4 Must-Have Google Classroom Skills for Teachers
Google Classroom is quite a robust platform for teachers and students to communicate, collaborate, and manage assignments digitally. Google is continually updating and giving us new features that make it an even more powerful tool. Whether you are new to Google Classroom, or a savvy expert, there is always something new to discover. Here are four things you must know about Google Classroom assignments.
As you may know, I’ve started collecting your questions about Google Classroom (Google Classroom Q&A) to better tailor blog posts to answer your questions and meet your needs. I’ve already received a few hundred questions! While I will not be able to answer each question individually, what I can do is answer the most frequent questions on this blog and begin to build a Google Classroom FAQ to help teachers and students.
This post is a compilation of some of the most frequently asked questions about Google Classroom Assignments.
Creating Assignments in Google Classroom
When you create assignments in Google Classrooms, you will notice a lot of options. Knowing how to maximize these options will help you to meet the needs of your students and save valuable time.
4 Must-Have Google Classroom Skills
1. How to Distribute a Google Classroom Assignment to Multiple Classes
For those of you that teach the same subject across multiple class periods, you can create an assignment and distribute to multiple classes at once and save valuable time.
When you create a new assignment in Google Classroom,
1. Click the drop-down arrow next to the name of your class.
2. From here you can use the checkboxes to select each class that you would like to distribute the assignment.
- If you need to edit the assignment, you will have to edit each assignment in each class, individually.
- You can’t post to individual students across multiple classes. Posts to multiple classes are shared with all students in the classes.
2. How to Schedule Assignments in Google Classroom
Sometimes you need to create assignments ahead of time, so students don’t see it in their feed or get an alert until you are ready.
1. Create your assignment.
2. In the bottom right, click the drop-down arrow and choose, “schedule.”
3. Select the date and time you want the assignment to post.
4. Click, “schedule.”
How to Schedule an Assignment in Google Classroom
- Posts can only be scheduled for one class at a time. So if you want to schedule for multiple classes, these steps will have to be followed for each class. You can, however, save as a draft for multiple classes at once by selecting the checkboxes for each class.
3. How to Assign Work to Individuals and Groups
You can give an assignment just to one particular student, or a group of students instead of the entire class. By default, an assignment is posted to all students in the class.
1. Click the drop-down arrow next to, “All Students.”
2. Deselect “All Students”
3. Select just the student or group of students you wish to receive the assignment post.
- You’ll see the number of students you posted to on the assignment in the class stream. To view the students’ names, click number students on the assignment.
- You can’t post to individual students if more than one class is included. And, you can’t post to more than 100 individual students at a time.
- Also see my previous post: How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom for additional information and tips!
4. How to Make Copies of Assignment Materials in Google Classroom
You can add attachments, links to outside resources and websites, YouTube videos, or Google Drive files to your assignment. When the file attachment is a Google Docs, Sheet, or Slide, you gain additional options for distribution and how students interact with the file.
After you select the Doc, Sheet, or Slide file, you will see a new drop-down menu option.
Students can view file—All students can read the file, but not edit it.
Students can edit file—All students share the same file and can make changes to it.
Make a copy for each student—(For Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides only) Students receive an individual copy of the file that they can edit. The student’s name is automatically added to the document title. When a student turns in the assignment, the teacher sees the file labeled with the student’s name.
- The above options are for Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides only.
- Once you click assign, you cannot edit these options. If you choose the wrong option, or simply change your mind, you will have to delete the assignment and start over.
- If you attach a Google Forms quiz, grades can be imported directly to the Student Work page if there is no other attachment on the assignment.
- Grade importing can’t be enabled if there is another attachment on the assignment.
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