Google Classroom Guide for Educators

Updated on September 7, 2018
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Jonathan is a certified teacher who has taught in the UK and in the US. He now works as a Digital Learning Consultant.

Google Classroom is free to all Google Apps for Education Schools
Google Classroom is free to all Google Apps for Education Schools | Source

The Rise of Google Classroom

Google Classroom officially launched in August 2014, and educators around the world have been taking full advantage of this new learning platform as a way to take their classroom to the cloud. Are there features missing that teachers would love to see? Sure, but good things come to those who wait. Besides, Google is updating Classroom on a regular basis so new things are arriving all the time. Here's a step-by-step guide to get you started.

How to Create a Class with Google Classroom

Creating classes is the first step for teachers who want to set up an online space with Google Classroom. Thankfully, this is easy to do. Here's how.

  1. Navigate to https://classroom.google.com
  2. Choose the "I am a Teacher" option
  3. Click the "+" sign in the top right-hand corner next to your Google account
  4. Select "Create Class", then give it a name and a section, and click "Create"

The "Section" field is a secondary descriptor for your class, so here you may want to add something like 1st period, a grade level, or some other short description.

Click the plus sign to create your first class
Click the plus sign to create your first class | Source

Customize the Appearance of Your Class

When you create your class for the first time, you are given a default header image. This is the image that students will see when they click on your class to access assignments and announcements. You can customize this image with a few quick steps.

  1. Hover your mouse over the banner image
  2. Look for the Select Theme link in the bottom right-hand corner
  3. Click Select Theme to open a gallery of photos you can choose for your class.
  4. Choose a photo from the gallery, then click Select Class Theme to change your header image.

There are a variety of images to choose from, but most are themed on some kind of academic subject. For instance, you could choose books for Language Arts classes, a piano for Music, colored pencils for Art, and so forth. You can also upload your own photo by clicking the Upload Photo link.

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Add a Syllabus to Google Classroom

In previous versions of Google Classroom, you would use the About page to add a syllabus or other class resources. In the latest version, you use a feature called Materials, which you will find in the Classwork tab. Here's how to add what you need for your class.

  1. Open the class you need
  2. Click on the Classwork tab
  3. Click Create and then choose Material
  4. Add a title, description and any attachments you deem appropriate
  5. Click Topic and assign your materials to a new topic called Syllabus
  6. Click Post when you are done

Note that you can assign a Material to multiple classes if needed or even to individual students. Choose the option you need from the top left-hand corner when you are creating a new Material for your class.

If you want your Syllabus Topic to be the top of your Classwork page, click the three arrows in the top right-hand corner of the Topic and select Move Up. Repeat as often as necessary.

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Adding Students to Google Classroom (Part 1)

Once you have created all the classes that you need, you can quickly add students to your roster. This can be done in one of two ways. The first, is to have students register themselves. You can do this by following the instructions below.

  1. Click on the class that you want to students to register for
  2. Click the Settings gear icon at the top of the page
  3. Make a note of the class code and distribute this to students.
  4. Students will then navigate to https://classroom.google.com, click the "+" sign in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and select Join class
  5. Students enter the class code, and will instantly be added to the class

Note that the class code can be changed or disabled at any time by the teacher. Simply click the drop-down next to the class code and choose to reset or disable it as you feel the need. Resetting or disabling the code will not affect student who have already registered for your class.

The class code can be reset or disabled at any time via the drop-down menu
The class code can be reset or disabled at any time via the drop-down menu | Source

How to Add Students to Google Classroom

Adding Students to Google Classroom (Part 2)

The second way to add students is for the teacher to add them manually. This is relatively straightforward, and perhaps not as tedious as you might think. Here's how it works.

  1. Click on the class that you want to add students to
  2. Then click the "People" tab at the top of the page
  3. Click the Invite Students icon (a plus sign next to a person)
  4. A search box will appear allowing you to search for the email addresses of individual students, contact groups or Google Groups.

Note that teachers using G Suite for Education can only add students who are part of their Google domain. If your students are using public Gmail accounts, they will not be able to access your online content in Google Classroom. This is intentional and is part of the security and privacy that Google wants to ensure teachers and students have when using this platform.

Edit, Delete or Archive a Google Classroom Class

When you first try out Google Classroom, you may end up creating some test classes just to get a feel for all that it has to offer. That's perfectly natural because we all like to test out new products to see how they will work for us. However, you may want to edit the name of your test class or simply delete it altogether when you are done. Here's how to do that.

