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Google Classroom Guide for Educators

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

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 the site.
  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 join or create a class

Click the plus sign to join or create a class

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.


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 at 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. Alternatively, you can drag and drop Topics or Materials by clicking and dragging up and down on the Classwork page.


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 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 the Google Classroom site, 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 students who have already registered for your class.


Adding Students (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.

How to Add Students to Google Classroom

Move, Edit or Archive a 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.

The Edit button will let you rename your class or change the section, subject or room number. The Move button allows you to rearrange the order of the classes in your dashboard. The archive button will remove the class from your dashboard and archive it. When a class is archived, you can still access it via the Settings by clicking on the menu icon in the top left-hand corner and selecting Archived Classes. From here, you can restore archived classes or delete them permanently.

Click the three dots on a class for more options

Click the three dots on a class for more options

Classroom Communication

There are two ways to encourage dialogue between students and 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, 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.


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 is 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.


Create an Assignment (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 needs 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 if 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 and Submit Assignments

Students can view active assignments when they log into 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.


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 click 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 it 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 this platform 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.

Questions & Answers

Question: How do I color code my classwork in google classroom?

Answer: You can’t color-code classwork, but you could use emoji!

Question: Can you please suggest how to archive/move all previous work into topic folders to start fresh with week 3?

Answer: If you are using Topics in the Classwork tab, you can move your most recent topic to the top so that it is most visible to students. You can’t really “archive” topics or assignments, but you could create a new topic called archive. Then click the three dots next to any assignment that you want to send to the archive folder and select edit. From here you will be able to change the topic it is in and select archive instead. Just know that there is no way to organize an archived topic into subfolders and the archive will still be visible to students so there is not any real advantage in doing this. I would suggest re-ordering topics instead. You can organize topics by Week, or by Unit to keep things organized.

Question: I am a parent, with a child who finds navigating Google Classroom for multiple classes not very intuitive - you have to go into each subject, then onto the calendar to see deadlines. Is there a way to make deadlines for all subjects visible clearly from the home page, or do you need to go through these steps as he currently does?

Answer: If you want to see upcoming assignments and due dates for all the classes you are a part of, go to and then click the menu button in the top left-hand corner (the three horizontal lines), and then click To-Do. By default, this shows you all classes at once, but you can filter by specific class by clicking All Classes at the top and choosing the class you need.

Question: Thank you very much for this very informative article! We offer adult training programmes on various topics, and we'd like to go online. I understand that it's free for 'schools' meaning that students obviously don't pay extra fees for it, but we aren't 'a school' - in fact, we're just a regular company. Google Classroom would be just a tool to access the content we provide. Is it OK to use Google Classroom for paid classes?

Answer: Yes, in fact I know people that have done just that. It is available for Gmail users too so I know of no restrictions on this front.

© 2014 Jonathan Wylie


Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on June 21, 2020:

It is important to find a workflow that works for you. In elementary classrooms, it can work just fine to have everything in one classroom because you can organize your work into topics in the Classwork page. At the secondary level, most teachers have different classrooms for different classes, but like I said, see what works best for you and the way you like to teach.

Maritess Miraflor on June 21, 2020:

Just want to know, if is it advisable to have all the grade level subjects in one classroom? Please do enlighten me. Thank you..

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on May 04, 2020:

If your worksheet is a Google Doc, you can select the option next to it to make a copy for each student. When you do this, every student gets their own copy and it is shared with the student and the teacher. When the student is done, they click the Turn In button, and you can click on the assignment and see their submission.

Oh, and there is no such thing as a stupid question around here! Let me know if you need more help :)

Rachael Friedman on May 04, 2020:

It’s a stupid question but When I attach a worksheet for an assignment. How is a student able to complete it and send it back to me?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on April 18, 2020:

Hi Carmel, I am not exactly sure what you are talking about here, but it could be the type of file that the student has submitted. A blue wedge would be a Google Doc, orange would be slides, green would be Sheets and so on. Does that help at all?

