How to Create a Class with Google Classroom
- Navigate to https://classroom.google.com
- Choose the "I am a Teacher" option
- Click the "+" sign in the top right-hand corner next to your Google account
- Select "Create Class", then give it a name and a section, and click "Create"
Customize the Appearance of Your Class
- Hover your mouse over the banner image
- Look for the Select Theme link in the bottom right-hand corner
- Click Select Theme to open a gallery of photos you can choose for your class.
- Choose a photo from the gallery, then click Select Class Theme to change your header image.
Add a Syllabus to Google Classroom
- Open the class you need
- Click on the Classwork tab
- Click Create and then choose Material
- Add a title, description and any attachments you deem appropriate
- Click Topic and assign your materials to a new topic called Syllabus
- Click Post when you are done
How to Add Students to Google Classroom
- Click on the class that you want to students to register for
- Click the Settings gear icon at the top of the page
- Make a note of the class code and distribute this to students.
- Students will then navigate to https://classroom.google.com, click the "+" sign in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and select Join class
- Students enter the class code, and will instantly be added to the class
Move, Edit or Archive a Class
- Click the menu button in the top left-hand corner of the screen (it looks like three horizontal lines)
- Select Classes to see all of the classes you have created
- Now click the three dots in the top right hand corner of the class you want to modify
- Choose Move, Edit or Archive to make the changes you need
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
- Open the class you want to add an assignment to
- Click the Classwork tab at the top of the page
- Click the Create button and choose to add an assignment
- Give your assignment a title and add any additional instructions or a description in the box below
- 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
- 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.
- Click Assign to give this assignment to your students.
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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