Once you create your classroom (which is as simple as giving it a name), students log in by going to https://classroom.google.com. If you are a Google Apps for Education district, the students will have to log in using their GAFE account information. As a teacher, you can either manually add students into your classroom or provide them with a code that will enable them to register into your classroom.
You have the option of sharing either an announcement or an assignment with students. The announcement options are as follows:
Teachers are able to provide students with grades based on assignments submitted. There is also the option of “sending a note” to students to remind them to complete their work. I am assuming the note will be sent as an email to the student.
I noticed that as I created and shared assignments with the group, they were automatically shared as a “view only” doc with the whole class. I presume I can go into the sharing setting of the doc and change to “edit” or “comment” as needed. I also noticed in my Google Drive that a folder is automatically created with the title of my class. Every assignment that I have posted in the Classroom page is placed in this particular folder. Each assignment that I submitted has its own folder too and the best part is that, I didn’t have to organize this at all. Now I’m thinking, who needs Doctopus or gClassFolders anymore?
My Thoughts thus far:
- You have to log out of all your other Gmail accounts and only log in with the one you used to sign up for Google Classroom
- You cannot share YouTube or Docs from any other account, just the one you used to sign up for Google Classroom
- easy access to Classroom on a Mobile device is needed
- Need a record of student activities to share with parents and to use for reporting period as part of Learning Skills assessment / comments.
- Need the option for two or more teachers to have ownership of one classroom
- Need to be able to direct a conversation to a particular student. For example, on Twitter I can use the @ sign and on Google + I can use the + sign but nothing seems to be in place in Google Classroom (yet).
Personally, I am still a fan of tools like Edmodo and Hapara. However, for teachers new to technology and already using Google Apps for Education, this is a great start.
Additional Information on Google Classroom:
- Google Classroom As presented by Google ISTE2014 - As shared by Allison Mollica on her blog
- Introduction to Google Classroom