  1. Click the menu button in the top left-hand corner of the screen (it looks like three horizontal lines)
  2. Select Classes to see all of the classes you have created
  3. Now click the three dots in the top right hand corner of the class you want to modify
  4. Choose Move, Edit or Archive to make the changes you need

Classroom Communication

There are two ways to encourage dialogue between students and the teachers in Google Classroom. The first is the Stream - a Facebook-like wall of messages that can be viewed by all members of the class. This feature is available to both students and teachers.

The second way to communicate is by using email. Students can click the three dots next to their teacher's name on the class homepage to open a Gmail message that is autofilled with their instructor's email address. Students can also email each other by clicking the Students tab, and clicking on the three dots to the right of the student's name and selecting Email Student.

Teachers can do the same when they click on the "People" tab, however, they have the additional option of selecting multiple students and then clicking Actions > Email to send a message to a group of students.

Teachers can email individual students or the whole class from Classroom
Teachers can email individual students or the whole class from Classroom | Source

Create an Assignment in Google Classroom (Part 1)

Assignments can be created, and assigned to students, from inside Google Classroom, and there are a number of useful options here for educators. Here's what you need to know:

  1. Open the class you want to add an assignment to
  2. Click the Classwork tab at the top of the page
  3. Click the Create button and choose to add an assignment
  4. Give your assignment a title and add any additional instructions or a description in the box below
  5. Click the date to choose a due date for your assignment, and add a time if you want to specify when it it due on a given day
  6. Choose the type of assignment you wish to create by clicking on one of the icons next to the word Assign. Your choices are to upload a file from your computer, attach a file from Google Drive, add a YouTube video, or add a link to a website.
  7. Click Assign to give this assignment to your students.

If you want to give the same assignment to more than one class, click the name of the class at the top left-hand corner of the assignment window and choose all of the classes that you want to assign it to.

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Create an Assignment in Google Classroom (Part 2)

Many teachers who use Google Classroom will likely elect to add an assignment from their Drive, because this is likely where a lot of the teacher's resources are now stored. However, there is an added benefit to choosing a Drive resource in Google Classroom, and that becomes clear with the options you get when you select a file from Drive.

1. Students can view file: Select this option if you want all students to be able to view the file, but not be able to modify it any way. This is ideal for study guides and generic handouts that the whole class need access to.

2. Students can edit file: Choose this if you want all students to be able to edit and work on the same document. This would be ideal for a collaborative class project where students may be working on separate slides in the same Google Presentation, or where they are collaboratively brainstorming ideas for something you want to discuss in your next class.

3. Make a copy for each student: If you pick this option, Classroom will make a copy of the original file for each student in your class and give them editing rights to that file. The teacher's master remains intact and the students have no access to the original file. Choose this is you want to quickly disseminate a paper that has an essay question for students to work on, or a digital worksheet template where students fill in the blanks with their own answers.

This level of automation was possible before Google Classroom, but it is infinitely easier to manage when integrated into this new platform.

Organize Assignments by Topic

A recent change to Google Classroom is the ability to organize assignments by topic. This lets you group assignments together by unit or type in the Classwork tab. It is a more efficient way for students and teachers to find the assignment they are looking for. To create Topics, follow the instructions below.

  1. Navigate to your class
  2. Click the Classwork tab
  3. Click the "Create" button
  4. Choose "Topic"
  5. Name your Topic and click Add

New assignments can be added to a Topic from the assignment creation screen. Just choose the drop-down box next to Topic before you assign it. If you have assignments already created that need moved to a Topic, follow these steps.

  1. Click on the Classwork tab
  2. Hover over the assignment you want to move with your mouse
  3. Click the three dots
  4. Choose Edit
  5. Look for the drop-down box next to Topic
  6. Click the drop-down and choose the Topic you want to move it to

How to Create an Assignment in Google Classroom

How Students Complete & Submit Assignments

Students can view active assignments when they log in to Google Classroom by clicking on a specific class they are part of and reviewing the upcoming assignments. However, a more efficient way is to click the menu button in the top left-hand corner of the screen and select To-do from the pop-out menu. This shows students a list of assignments for all their classes, as well as which ones they have turned in, which ones are still outstanding, and which ones are overdue. Assignments that have been graded by the teacher will also be shown here with a grade next to them.

