What is Google classroom?

Google Classroom is a free service (web) made by google. It has been designed to make the lives of students and teachers easier. It aims to put together all school tasks like projects, assignments, class lectures, etc in one place. It is a way of going paperless and completely making the way of education go “digital”.

Teachers and students can interact through google classroom without going to an actual class. It is a very efficient way of communication among teachers and students.

How to login to Google Classroom

Firstly, before getting into the steps, you must have a Gmail account.

Step1: Browse to edu.google.com and click on go to Classroom

edu.google.com home

Step2: Type in your Gmail email and password

google classroom login

Step3: A message appears, read it and click “Continue”.

classroom welcome message

Step4: If you are using a G-Suite education account, click “I’m a teacher” or “I’m a student”.

Step5: Lastly, click on get started and your google classroom login is done!

How to create your first class with Google Classroom

Step1: After you finish the google classroom login procedure, on the welcome screen click on the plus sign on top and click on create class.

first class with google classroom

Step2: The create class dialogue box appears, enter class name and section.

create class box

Step3: Lastly, click create!

 

How to invite students and co-teachers

After you are done with the above steps, you can now use google classroom. To invite students, follow the steps below:

Step1: Open the class you need.

Step2: On the top click on People then Invite students

invite student to classroom

Step3: Type in the students or groups email address

Step4: Click on search results and choose group or student

invite student

Step5: To be able to invite more students, you need to repeat steps 3 and 4

Step6: Lastly, click on Invite.

After the invitation has been emailed, the class list will automatically update to show students who have been invited.

Google classroom lets you invite teachers to class to help co-ordinate class activities. You can invite a group of teachers or an individual.

Here’s how you can invite co-teachers:

Step1: Select the class you wish to add co-teachers or groups to.

Step2: Then at the top, click on people

invite teachers to class

Step3: You have the option of inviting individual teachers or as a group. As you enter text the classroom will show you matching addresses you ma choose from.

invite teachers box

Step4: If you wish to invite more teachers, repeat step 3.

Step5: Click on the invite.

After the invite has been sent, the teacher must click on the URL sent in the email or login to Google classroom and click accept on the class card.

Communicating in class

Here’s how teachers can communicate with their students using google classroom:

Step1: Navigate to classroom.google.com

Step2: Select the class of the student you wish to email

Step3: Click on people

Step4: Next to the student’s name, there’s an email option, click on it

Step5: In the new email, type in the mail and send it to the student.

How to create an assignment

Teachers can create assignments to post immediately, save it as a draft or schedule to have it posted in a specific time. The following steps show you how:

Step1: Click on the class you need and then classwork tab

Step2: On the top click on create and then click on assignment

create assignment

Step3: Type in the title and any other instructions

Step4: Next to For click on the down bar and select the class or classes you wish to include

Note: You cannot post an assignment for a single student across multiple classes. Posts to multiple classes are shared by all the students.

You can add attachments to your assignments using Google drive

Step1: Click on the drive

attach assignment from drive

Step2: Select the item you want to attach and click add
add assignment from google drive

To attach a file:

  1. Click attach
  2. Choose the file from documents, and upload.

Here’s how you can add the syllabus:

 

Step1: Click on the down arrow next to topic

Step2: To create a topic, click the create topic and enter the topic name

Step3: Select a topic on the list, click on it.

How to complete and submit assignments

Student’s class assignments can be seen in stream or classwork pages. After completing the work, students can submit it online using google classroom. Your teacher will see what you submitted and then mark it.

There are two ways in which you can submit assignments:

  1. If you have to attach anything, go to turn in an assignment
  2. If you don’t have any attachments, go to mark an assignment as done.

Students can make changes or edit their assignments after submission and before the teacher marks it.

How to turn in an assignment:

Click the class and then click on the assignment you have to do.

If there’s a form attached to the assignment, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the form and answer the questions
  2. Click submit then mark as done and then confirm
  3. If it’s only the form, your assignment is turned in, if there’s more work in the assignment then click on open assignment.

Mark as done

  1. Click the class then click on the assignment
  2. Click mark as done
  3. This is optional but you can add comments under private comments for your teacher to see.Choo

 

How can the assignments be graded?

Using google classroom you have various ways of grading students, like numeric, comments only or a combination of both:

  1. Click on the class whose assignments you are about to grade
  2. On top you can see classwork, click on it and then click the assignment and then click on view assignment.
  3. Enter the grade next to the students name and it will get saved automatically
  4. Enter the grades for any other students in class.
  5. Let students know about their grades by returning the submission

Benefits

Google classroom is here to take your classes productivity and efficiency to another level.

Here are some of the many reasons why you need to start using google classroom:

Go paperless

Yes, you heard right! With google classroom, you can do more than an ordinary class without having to carry around heavy books and papers. All your work is saved in cloud storage. This is also helping the environment, no more cutting down trees for paper, this means there is more oxygen for us! All you need is a Gmail account and you google classroom login instantly.

Manage workflow easily

Teachers don’t have to walk around the class and ask students to give their homework and assignments. Google classroom manages everything for them. Like deadlines, how many students have submitted their work etc. It will also show students who are not giving their work on time.

Easily monitor students progress

All of the work that is done by the student is saved in one place, this will let teachers see how well students are doing in different homework and assignments. Teachers can then tell students how they can do better and give them advice using the comments option.

Never lose work

As everything is saved online, students don’t have to worry about carrying homework books or pen drives to submit their work. They can easily submit their work from any location using any device available to them. Teachers also don’t have to hear excuses like “My dog ate my homework”.

The App

The google classroom app lets students and teachers keep updated even when they are not in front of a desktop or laptop. Students will get notifications about homework and assignments as soon as they have been posted. Teachers can also post about homework from anywhere and not have to carry around a heavy laptop.

No more extra copies

Even if students are absent and missed out on announcements, teachers can always update them through google classroom without having to make extra copies of the assignment.

View all with one screen

You can see all the work done by a single student on one screen, this takes away the stress of looking at every test paper and classwork/ homework done one at a time to know how well the student is doing.

FREE!

Google classroom is completely free! What more can one want or expect for something that doesn’t cost a single penny. It is also continuously improving and adding new features to make the virtual experience of a classroom more life like.

Makes it easier for students and teachers

Nowadays all university students need to submit their work online, google classroom helps students learn these things from an early age so they don’t find it difficult on higher levels. Teachers can also easily create projects and work for everyone or individuals.

Group work

Teachers can sort students into groups and have them work together using google docs.

Discuss

Teachers can discuss and ask questions just like an actual class by using the option “create question”. The settings can be set to private so only teachers can see the responses or they can also allow students to discuss among themselves.

Involve the parents

The guardian summaries option will send an overview of weekly classwork and homework being done. It will give parents an idea about what is being covered in class and how their child is progressing. If a student is missing any work or did poorly in a test, parents can easily stay informed.

Google classroom is an excellent way to modern education, it benefits are numerous for both students and teachers. As the world continues to advance students need to have technological skills from a young age in order for them to stay competitive.

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