Have you always wanted to reduce the number of wasted photocopies you make every year? Are you looking for a user-friendly platform? Look no more! Google Classroom is an online blended learning platform that is readily available to educators as part of Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Google Classroom allows teachers to set up a collaborative online learning space where students can submit assignments, complete quizzes, access shared documents, comment on posts, and easily access class files with Google Drive seamlessly integrated.
Key educational benefits of this tool:
- Creating a paperless classroom has never been easier – share Google Docs, invite peer collaboration, and easily collect student assignments in one easy-to-navigate platform.
- Google Classroom allows for seamless integration of all Google Apps (Google Docs, Calendar, Drive, Gmail, Sheets, Forms, Slides).
- Content is available 24/7 and can be accessed on any mobile device with an internet browser.
Google has developed numerous how-to videos, making it easy for educators to participate in professional development and implement new ideas in the classroom.
Google Classroom has unlimited potential. It has been called “Google Drive Management”…providing educators and students an easy way to connect all that Google Apps for Education has to offer. Here are just a few ways that Google Classroom can make your life easier!
Idea 1 – Post Templates / Notes
Google Classroom’s media stream is the perfect platform for posting student handouts, assignments, or URL links. No longer can students use the excuse, “I forgot my homework at school.” When templates are created in Google Docs, students can easily begin to collaborate on tasks. Documents can be tailored to individual student needs, and shared with specific individuals rather than the whole class.
Idea 2 – Communicate from a Distance
Never fret about sudden illness. Use Google Classroom to communicate from a distance. Leaving supply material has never been easier – simply upload student instructions, URL links, a video file or attachments from home. Similarly, students who are away from class can see what they have missed and proactively work to get caught up.
Idea 3 – Complete, Track and Evaluate Paperless Quizzes and Assignments
Tired of trying to track down missing assignments? Do you waste time marking multiple choice and true/false questions? Use Google Classroom as an online assessment tool. Quizzes and Assignments can be easily shared using a URL or through one of Google’s G Suite Apps (such as Google Forms). Students can submit their assignment electronically, attaching required documents or photos to their submission. Educators can easily assess student work, assign a grade, and provide individualized feedback.
- Resource 1 – Google’s Educator Training Program
- Resource 2 – 100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators
- Resource 3 – 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom
Did you know that Google Classroom is FREE for educators? All Google G Suite for Education programs are free.