Clicking on one of these assignments will open the relevant file for the student. If it is a Google Drive file, an additional button is added to the toolbar in the top right-hand corner, next to the Share button. This button is marked "Turn it in". Clicking it submits their assignment to the teacher.

As of now, there is no way to "turn in" YouTube videos or URLs that have been assigned to students by the teacher, but that will likely change before too long.

Students can view all the assignments they have assigned to them via the sidebar menu
Students can view all the assignments they have assigned to them via the sidebar menu | Source

Grading and Returning Assignments to Students

Teachers can find student submissions in a number of different ways. However, perhaps the most efficient way is to enter the class you are interested in grading and clicking on the assignment name from the Stream view. If you find that assignments are getting buried among student conversations, look at the sidebar on the top left of the Stream view and you should see the "Upcoming Assignments" box. Click on the assignment you want to grade and follow the directions below:

  1. Click the name of the student who has submitted an assignment you want to grade.
  2. When the document opens, use the commenting features in Drive to leave detailed feedback on specific parts of the student submission. Close the document when you are done. All changes are saved automatically.
  3. When you return to Classroom, click to the right of the student's name where is says "No grade" and enter a points based grade for the assignment.
  4. Check the box next to the student you just graded, then click the blue "Return" button to save the grade and notify the student that their paper has been graded
  5. Add any additional feedback in the pop-up box, then click "Return Assignment"

How to Grade Student Work in Classroom

Grading Tips and Further Information

How do the students know that I have graded their assignment? Do I have to grade an assignment out of 100? These questions, and more, are answered below.

  • When the teacher returns an assignment to a student, the teacher no longer has editing rights on that document.
  • You can return an assignment to a student without grading it by simply checking the box next to the student's name and clicking Return. This could be useful for assignments submitted in error.
  • When you return an assignment to a student they will automatically receive an email notification informing them of your actions
  • You can change a grade at any time by clicking on the grade and then clicking "Update"
  • Clicking the folder button will open the Google Drive folder where all student submissions are stored. This is useful for reviewing all the submitted assignments at one time.
  • The default number of points for an assignment is 100, but you can change this by clicking the drop-down arrow and selecting another value, typing a value of your own, or even choosing the option to not score an assignment.

Taking the Next Steps

Are you ready to dig deeper with Google Classroom? If so, I highly recommend that you check out the Google Classroom books by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller. These educators do a great job at giving practical and informed ways for how you can use Google Classroom at school. 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom and 50 Things To Go Further With Google Classroom are excellent books that are designed to give authentic classroom examples that will take your understanding to the next level and begin to personalize instruction for your students. Both books have step-by-step directions and screenshots to make them easy to follow.

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    • Jonathan Wylie profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 weeks ago from Iowa, USA

      Hmmm, not sure. It still works for me on the iPad app...

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      Raquel 

      2 weeks ago

      The app has been updated and now it doesn't allow the annotation of pdf. All files are directly opened in Google drive... Is there anything I'm not doing right?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 weeks ago from Iowa, USA

      I'm not sure if that is possible or not. I mean you can remove a student from one class and add them to another, but bringing assignments and grades with that student is another matter.

      The assignments are submitted to the original class and teacher. I think you would have to manually move the assignments from the Google Drive folder to the new class folder, but I will leave this open to see if anyone else knows better.

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      W Holmes 

      4 weeks ago

      How can you move a student from one class to another while keeping all of their submitted work with them on Google Classroom?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      5 weeks ago from Iowa, USA

      Not sure I know the answer to this one, but if others do, they are welcome to reply here too.

      What I can say, however, is that there is only so much you can do to prevent this kind of thing. After all, it's easy to screenshot anything online and make a digital copy of it, even if you are prevented from downloading or printing.

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      Al 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi there.

      My question is exactly the same one I found somewhere else so I'm reproducing it bellow.

      "I have a little problem.

      I want to share some PDF files to my students by using Google classroom and I want to disable downloading, printing, etc.

      I have marked the correct option in google drive before sharing and "only view" in google classroom.

      The point is that "print option" is disabled in the PDF viewer of the google drive (good) but it is not in the PDF viewer of google classroom (bad).

      I don't know how to disable the print option in the PDF viewer of google classroom.

      I think that it could be an issue.

      I would appreciate your help. Thank you very much."

