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Facilitated by: Lainie Rowell
Main Website:lainierowell.com
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Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (And Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier)

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google Classroom an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to solve the workflow problem while building community and making collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom. This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources and information about these collaborative tools. 

Google Classroom Code: yvbe32 

Google Classroom


  1. Go to classroom.google.com
  2. Click on the ‘Teacher’ button
  3. "Join class" (top right)
  4. Enter class code to join: ???

This is a problem...

This is a solution...

Google Classroom: Introduction 

Google Classroom Help

More about Classroom on Alice Keeler's site.

The legal stuff... principals.wikispaces.com/legal

Google Classroom Helpful Tips and Ideas

Most Common Use of Google

For some of you, this may be all you know about Google.

But there's EVEN MORE. Login has its privileges! 

 Google Drive


  • Productivity Suite, similar to Microsoft
  • Cloud Storage for your files and folders
  • Sync to your computer for offline access
  • Files save automatically
  • Accessible anywhere
  • No Flash Drive is needed
Recommendation: Turn on "Convert Uploads"

Google Docs

Get to Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawings via the Apps Launcher (aka The Waffle; The 9 Square)
Slide Templates - slidescarnival.com
Audio Feedback - kaizena.com

Lucie deLaBruere - LearningWithLucie.com

Activity 1: How can Google Docs be used to foster collaboration among educators?

  • In a small group, create a document, presentation, or spreadsheet to illustrate your answer. Example answers include:
    • Using a document for shared assessments, lesson plans, meeting minutes, or other resources.
    • Using a presentation for shared materials - or presenting data.
    • Using a spreadsheet for sharing and analyzing data.
  • One group member should create a document, presentation, or spreadsheet to illustrate your group's answer.
  • Add your colleagues as collaborators.
  • Mock up a "proof-of-concept" to illustrate something you might actually implement.
    • While you are here, try "Comments" and "Suggesting" mode.
  • One member of each group will present the file to the large group.

Activity 2: Using Google Docs Forms

YouTube Video

Activity 3: How can Google Docs Forms be used for Data Collection, Analysis, and Sharing?

  • Example topics include:
    • A Teacher (or Student) Observation Form
    • A WASC Data Collection Form
    • An Awards Nomination Form
    • A Professional Development Evaluation
    • A Staff or Community Survey
      • A PLC Team Meeting Form
      • Attendance
      • Team Smart Goal
      • Strategies and Action Steps
      • Responsibilities
      • Timeline
      • Evidence of Effectiveness
    • Advanced: A Self-Grading Quiz
  • Create a form for collecting data.
  • Mock up a "proof-of-concept" to illustrate something you might actually implement.
  • Send the "live form" link to colleagues so they can fill out your form.
  • Share the results with colleagues or publish them as a web page.
  • Optional: Create (and publish) charts of the results.

CHALLENGE Activity: Create a self-grading quiz! 
  • Create a three-question quiz using a Google Form.
  • Solicit sample answers from some colleagues.
  • Use Flubaroo to score it 

Google Classroom - Workflow Demo 



Learn more about Sites here!

Work Session

Pick one of the tools we discussed today (see above) and spend time planning and creating for your class(es). 
Possible options:


See links on the left!

Lainie's Website 

Bookmarks are available at http://www.diigo.com/user/lainierowell/google 

Lainie's Pinterest Board for Google/Chromebooks at https://www.pinterest.com/lainierowell/chromebooks/ 

Google for Education Overview