Carmel J Blackett on April 18, 2020:

Why do I see blue, grey, white or red wedges at the bottom of the student's work ... what do those colours mean and why are they different depending on the student?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on March 31, 2020:

What device are you using?

Maura O'Leary on March 31, 2020:

Where is the plus sign on my google classroom so i can add a boom card link? All videos show a plus sign help

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on March 28, 2020:

No there is not. Best you can do is delete the assignment and push a new one out.

Kimberly on March 28, 2020:

Is there a way to change an assignment to a question or a question to an assignment after it has been pushed out?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on March 23, 2020:

That is not possible at this time.

nwess on March 23, 2020:

Are you able to view the activity of each student?? For example, who is logged into google classroom and for how long? Thanks

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on March 17, 2020:

No. Your content. Their platform. You are free to remove anything you want to take elsewhere.

Susan on March 17, 2020:

If i create a course in google classroom does google own the intellectual rights to my content?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on January 16, 2020:

Correct. With things like this I always encourage people to click the question mark in the bottom corner of the screen and leave feedback for Google. This helps them know where teachers want to develop the product further.

DJDave106 on January 16, 2020:

Is it (disappointingly) true that when you add answer feedback, there is no option to "target" it, so in a multiple choice question, if the student picks a particular wrong answer, you can't say something about just that answer? e.g. if I ask "What is the capital of Argentina?", and they choose (2) Rio de Janeiro, I might want to feedback "Rio de Janeiro is in Brazil", but not if this will also be fedback if they answer (3) Bogota

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on January 09, 2020:

You are correct. You would need a new Google class for each class of pupils you have. In the US, a section would be used to describe a cohort of students. For instance, a high school Algebra teacher could have six classes of students. They would have one Google class called Algebra, and the section could be 1st period. They would have another Google class called Algebra, but this one would be 2nd period and so on.

While multiple Google classes is not always the most efficient way to structure thing, Google does allow you to assign the same work, materials or discussions to multiple classes at once, so that helps pick up some of that slack.

DJDave106 on January 09, 2020:

When you create a Google Classroom, you can give it a title, and optionally a section and a subject. But there is no way to add any further sections, or additional subjects? I expected sections and subjects to be a way to add a structure to my Classroom (similar to Sections and Pages in Class Notebook) but that doesn't seem to be the case. In fact I'm wondering is a "Section" in fact a U.S. term that refers to a cohort of students (what we might call a class in the UK)

Creating topics seems to be the only option for structuring content, and that only offers one layer of structure?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 16, 2019:

If you are restricted from downloading apps, you may need permission from the administrator. However, you could try accessing it on the web at

Stefano on September 16, 2019:

Hello, I have a question about accessing Classroom from a restricted profile in an Android tablet. Is it possible or does my son need to be the tablet's administrator? Thank you

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 08, 2019:

Yes, as far as native features, that is only available in the mobile app right now. You could use a PDF annotation site like XODO to annotate a document, but then it would have to be transferred back to classroom, so not ideal. Hopefully annotation comes to the desktop version of classroom soon, particularly with the proliferation of touch screen Chromebooks out there right now.

Tamra Johns on September 06, 2019:

Hi, Is there any way to annotate in google classroom on the computer? As far as I can tell it has to be on a mobile device which won't work with the online classes I am teaching. My student's are almost all on a computer...

Thank you

Trang on June 07, 2019:

Hi. is there a way i can see student result for multiple choice worksheet be cause i alway see" _/100" instead of the score even when my student have submitted "student work" without clicking to edit - respone - individual . I would be very appreciate if you can help me with this question

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on June 03, 2019:

This is a great idea. Many LMS platforms do offer this, but at the moment Google Classroom does not. You would have to assign it manually to specific students. If I were you I would click the question mark icon in Google Classroom and leave this as a feedback suggestion for future updates! :)

Angie Rubel on June 02, 2019:

I am wondering if there is a way to set up google classroom so students have to complete and turn in assignments before being able to move on to the next assignment listed on google classroom?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on May 24, 2019:

In the Settings for the class, make sure that you have the right option selected next to Overall Grade Calculation. If you have No Overall Grade selected, you won't see a grade for students.