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      5 weeks ago from Iowa, USA

      Hmmm. Once the students have a copy, then they have a copy of the document in the state it was at the time it was assigned.

      Could you split the notebooks into chapters or sections and make each chapter a separate doc? Students could keep these chapters in one folder.

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      Gina 

      5 weeks ago

      Is there anyway to auto update assignments from the original document once the students have a copy?

      Similar to if I were to share a document, and it would change for everyone? Trying to create interactive notebooks for all children, but they need to all have their own copy.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      5 weeks ago from Iowa, USA

      There is no way to "sync" things automatically, but you will often get the chance to post to more than one class at a time, e.g. with assignments, by clicking the For box in the top right hand corner and selecting multiple classes. You only see this when you are creating a new item for the class.

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      Lian Wilson 

      5 weeks ago

      How do I sync two google classroom pages so I don't have to repost everything twice? For example I have 2 Grade 7 classes and at the moment all my resources I have to upload to each page. Is there a way to link these?

      Thanks

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      6 weeks ago from Iowa, USA

      Kblas, check out the latest update to this article that includes information about the new Materials option that replaces the About page. It's hot off the press and will work perfectly for your needs.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      6 weeks ago from Iowa, USA

      Maureen, check out the latest update to this article that includes information about the new Materials option that replaces the About page. It's hot off the press and will work perfectly for your needs.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      6 weeks ago from Iowa, USA

      In the stream, posting a new announcement will automatically put it to the top for students. If you want to "bump" and old one, you could copy and paste the content to a new announcement. Not ideal, but that might be the best you can do in the stream.

      In Classwork, it sounds like you have some draft assignments. That is probably why the option is greyed out. You cannot move those up and down until you publish them.

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      Mrs. Bader 

      6 weeks ago

      I am no longer able to "move to top" important items that I want at the top of my stream. In the stream, it isn't even an option, and with some "Classwork" assignments, it is an option but it is gray/muted and I can't click it.

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      Winkyboy 

      2 months ago

      Does the teacher have any kind of "to-do" list? I'm trying to specifically find a list of all overdue assignments from students so that I can follow up with them. Also, I'd like the list of things I need to still grade and return.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 months ago from Iowa, USA

      Here are a couple of ideas fro Eric Curts. I don't think either are necessarily a great replacement but they are about as good as you will probably get right now: https://www.controlaltachieve.com/2018/08/missing-...

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 months ago from Iowa, USA

      Unfortunately, Google removed that feature this summer in their latest update for Google Classroom. Here are some ideas from Eric Curts that may help with that problem: https://www.controlaltachieve.com/2018/08/missing-...

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      Kblas 

      2 months ago

      When I click on About, it only shows the class code & the title of the class...I can't add important Docs that just need to stay put. What happened to this feature?

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      Maureen 

      2 months ago

      I have been using Google Classroom for several years. This year I noticed the About section is gone. That is where I posted notes and documents students will need throughout the semester. I don't want to post them in the stream where they will get lost in the other assignments. Suggestions

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 months ago from Iowa, USA

      You can duplicate. When you create the assignment, click the dropdown box in the top left-hand corner that says For:

      From here you can put a checkbox next to all the classes that you want to post that assignment to.

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      dmyers 

      2 months ago

      If I have multiple period of the same class, is there a way to automatically duplicate all assignments, or do I have to set up assignments for each class period separately from scratch?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 months ago from Iowa, USA

      Yeah, it’s like you said. You can use it without a Google Apps domain, but students would still need to sign in with a Gmail account. I don’t know of any workaround for that.

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      Stella 

      2 months ago

      Hi Johnathan,

      I am at a district that does not have G Suite. It's my understanding that teachers can now make a personal account and make a Google Classroom. I was wondering if we are able to have students who do not have a gmail account join the classroom? How would this work? Any advice would be most helpful.

      Thanks!

      Stella

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 months ago from Iowa, USA

      Clicking on any student in the student tab will let you see all their assignments and grades. Does that help?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 months ago from Iowa, USA

      I believe that the teacher has to approve a student request to pull it back and resubmit. Are you seeing otherwise?

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      Larry 

      4 months ago

      Hi Jonathan. Great article thank you. If a student turns in an assignment they currently have the ability to unsubmit it. Is there any way you are aware of to lock it down so that once it is submitted it stays turned in and the student can't call it back? Thanks

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      Aaron Ballonoff 

      4 months ago

      When I enter the grades in Google Classroom Gradebook, I can see the colors that indicate how well the students are doing, but the grade book does not show the final grade. Any suggestions about what I can try?

