One of the best parts of teaching is the opportunity to remake your classroom each new year. As you begin this new year - here are 4 reasons to consider utilizing Google Classroom in your learning environment this school year to truly transform your teaching!
Google Classroom creates a single online place for students and teachers to access. All the organizing of folders and docs happens in the background. What you see is a stream (see image at right) of assignments, announcements and discussion questions. Students can click inside the stream to access their assignments. Teachers grade and return assignments in the very same place!
Instead of standing at the copy machine preparing pages for students - you can create a digital handout in Google Docs and attach that to your assignment with detailed directions. When you attach docs in Google Classroom you have the option to create one for each student - this makes a copy with the students' names attached and sends it to their drive. No more lost, misplaced or eaten assignments!
Teachers have access to their students' work at any time in Google Classroom. When an assignment is created, Google creates a matching folder where the students' work lives (see image at right). Each student retains ownership until it is 'turned in' but the teacher can also access the work. That means teachers can see student progress and add comments or suggestions to assigned work prior to a final product.
Google Classroom now allows multiple teachers to access the same classroom. That means you can invite the Resource teacher, consultants or other support staff, or the principal to your online classroom. All they need is a school gmail address in your domain. Go to the ABOUT page in your stream and click on Invite Teacher (see image at right).
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