Category: Google Classroom

Google Gives Thanks to Teachers with Great Updates

As most of the Google Classroom users in the district know two of the biggest drawbacks ti Google classroom have been that you cannot schedule when posts are available for students to see and parents do not have access to the site. Well on Tuesday May 3rd, Google announced some New Features to Google Classroom that will really help teachers and as a way to give thanks to teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. to Google Classroom that will really help teachers. You can now create assignments and schedule them to be posted at a later date and in Fall 2016 Parents will have the ability to sign up for daily or weekly email notifications about their child’s progress.

Below are the original post from Google about the changes, a video from Tom Mullaney (Instructional Technology Facilitator at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, NC) on How to Schedule Post in Google Classroom and if you can’t wait until the fall to get parents involved a video from Tom Mullaney describing how to Use Google Calendar to Allow Parents to See Inside your Google Classroom. 

Google Gives Thanks Blog Post


Best Sites for Google Cheat Sheets

If you have ever started a project in a Google App that you are using for the first time you know that learning all of the options can be a little daunting. To address this issue a lot of websites have been creating “cheat sheets” that give you an easy visual way to provide you and your students with all of the tips, tricks and how-to information to become a GAFE expert. Below are the two best sites for Google Cheat Sheets along with links for each cheat sheet:

Teacher Tech: Google Drawings

Google Drawings Reviewed by Colleen Quinn-Maxwell (LMHS Health & PE Teacher)

Website: No web address it is one of the tools in the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Suite

Google-compatible: YES

iPad App:  There is no iPad App available however you can get to Google Drawings on an iPad via your web browser

PROS: Easy to use for presentation of information, instructions, online posters, directions, etc.  It is easy to use, has creative options for colors, shapes, backgrounds, is a google app. Students can collaborate & work on same drawing at same time from different computers.

CONS:  Small slide/frame space to work with so limited to what you can display.
Students had difficulty entering text at first and learning to navigate the shapes I created on the drawing attachment.

Specific Teaching Activities:

Health Topic Poster

I utilized google drawings for instructions for a summative online/virtual poster project for my students to demonstrate their comprehension of our last unit where they were able to choose to make a pro or anti campaign poster on a topic that we discussed.  Students had the option to continue to use google drawings to produce their poster or use a powerpoint slide.

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WaWa Webquest Meal Planning

I also utilized google drawings for students to present information for their nutritional 1 day meal plan after completing a 1 day Wawa Web Quest.  It provided clear formatting and display of information for students and myself for grading/submission

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How to Edit a Google Doc on the iPad

One issue that many teachers have encountered is that when they assign a worksheet ot return a document to students via Google Classroom the students cannot edit the doc when they open it. The best solution to the problem is to follow the steps below:

  1. Have the students log into the Google Docs App to open the file
  2. When they pull up the document they should see a pencil in a blue circle at the bottom right hand corner of their screen
  3. They should click the pencil to pull up the keyboard & begin editing


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4. If they do not see the pencil then they need to click on the forward arrow (red box below) to pull up the keyboard and begin editing the document

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Google Sites: Creating a Basic Site

Google Sites is a great tool for creating webpages. Google Sites is not only easy to use but it also brings together all of the other great GAFE services in that it allows users to embedGoogle-sites-icon Google Docs, Drawings, Youtube Videos, etc. It is also a great way for teachers to share student projects via a class website or to create student portfolios. For more uses, read Richard Byrne’s  5 Ways to Use Google Sites in Schools or Technology Enhanced Learning’s  10 Ideas for Google Sites in Education ways to use Creating a site is fairly easy, just follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your Google account
  2. Click on the Google Apps Waffle
  3. Click on sites and enter the sites page
  4. Click on the red “create” button on the left hand side of your screen
  5. Choose a template, click on:
    • Browse Gallery for More- to work from an existing site template created by LMTSD or to search public templates. Some pre-made template will be hard to modify.
    • Blank Template– to design your own site from scratch
  6. Enter a name for your site. The name and URL you choose must be unique within your domain. You can change the name later, but you can’t change the URL.
  7. Click on choose a theme and pick a theme for your site. Each theme comes with a preset background, color scheme, and font selection. You can adjust fonts, colors, and the background later, and you can always change the theme once the site has been created.
  8. Optional:  You can click on more options to categorize your site or to  add a site description.
  9. Click on Create

Now you are ready to add pages to your site

Deleted Posts in Google Classroom

If you have ever accidentally deleted a post in Google Classroom you are probably wondering if you can recover or “undelete” it. The answer is yes & no.

You cannot recover a deleted post however it stays on a deleted posts list (left hand side of your teacher screen) so you can look at work that students handed in for 28 days. You can also go into the post and manually copy & paste the information if you want to “reuse” the post.

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 To look at student work follow the steps below

  1. Go to your google drive

2. Search for “Classroom”

3.Open Classroom folder and locate your class.

4. Find Assignment folder.

5. All student work should be present in that folder.

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How To Create An EDpuzzle & Share It On Google Classroom

EDpuzzle- is a great interactive video assessment tool that allows students to watch and engage with videos while the teacher gathers data throughout the lesson. To create an EDpuzzle and share it with your class via Google Classroom follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the EDpuzzle website: and sign up for an account or if you already have an account simply click on Log In and put in your username & passwordScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.34.55 AM.png
  2. Click on My Content, create and new videoScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.31.11 AM.png
  3. On the create new video page you can either search for a video on a specific topic by typing in your search term in the search bar and clicking on the channel you wish to search. You must identify the channel or it will default to EDpuzzle and provide you with already created EDpuzzles. You can also type in the URL for the video you wish to use (EDpuzzle can only use videos from the channels associated with it) Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.38.40 AM.png
  4. Choose the video you wish to use and click on use itScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.43.40 AM.png
  5. On the video editing screen you can do several tasks:
    • You can crop the video so that you only include the part(s) of the video that you want to useScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.59.58 AM
    • You can add an audio track and talk over the video in order to give instructions or clarify something the video is discussingScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.01.03 AM
    • You can add audio notes to supplement the videoScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.03.09 AM.png
    • You can add open ended or multiple choice questions with feedbackScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.04.02 AM
    • You can provide a comment on the videoScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.04.37 AM
  6. Once you have created your EDpuzzle click on save & finish top right hand corner of the screenScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.11.19 AM
  7. Click on assign to classScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.10.54 AM
  8. Click on share & share with your Google ClassroomScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.10.08 AM
  9. Share your EDpuzzle as an assignment on Google Classroom and click assignScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 9.09.28 AM.png