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      Stephanie S 

      8 months ago

      When I return student work, it is now marking their work as missing. Any suggestions?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      8 months ago from Iowa, USA

      Couldn't you just use a Google Form? Would that be simpler?

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      Jeremy H 

      8 months ago

      Hi. I have set up a google sheet as a writing tool for my sixth grade students. The result is that they have a paragraph which is copied (via TextJoin) to a final cell. Is it possible to collect the responses from each student's final cell in a form automatically?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      9 months ago from Iowa, USA

      It depends on what you are seeing in the videos, but yes, it could be because of the Word format. Try it with a Google Doc and see if you can access the features you want.

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      Sara O-K 

      9 months ago

      I have set up a classroom and assigned a task, my task document was in Word.

      Now that i am trying to mark it doesnt show like all of the instruction videos ive seen, and therefore not allowing me to mark and feedback as i had hoped. Is this because i used a Word file rather than Google docs?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      10 months ago from Iowa, USA

      Hmmmm, what type of file is it?

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      Cindy Sittmann 

      10 months ago

      I am trying to post an assignment and make a copy for each student. I works in one class but in the other one, I get the message “Couldn't copy file. Remove to continue”

      I’ve tried creating a new document, saving on my desktop instead of drive, rebooting, trying a different computer, clearing cache, etc. but nothing seems to help. Have you ever had this problem or do you know how to fix it? I'm desperate!

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      13 months ago from Iowa, USA

      You can delete classes. Is that what you mean?

      You can delete your Google Account if you are talking about a Gmail account, but not if you are using a Google Apps for Education account. That has to be done by the domain administrator at your school.

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      Robin 

      14 months ago

      Hello Jonathan,

      Can you please tell me what is meant by a "missing" assignment? How does a student get into it to submit?

      Thank you!

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      14 months ago from Iowa, USA

      @Michelle No, students will not lose work when you move them from one class to another.

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      Michelle Miller 

      14 months ago

      If I move students from one class to another will they lose all saved/completed work?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      15 months ago from Iowa, USA

      Let me know how I can help. You can email me from my profile page.

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      Raffat Arefin Khan 

      15 months ago

      i have been making a research paper on google class room and want some reliable source for my research. Can you help me jonathan wylie?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      18 months ago from Iowa, USA

      Other than Classroom, the same Google tools that have been available for a while are Google Drive, Mail, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Sites & Keep. There are all part of the G Suite for Education bundle. Is that what you mean?

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      NorMan 

      18 months ago

      What are the most recent Google technology tools available

      now (04/13/17) for college-level teachers who already use Canvas LMS to teach online classes? I would appreciate your inputs.

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      Dan 

      20 months ago

      Hi, I used google docs last year, and it worked great. I was able to edit an assignment and return it multiple times. I want to do this in classroom as well, but I don't know how. I'm not interested in just grading it, but I am interested in giving feedback and getting corrections. I want the students to go through multiple drafts. How is classroom better for me than docs because right now Classroom seems like a pain in the butt.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Hi Michelle,

      You can only access Google Classroom if you have an account in a Google Apps for Education domain. If you don't have access to that kind of account, you could try contacting the Google team here: https://www.google.com/edu/contact/

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      Michelle 

      2 years ago

      I would like to have access to google classroom to be able to build professional development options for educators. I can't seem to find a way to contact them about doing this. Is it possible?

      Michelle

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Nothing has changed that I am aware of. I would give it a day or so and try again if you can. It may have been a server outage or something like that.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Sounds like a glitch to me Liz. Have you tried another browser to see if you get the same result?

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      Liz Fox 

      2 years ago

      Hello,

      I had an assignment I was trying to grade that was late, and the system will not let me return it -- when I click on the return button, it just blinks. Any thoughts on how I can rectify this problem? Do I need to change assignment's due date?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Nancy, I am afraid that there is a long history of formatting changes that are evident when you add Microsoft documents to Google Drive. The best workaround I have found is to have the student submit the file as a PDF, (File - Save as... - Choose PDF as the document type). This will almost guarantee the formatting stays the same.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Hi Lori. Do you mean in Google Classroom? Maybe try a different browser and see if that helps.

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      Lori 

      2 years ago

      Why can't I post? The button is there, however, it is not allowing me to click on it.

