FEEDBACK TO STUDENTS THAT FURTHERS LEARNING

It is easy to know everyone's status and to follow up with students who are missing work with Google Classroom. Now, you'll be able to keep track of assignments coming in with a simple glance. Everything is timestamped, so late work is easily identifiable.

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Students receive notifications on their phone when assignments and announcements are posted, making it easy for students to stay on top of classroom happenings. As a teacher, the app enables you to post from your phone.

ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS WITH AN ONLINE DISCUSSION

Use the “Create Question” feature to post a question to the classroom stream. You can set it to private so only you can see the responses, or allow students to respond to one another.

STUDENT INTERESTS AND NEEDS SURVEY

STATEMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING

Teachers can now can view a single list of an individual student’s work from the entire year. This means you’ll have easy access to all the work from every student all year long — ideal for student- or parent-teacher conferences, child studies, IEP meetings and more.

DIFFERENTIATE LIKE A BOSS

When creating an assignment, teachers have the option of sending it to the whole class or individual students. This means you can easily differentiate instructions, materials and due dates without having to single anyone out.


What is it?

This feature allows you to assign work to individual students and small groups. You can check off which students need to get the assignment — any number of students, from one to all but one in the class and anywhere in between.

After it’s assigned, when you click to grade the assignment, only those students assigned to that assignment will show up. The assignment will only be displayed to students to whom it is assigned.

How does it work?

It’s a very simple feature. Below is a screencast tutorial that walks you through the whole process start to finish …

Here’s what it looks like (described with words and images):

1. Open Google Classroom and go to a class. Click the “+” button in the bottom right corner and click, “Create assignment.

2. You’ll notice a drop-down menu that says “All students” next to the name of the class you’re assigning to. That’s where this feature comes in … click it!

3. If you want to assign to all students, just leave it as is. All students are selected by default. But if you want to select a smaller group of students to assign to, uncheck “All students”. Then select the students you want using the check boxes next to their names.

4. Complete your assignment. (Don’t forget to do the instructions part. When students are absent or return back to an assignment later, they’ll be lost without them!) Then click “Assign.” (You can also schedule it or save it as a draft with the drop-down triangle button next to “Assign”.)

5. Your assignment is assigned to that group! When you go to grade the assignment (click on the “Done” or “Not done” area), you’ll see that only the students you assigned it to are displayed.


(Note: Any students you did not assign this assignment to will not see this assignment in Google Classroom.)

What can I do with it

A lot! This new feature unlocks several options in the classroom …

1. Group activities — Assign an activity to an individual group. Then, all the group members are all together in one place. You won’t have to check and double check who is in which group. (Also 1e)

2. Providing extra practice — If some students are struggling and could use some extra work — or some suggested sites for practice — assign it just to those students.

3. Leveling activities — Differentiate an activity by creating two, three or four versions of it. A more basic version of the activity has less steps, less detail or less rigor. A more advanced version has more steps, detail or rigor. Add one or two versions in the middle and you have several levels to challenge a variety of students. Assign as needed. (Also 1f)

4. Interest-based activities — Have some Harry Potter fans in class? Or a group that loves motocross or sports? If you can identify groups of students that have the same interest, how fun would it be to include those interests in the work they do in class? (Also 1e)

5. Rotating activities — If you have stations or a set of activities students will do over a period of days or weeks, keep assignments simple by assigning just the one that group is working on. If students will rotate through four different activities, assign one group just activity #2 until they’re done with it. Then assign them the next one. The “reuse post” feature will make this quick and easy once you’ve assigned all of the activities once. (Also 1e)

INTERNET RESOURCES

USE OF VARIED RESOURCES

Bring your lessons to life with Expeditions

Introduce your students to a new way of learning with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Download the Expeditions app to get started.

Lessons that reflect important concepts (also 1a)

Step back in time and explore the world of the wealthy families who inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. Wealthy families in the 1920s built elaborate mansions just outside of New York City on the northern coast of Long Island. Tour some of the existing mansions, OHEKA Castle, Old Westbury Gardens, Hempstead House, Castle Gould, and Eagle’s Nest, to take a peek​ into the lives of the families who lived there and the story they inspired.

[Expeditions] - List of Available Expeditions

SEE REAL-TIME PROGRESS GIVING REAL-TIME INFORMATION

Google Classroom makes it easy to check in on student work. From the Student Work screen, click on any student's assignment thumbnail to view real-time progress. From there, it’s easy to provide targeted feedback using the comment feature in Docs or Slides. Use the handy revision history feature to track changes since your last view. Revision history also allows you to see how productive (or not so productive) a particular student was during class time.

FORMATIVE ASSESMENTS AT A GLANCE

VARIETY OF PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

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