Chad on May 23, 2019:

At the end of my semester, a student was added to my class and is not under our schools' normal grading site. In the past, I would calculate the students' grade by hand. I noticed google added a grading function and it allows you to set up categories. I have set the grade book up assigned categories to the grade book and given each assignment the respective categories.

But for some reason when I go into grades it is not giving me an overall grade. In the grade book under overall grade, it says "no grade" for all of the students.

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on February 08, 2019:

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, or reshape them with the other teacher, but I will leave this open to see if anyone else knows better.

TJ on February 08, 2019:

I had a student switch sections in the middle of the year. How can I move a student and all their work from one class to another class?

Tobi on January 06, 2019:

I have created assignments and tried to assign them to my students. It shows the lesson on my Google Classroom side. The kids, however, keep getting a screen that shows no lesson. It just says "A file (my name) copied for you was removed: Drive file. What do I need to do so that my students can open the lessons?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on December 04, 2018:

I think I would create a custom banner in something like Canva or Google Drawings and add my bitmoji to that. Here is a tutorial...

elementaryteacher on December 03, 2018:

I have changed my banner to my bitmoji and now my backgroun colour is a gross grey. How can I change that while keeping my bitmoji banner?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on November 28, 2018:

Thanks Kristina! :)

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on October 05, 2018:

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

Raquel on October 04, 2018:

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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 25, 2018:

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.

W Holmes on September 25, 2018:

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

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 13, 2018:

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.

Al on September 13, 2018:

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."

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 12, 2018:

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.

Gina on September 12, 2018:

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.

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 12, 2018:

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.

Lian Wilson on September 12, 2018:

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?


Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 07, 2018:

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.

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 07, 2018:

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.

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 06, 2018:

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.

Mrs. Bader on September 06, 2018:

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.

Winkyboy on August 22, 2018:

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.

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on August 21, 2018:

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:

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on August 21, 2018:

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:

Kblas on August 21, 2018:

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?

Maureen on August 21, 2018:

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

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on August 16, 2018:

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.

dmyers on August 15, 2018:

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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on August 15, 2018:

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.

Stella on August 15, 2018:

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.



Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on June 24, 2018:

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

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on June 24, 2018:

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

Larry on June 23, 2018:

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

Aaron Ballonoff on June 15, 2018:

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?

Stephanie S on February 07, 2018:

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

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on January 31, 2018:

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

Jeremy H on January 31, 2018:

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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on January 16, 2018:

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.

Sara O-K on January 15, 2018:

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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on November 29, 2017:

Hmmmm, what type of file is it?

Cindy Sittmann on November 29, 2017:

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!

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 03, 2017:

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.

Robin on August 24, 2017:

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!

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on August 20, 2017:

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

Michelle Miller on August 20, 2017:

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

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on July 03, 2017:

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

Raffat Arefin Khan on July 01, 2017:

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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on April 16, 2017:

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?

NorMan on April 13, 2017:

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.

Dan on February 10, 2017:

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.

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on October 04, 2016:

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:

Michelle on October 04, 2016:

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?


Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 29, 2016:

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.

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 17, 2016:

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

Liz Fox on September 13, 2016:


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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 05, 2016:

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.

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on September 05, 2016:

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

Lori on September 03, 2016:

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

Nancy Metteauer on September 01, 2016:

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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on October 26, 2015:

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:

Kgotla on October 26, 2015:

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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on June 17, 2015:

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 :)

Heidi Reina from USA on June 16, 2015:

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

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on May 29, 2015:

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:

Rachel on May 27, 2015:

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

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on March 22, 2015:

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.

Tris on March 22, 2015:

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?

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on March 21, 2015:

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..

Farrah on March 15, 2015:

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?!?!

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on January 28, 2015:

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

j m on January 27, 2015:

can I do it without a gmail account

j m on January 27, 2015:

how do I do that

Jonathan Wylie (author) from Iowa, USA on January 26, 2015:

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

j m on January 26, 2015:

how do you put a profile pic