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      Nancy Metteauer 

      2 years ago

      When students submit a Microsoft Word document, Classroom changes the formatting. For example, if the students put in a decorative border, Classroom changes it to a plain line border. And, if the students format the text wrapping around a picture as through, Classroom changes it to something else. Is there a fix for this?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      2 years ago from Iowa, USA

      These are great questions Kgotla. However, seeing as they are not directly related to this article, and will take longer to reply to than is perhaps prudent for the comments section here, I am going to give you a link where you can talk directly to someone at Google about these concerns. Link: https://www.google.com/edu/contact/

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      Kgotla 

      2 years ago

      Hello Jonathan, i am carrying out a school project aiming at improving learning and assessment delivery through cloud computing, i have read a lot about Google Apps for Education and have some couple of questions that need clarification;

      1. if you want to implement Google Apps for Education in a tertiary institution , will it be able to integrate with the existing domain or you have to create another one?

      2. is it possible to customize the appearance of your classhome page picture and use any of your choice e.g school logo?

      3. when creating a domain for an institution are there any additional costs and how long does it take to create it?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      3 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Thank you! It is hard to keep up with all the latest changes, but this at least gives you the basic foundations of how to set everything up :)

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      Heidi Reina 

      3 years ago from USA

      Excellent step-by-step instructions for setting up a Google Classroom. Thanks for this.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      3 years ago from Iowa, USA

      I believe that Classroom uses your Gmail picture as your profile picture, so you may have to change your Gmail picture to change your Classroom picture. See: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/35529

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      Rachel 

      3 years ago

      As a student, how do you change your profile picture?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      3 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Yes, some people use it in conjunction with a learning (or student) management system like Haiku or Canvas or something like that, but it can absolutely be used as a standalone product if you want it to.

      If you are just starting out, it might be best to use it by itself so that you can learn what you like and what you will use, and if later on you want to use a gradebook or something else in another platform to augment Classroom, you can.

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      Tris 

      3 years ago

      I'm in the beginning stages of this but love the concept of a paperless classroom. I went to the CUE conference this weekend in Palm Springs and many of the presenters are using Haiku along with Google Classroom. Do you really need both? I'm having a hard time figuring out what Haiku adds that classroom doesn't have - I guess they work together?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      3 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Not sure what that might be. Could be a number of things. I would try restarting the iPad and trying again. Or close the app by double tapping the home button and swipe the app upwards to close it. Also check to see if you have the latest updates for the app, and that you are not trying to sign in with a Gmail account by mistake..

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      Farrah 

      3 years ago

      I have a question:I have classroom on my tablet and I put in my username and when I click sign in it says "can't connect to your classroom,make sure your connected to WiFi" and I have all the WiFi I can.What's going on?!?!

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      3 years ago from Iowa, USA

      I believe that it is now linked to your google+ account. See this article:

      https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1057172?hl=...

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      j m 

      3 years ago

      can I do it without a gmail account

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      j m 

      3 years ago

      how do I do that

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      3 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Profile pictures are linked to your Google account. If you add one there it should show up in Classroom.

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      j m 

      3 years ago

      how do you put a profile pic

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      3 years ago from Iowa, USA

      SemmiLu, there are no custom groups yet, but hopefully that will come in time. I can see how that would be very useful for a lot of teachers.

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      SemmiLu 

      3 years ago

      Can I create custom groups so that I can differentiate assignments?

      There are some tasks that I don't want to assign to all students, unless I modify the difficulty and complexity. Is this possible?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      PJ, when your look at the assignment in your stream you should see three dots in the top right-hand corner. Click the dots, and choose Edit to rename or change any assignment details.

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      PJ Cassel 

      4 years ago

      I made an assignment and shared it with the class. Now I would like to re-name that assignment. I know how to rename the folder in Google Drive - but I don't know how to rename the assignment in Google Classroom. How do I do this?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Thanks Lesley!

      I believe the picture of yourself is nothing to do with Classroom. This is the profile picture for your Google account. Try going in to your Gmail settings and changing it there to see if it changes it inside of Classroom.

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      Lesley 

      4 years ago

      Hi there! VERY helpful page, I am going to share it at our next staff inservice. One question, Can I change the photo of myself that appears on the student sign-in page? It's the small circle picture under the class title when they choose a class. Thank you!

