What is Google Classroom?

*Caution:  I am a Newbie.  I don't claim to know everything.  This is just what I have discovered using Google Classroom*

So I jumped on the Google Classroom Train.  Boy am I glad I did.
First in order to use Google Classroom (which is free), your school has to have G Suite for Education.  You can check with a technology person at your school to see if you have access to this.  Once you have access, you will go to the google classroom website to create an account.  Click here to take you to the website.

You will want to click on Register Now and sign in with your gmail account.  After signing in, you will need to create a class (a screen will pop up that looks like this..)
I simply put the class name (I don't teach sections).  I guess if I wanted a separate classroom for each subject I taught, I could do that.  However, I am just learning so I will stick with one class for now.  After you enter your class name, you will click create.  A new screen like this... will pop up.
 This will list all of the classes you create.  As you can see, I only have 1 class.  I have 23 students enrolled (which is funny because I have 26 students).  I guess I better get the others enrolled (after I figure out who they are).

When you click on your class, a new page like this... will appear.
These are the tab selections at the top of the page.  Depending on what tab you are in will determine what the rest of the web page looks like below these tabs.  Before you can do anything, you must add students into your class.  

A few things need to happen before adding students to a class.  If you are using IPADS or devices that require an app, you will need to make sure the app is downloaded on those devices.  If you are using google, you might want to bookmark the site for the kiddos.

Now this is where it gets tricky.  Each kid in your class must have an gmail account as well.  If your kiddos don't have a gmail account, again talk to your tech person or the person that would create accounts for the kiddos.  I kept my tech person busy the day I asked him to give 52 second graders an email address.  I teach second grade!  All of my students have a gmail account.  Yes, they can log in (and ours is really long because it is a portion of their name followed by @crothersville.k12.in.us).   He did make all of the passwords the same (which took time because he had to manually do this).  It helps me out because I don't have to remember 26 different passwords.

Ok so now that all of your kids have an email address they can join your class.  A tip from a friend told me that it was easier to have the kids enter your class code and join that way.  Here are the steps to do that.  
To add students, click on the tab that says students.  After doing that, on the left side of the screen you will see this...
Where the arrow is will be a code.  The kids will have to log in to google classroom using their email address (ok this took us a while in the beginning).  After logging in, there will be a series of screens and questions that they will go through (one question will be to allow notifications to be sent, I told my students to click allow or ok because when I assign something they will get a notification).  After finished, a screen will pop up like this...
The will click join class, select student,  and enter the class code given to you from above.  I found that it is easy to enter the code if I wrote it on the chalkboard or somewhere that all students could see the code.  After they enter the code, it will show them added to your class.

After they join, you can create assignments for them.  To do this, you will select the tab shown below from the classroom home screen.
When you click on the stream tab, it lists all of the assignments you have created and allows you to create more assignments.  Here is how you create an assignment...
In the bottom right corner of the streaming page, you will see a + sign.  When you click on that, you will select the button that says create an assignment.  A screen will appear that looks like this...
You will give your assignment a title, add instructions, and a due date.  From here, you can add attachments (PDF, Word Document, Google Slides), videos (from YouTube), and links.  When finished, you will click assign.  Your list of assignments will show up under the streaming tab and look like this...
Here is one assignment I created.  This was a game they needed to play to practice math facts.  You can see the number of kids that have completed the assignment and those that haven't.  When you click on the numbers (or assignment) it will bring up a detailed list of the kids that have and have not finished the assignment *Warning if the student doesn't click turn in assignment it will show they have not completed it even if they think they have*
Here is my detailed list for this assignment...
If this had been a worksheet or PDF, I could click on their name and view the assignment they completed to grade and make comments on.

So far, I have used Google Classroom to assign links to my kids, PDF's to my kids, Google Slides to my kids, and finally Google Docs.  Stay tuned for more info on each of these tasks if you are interested.

If you have any tips/tricks, I would love to hear from you.  Please feel free to email me or comment below.

If you are 1:1 and have access to Google Classroom, you must give it a try.  It is amazing!

Have a Great Day and God Bless!

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