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Finally! Google Classroom Rubrics that can be Reused!

For schools that have access to Rubrics in Google Classroom, an exciting development is the ability to Reuse previously created Rubrics. So don’t reinvent the wheel when adding rubric scoring to your Google Classroom Assignment! Reuse them! Watch this quick tutorial on how to find this feature. For more information, read my previous blog posts on Rubrics or check out the support page with Google.

Recently, Google Classroom enabled GSuite for Education users to beta test a Rubric Scoring feature for Google Classroom assignments.

Google Forms Locked Mode Quizzes 101

Learn the basics of setting up a Locked Mode Quiz on Google Forms and Google Classroom. Gain perspective on what students see during locked quizzes.

Google Classroom Rubrics

For quite some time, teachers have been waiting a long time to add objective grading criteria to their assignments in Google Classroom. In June, Google released news to districts that they could participate in a beta test to try Rubrics in Google Classroom. The Rubrics beta allows teachers to set criterion for grading, establish levels and create descriptors for each level that students can follow when completing work. Teachers can choose to add multiple criteria, and can even re-use rubrics in future assignments. If you are interested in this beta test, click here to learn more. If you are granted permission to set up the beta on your domain, follow the instructions below to create a rubric.

  1. From Google Classroom, choose Classwork

  2. Click Create > Assignment

  3. Enter a Title and Instructions

  4. Click Create Rubric

  5. Enter your Criterion, Points, Levels and Description

  6. Add additional criteria if needed.

  7. Click Save and then Assign your lesson.

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How to Create a Class with Google Classroom

  1. Navigate to

  2. Choose the "I am a Teacher" option

  3. Click the "+" sign in the top right-hand corner next to your Google account

  4. Select "Create Class", then give it a name and a section, and click "Create"

The "Section" field is a secondary descriptor for your class, so here you may want to add something like 1st period, a grade level, or some other short description.

Customize the Appearance of Your Class

  1. Hover your mouse over the banner image

  2. Look for the Select Theme link in the bottom right-hand corner

  3. Click Select Theme to open a gallery of photos you can choose for your class.

  4. Choose a photo from the gallery, then click Select Class Theme to change your header image.

Add a Syllabus to Google Classroom

  1. Open the class you need

  2. Click on the Classwork tab

  3. Click Create and then choose Material

  4. Add a title, description and any attachments you deem appropriate

  5. Click Topic and assign your materials to a new topic called Syllabus

  6. Click Post when you are done

How to Add Students to Google Classroom

  1. Click on the class that you want to students to register for

  2. Click the Settings gear icon at the top of the page

  3. Make a note of the class code and distribute this to students.

  4. Students will then navigate to, click the "+" sign in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and select Join class

  5. Students enter the class code, and will instantly be added to the class

Adding students manually Click on the class that you want to add students toThen click the "People" tab at the top of the pageClick the Invite Students icon (a plus sign next to a person)A search box will appear allowing you to search for the email addresses of individual students, contact groups or Google Groups.

Move, Edit or Archive a Class

  1. Click the menu button in the top left-hand corner of the screen (it looks like three horizontal lines)

  2. Select Classes to see all of the classes you have created

  3. Now click the three dots in the top right hand corner of the class you want to modify

  4. Choose Move, Edit or Archive to make the changes you need

Classroom Communication

There are two ways to encourage dialogue between students and the teachers in Google Classroom. The first is the Stream - a Facebook-like wall of messages that can be viewed by all members of the class. This feature is available to both students and teachers.

The second way to communicate is by using email. Students can click the three dots next to their teacher's name on the class homepage to open a Gmail message that is autofilled with their instructor's email address. Students can also email each other by clicking the Students tab, and clicking on the three dots to the right of the student's name and selecting Email Student.

Teachers can do the same when they click on the "People" tab, however, they have the additional option of selecting multiple students and then clicking Actions > Email to send a message to a group of students.

Create an Assignment in Google Classroom

  1. Open the class you want to add an assignment to

  2. Click the Classwork tab at the top of the page

  3. Click the Create button and choose to add an assignment

  4. Give your assignment a title and add any additional instructions or a description in the box below

  5. Click the date to choose a due date for your assignment, and add a time if you want to specify when it it due on a given day

  6. Choose the type of assignment you wish to create by clicking on one of the icons next to the word Assign. Your choices are to upload a file from your computer, attach a file from Google Drive, add a YouTube video, or add a link to a website.

  7. Click Assign to give this assignment to your students.

Sign up for the locked mode beta

Locked mode in Quizzes in Google Forms is a new way to keep students focused and distraction-free during tests and quizzes. Available only on managed Chromebooks, locked mode prevents students from navigating away from the Quiz in their Chrome browser until they submit their answers. Sign up for the beta today.

Sign up for the Gradebook beta in Google Classroom

We just launched a beta for Gradebook in Google Classroom, which provides instructors the ability to easily view and input grades across classwork and students. Instructors are able to view and customize average grades, set up weighted grade categories, and share overall performance with students. Sign up for the beta today.

Accessibility Features in Google Tools

We believe in building tools that aim to reach all learners. Ready to learn about the accessibility features built into all of our products? From visual aids to voice typing and from closed captions to screen readers, learn how to customize these settings today.

Have you ever found that perfect link to get students started at the beginning of class, or maybe a great link to use as a discussion prompt, well now you can easily use the Share to Classroom extension to assign it to students in your Google Classroom as a Bell Ringer Activity.

~ The Techy Coach, Shawn Beard

Share to Classroom

Click here to access the "Share To Classroom" extension

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