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Lisa, from what I understand, when you log in as a student and click the folder icon, it is not the class folder, it is the student's folder for that class. If there is nothing in there it may be because nothing is currently assigned to that student. If they turned an assignment in, they will not see it until you return it to them.

      As for Drive files, yes, it looks like you can only add one drive file at a time. If you want to add more and copy to all students, it needs to be as a separate assignment, but I may be wrong on that one...

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Yes. All you need to do is click on the assignment and then click the Download button.

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      shane beckett 

      4 years ago

      anyone know how to export grades from classroom for google to a csv or spreadsheet?

    • Jonathan Wylie profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      I can definitely see a business application for this, but I have not heard any plans to offer this outside of education domains. Maybe in the future?

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      Goringe Accountants 

      4 years ago from London, UK

      August 2014 has come and gone and this is still only available to education users :( I've love to see if this could be used say in business as an education tool...

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Nikki, this is something that your Google domain administrator(s) can fix. Basically they need to go to your Google Apps Dashboard, and then to Groups. You have a group called Classroom Teachers. The admin needs to add the teacher who signed up as a student to this group so that they can be a teacher in Classroom again. Try it and see if it works.

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      Nikki 

      4 years ago

      When you first go to classroom.google.com and it asks you if you are a teacher or a student, how do you change this? I had a teacher click student and now it only gives him the option to join a class, rather than create a class. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Mauricio,

      Right now there is no way to export your grades out of Classroom. They are stored online in the Classroom module, but I can see how it would be useful to combine grades or to have a spreadsheet version. Perhaps that will come later. Why not click the Feedback button and add it as a request?! :)

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      Mauricio Pilla 

      4 years ago

      Hello,

      I am trying to use Google Classroom with 2 classes. After grading two assignments, I was trying to find a way to sum up grades but couldn't find one. Does Google Classroom put grades in a spreadsheet somewhere in my Google Drive? Thanks.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Ben,

      1. Sounds like a glitch. I would keep an eye on it. Students should see announcements and files you assign. There are no other student settings that exist to set it to be this way.

      2. If this is proving to be a problem, you could upload your files to Drive first, then add them as an assignment in Classroom.

      3. Student folders are not shared with the teacher. They are private to the student. If they add something to that and share that file with you, you will see it with your other shared docs in Incoming, but not the whole folder, unless they share that with you too.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Sorry Holly, you can't do that right now :(

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      Holly 

      4 years ago

      Help! I can't seem to create or find any helpful answers as to how to convert my ABOUT tab to a resource page for the students. Any suggestions? Thanks

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      Ben 

      4 years ago

      Just opened a few classes and have some questions regarding the Classroom to Drive work flow.

      1) When I attach files to my assignments/announcements some of my students see both the announcement AND the files, others in the same class only see the announcement; none of the uploaded resources show. Is this a glitch? Or are we missing something in the student settings?

      2) I see uploading a file from my computer to Classroom also places said file on My Drive, but not into the "Classroom" folder where I would assume it would go. I'd think this will get really, really messy as I continue to upload files daily.

      As a test, I deleted a few of the files and noticed, despite being deleted from Drive, they still appear in the Classroom app. Does this mean Classroom is hosting copies of my uploaded files elsewhere? I can't tell if this is just a fluke loading from a cached page, or if that means I do not need to clutter my Drive account with all my daily files.

      3) Lastly, I'm also a little confused about the file sharing workflow between Student Drive accounts and my own Classroom folder on Drive. When my students enrolled into my class, a shared "classroom" folder containing another shared folder with their first and last names were automatically generated on each of their Drive accounts. If I copy an assignment and send to all students, I see the file show up in my Drive "classroom" folder; however, when I had students create a new document in that same folder, I do not see any of those files on my Drive. I thought sharing rights were applied universally within a folder? This leads me to believe that any file sharing must -and only- occurs when the assignment is hosted/generated in Classroom first, meaning that an essay, for instance, has to originate from an assignment I created and shared through Classroom, rather than just having students generate and store a new document in their first-last name Classroom folders.

      If students were to generate a new document OUTSIDE of Classroom and host it in their Classroom folder, could they just "share" the document with me? And if so, where will these files appear on my own Drive account? (I'm hoping they will remain/appear in the separate Classroom generate folders created for each class, just as a Classroom disseminated assignment would do)

      ... Sorry for all the questions, but support for this app seems pretty sparse, and if I can wrap my head around the logistics between Classroom and Drive, I can pretty much take things from there.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Hi Justina. I can't see any way to import grades. They have to be added manually by the teacher for each student. You could still use Flubaroo, you would just have to add the Form as an assignment, and take the grades from the spreadsheet to your Classroom grade book by clicking on each student and adding their score. Does that make sense?

