Now that most of you are finding your rhythm with distance learning, here are some reasons to start using Google Classroom*, if you’re not already.
Why use Google Classroom?
- Classroom can be accessed from any mobile device using the app, or from any computer via Chrome
- Worksheets and tests can be created digitally and assigned to the whole class, small groups, or individual students
- Worksheets and tests that you upload to Classroom are also saved to Drive; any student work is also saved to Drive
- You can collaborate with colleagues by sharing docs and enabling editing functions
- Give students feedback on assignments by sending emails, posting to Stream (the social hub), or send private feedback on assignments
- Save time by eliminating hand grading work; spend that time in virtual classroom sessions or small group intervention sessions
- Communicate with parents by individual email or through Classroom summaries
A few tips to make the most of Classroom:
- Create assignments in batches and sort by subject or classroom (whichever is easier for you to manage)
- Keep assignments in draft form and only post when you want students to work on them
- For students who want more to do, create an “Explore More!” category with links and files for them to delve into topics of interest. Need ideas for resources? Boxlight has a dedicated resource space: Boxlight Free Resources
If you’re still unsure about why Google Classroom, or are not feeling as confident about using it as you know others are, Boxlight has online trainings available: Boxlight Together for Successful Distance Learning.
Boxlight also has a few blogs on how to best use Google Classroom:
- What is Google Keep and How Can I Use It in My Classroom?
- Format Like a Champ with These New Google Sheet Tricks
- 25 Awesome Tips for Google Apps in the Classroom
- Ten Reasons Why You Should Use Google Classroom
- How Google Docs Can Help You Work with Student Data to Improve Instruction
*In order to use Google Classroom, your school must sign up G Suite for Education. G Suite is free and includes Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.