I started to write this post a few weeks ago…

  • You can’t share a class between two teachers
  • There is no gradebook created for each class
  • Formative assessment is a bit of a work around
  • We can’t use our class groups to add a whole class to a classroom
  • It doesn’t link assignments to calendar

Since I started it some things have changed with Google Classroom. The feedback button worked!

  • You can’t share a class between two teachers
  • You can now download all assignment grades (not a ‘gradebook’ but something you can use in that way)
  • Formative assessment is a bit of a work around (doctopus and goobric can be used for formative feedback and grading)
  • You can now
  • It doesn’t link assignments to calendar
I was sitting in a Swedish airport when I took this screenshot.
I was sitting in a Swedish airport when I took this screenshot.

I have enjoyed using Google Classroom with my classes because:

I can share with my class in one place and they have started to have conversations about the work and students from my class are answering each other’s questions.

I get a copy of a template document created for every student with the same naming convention.

I set homework that doesn’t need to be handed in during a lesson. I can set a deadline for a day before our lesson and plan for that lesson based on their actual strengths and weaknesses.

It is easy to learn so other teachers can get started quickly. Here are the slides from my training session on Google Classroom. When I run the session it is a hands-on hour where delegates join my classroom as students before developing their own. You will not be able to do this via the link but I would happily discuss providing training for a group of teachers.

Note: Google Classroom is only available to educational organisations that have Google Apps for Education (GAfE) accounts. If you don’t they are free to set up. You can read about my own school’s journey transitioning to Google Apps here.

If you are looking to “Go Google” then you can get training from Google Education Trainers, who can train staff and students and help guide you on a strategy for effective implementation.

 

 

 

 

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