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      Justina Vidal 

      4 years ago

      Hello! I am very excited about Google Classroom and have been looking for ways to streamline my homework/grading/class communications. I have previously used edmodo, but I wanted something a little more accessible as I've had it crash on me a few times. A friend introduced me to using flubaroo with google forms to grade. My question is this- is it still possible to use this app to grade a homework assignment (say, I gave a math assignment and graded the kids based on their exact numeric answers). Is there a way to import the grades from flubaroo onto the classroom grading function?

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Glad to help Tosha :)

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      Tosha Watson 

      4 years ago

      It worked. Thank you so much for your help. Tosha

    • Jonathan Wylie profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Tosha, this is something that your Google domain administrator(s) can fix. Basically then need to go to your Google Apps Dashboard, and then to Groups. You have a group called Classroom Teachers. The admin needs to add the teacher to this group so that they can be a teacher in Classroom again. Try it and see if it works.

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      Tosha Watson 

      4 years ago

      I am a principal at Southwest High School. Yesterday, I made a class of teachers and invited them to a class. One of my teachers clicked student instead of teacher so he could see the assignment that I made. Now he cannot log in as a teacher. I need help with getting him back as a teacher.

    • Jonathan Wylie profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Thanks for checking out the guide Asher.

      An app would be nice, but I have not heard if that is planned or not. I believe they built it to be accessible on as many devices as possible, so an app may or may not be on the cards.

      You pretty much get full functionality in either Safari or Chrome. The only feature I can of think that you lose is the option to upload files for assignments. You can assign from Drive, but with the iPad you can't upload anything from other apps...other than the Camera Roll, but that is obviously more a limitation of the iPad OS than anything else.

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      Asher Rolfe 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for this guide. I have a question about using it on the iPad. In an earlier comment, you answered that it does work on the iPad. Does this mean that in the Chrome app there is full functionality of Classroom? Any word on whether is will eventually become an app of its own.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Great idea with the Google Form. I expect that any new additions or features will not be huge ones. It will likely be smaller stuff like letting multiple teachers be facilitators of the same class, or maybe adding Google Calendar integration to add automatically add an assignment to a student's Google Calendar.

      However, I have been wrong before, and all that is just speculation. I have no insider knowledge. There is a feedback button in the teacher dashboard so I know they are open to any feedback you might have.

      Google have been careful not to pitch it as an LMS, so I would think/hope that simplicity will still be the key going forward.

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      Jennifer 

      4 years ago

      I have just been playing around with Classroom this morning. I hope that Google doesn't add too much more functionality into the system. The beauty of it is its simplicity and keeping it simple will enable more tech-phobic teachers to get on board. "Badges" aren't necessary and if you want to make a quiz, you can develop that from a Google Form already. You also mentioned that it's not possible to "turn in" assignments with a video, but you can now embed a YouTube video into a Google Form and provide some tasks / questions with it. This can be "assigned" to students just like another (by adding the link to the form). Anyway, we have been pushing our teachers to create websites in Google Sites for their courses, but met resistance. This will be much easier for most teachers to deal with.

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      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      Thanks Trudy. It really is very straightforward. I'm sure you will enjoy using it! :)

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      Trudy 

      4 years ago

      Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial! I am so excited about using this with my classes!

      You make it look very easy to deploy.

    • Jonathan Wylie profile imageAUTHOR

      Jonathan Wylie 

      4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      I have used Edmodo, but I am not a big Edmodo user. I know that Edmodo has a quiz option that is not currently in Google Classroom, but maybe that will come in time. Edmodo also has a badging system for rewards and achievements and Classroom does not have that either, nor does it have things like polls.

      The two are similar, but different. Edmodo is more akin to an LMS than Classroom which appears to be primarily geared towards making lives easier for teachers in Google Apps schools.

      However, I am sure Google has big plans for additional features it wants to include so only time will tell if it will one day be a like for like competitor.

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      bcsteach 

      4 years ago

      Have you used Edmodo? How similar is it to Edmodo? Do you know if it offers anything that Edmodo won't? Thanks!

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