Providing for robust usage of Google Classroom at school and at home involves decisions that take into account not only network/device safety, but also digital citizenship and teacher pedagogy. Successful programs involve collaboration between district technology staff, instructional/curriculum leaders and teachers.
This site has been developed to support your district in these efforts. Purposeful, seamless curriculum and technology integration is the goal of the Digital Age Learning team at Region 20. Please let us know how we can support your district.
Check the page linked at the top for non-Google resources for virtual instruction.
Free Webinars, Digital Age Learning Office Hours and ESC-20 TexQuest Office Hours
Schedule for week of 3/23 - 3/27
Schedule for week of 3/23 - 3/27
What devices will your students and staff use for on or off-site access?
Will they have home internet service or a phone they can connect to as a hotspot for internet service?
Will you distribute Chromebooks. laptops, or tablets/ iPads for at-home use?
Do your internet filtering mechanisms work when devices are not on your network?
Can users install necessary apps on tablets/iPads? If not, apps will need to be installed prior to distribution. (Needed: Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Chrome browser)
Inventory Controls and Insurance
Student privacy. Are the outside resources that you are using following your District student privacy policies?
Ensure your District has already created a Google for Education domain and has Organizational Units created to organize schools, teachers, students, and possibly devices. An effective organizational structure will make it easy to apply access permissions and restrictions to entire units. See suggested OU structure: Recommendations for OU Structure.
Teachers/Staff Google Accounts
Student Google Accounts. Note: although Google accounts resemble email addresses, districts can restrict student access to Google. If operating remotely, ALL will need email, restrict to internal district email for younger students.)
Enable Guardian Summaries
Consider 'pushing out' extensions to students rather than whitelisting in the event of virtual instruction. Recommended extensions.
Updates on 3/5/2020 from Google's Global Head of Education - including an expansion of Google Hangouts Meet feature to deliver virtual instruction - including recording capabilities. THESE FEATURES WILL NEED TO BE ENABLED FOR YOUR DOMAIN! Instructions here. The post also has some great student engagement tips from the lens of distance learning. Free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite for Education customers globally including:
Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive
Updates on 3/19/2020 for Google Hangouts Meet. Be sure to check domain settings. These enhancements will roll out over the next 2-3 weeks.
Teachers will be able to mute student audio
Students will not be able to mute other participant (or teacher) audio
Students will not be able to join or reopen a meeting room without the teacher present
If your District does NOT have a Google for Education domain, click here for guidelines for creating one. Contact the Digital Age Learning staff at ESC20 for additional assistance.
Have in place a mechanism for automatically syncing your Google accounts for staff and students to your internal Microsoft® Active Directory® or LDAP Servers: Google Cloud Directory Sync (GCDS, free of charge). Optional tool but highly recommended.
G Suite Password Sync (GSPS, free of charge) Keeps changes to user Microsoft® Active Directory® synced with Google. Optional tool but highly recommended.
Google School Directory Sync (SDS, free of charge) Synchronize school and classroom information automatically. Not required, optional tool. Is compatible with Skyward.
Before creating your district training plan, ask your IT Director to share the current Google Classroom user usage report information with you.
This information can help inform your district rollout plans and assist you in identifying local power users for teacher training and support.
Educator Training Resources
Guardian email summaries for family engagement
Tips for Creating Classroom Assignments (with screenshots)
Google for Education Teacher Training - Free online training resources designed with a pedagogical approach to effective uses of Google. Recommend educators begin with Fundamentals Training (Educator Level 1) and then Advanced Training (Educator Level 2). OPTIONAL online tests/assesments (fee charged). Additional free courses available: Support English Language Learners, Tools for Diverse Learners, Digital Citizenship and Safety and more.
Be Internet Awesome Digital Citizenship lessons from Google for Education, including pre-made Google Slides presentations utilizing Pear Deck Add On for Google Slides.
Digital Citizenship resources from Common Sense Media.