Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Create blended learning with Google Classroom, part of Teacher Tech Tips.
- [Voiceover] Welcome to Teacher Tech Tips. I'm Oliver Schinkten. This week I want to introduce one of the most innovative tools in education, and that is Google Classroom. I know there are a lot of educators out there who are already using Google Classroom, but if you're not one of them, I suggest checking it out. Google Classroom is an online education platform that will help you to easily transition some of your class resources online. Here everything's stored in the cloud, so you and your students can access them from anywhere you have an Internet connection.
This will allow you to go paperless. Assignments can be assigned and turned in, and you can even leave feedback right inside of Google Classroom. This will help to engage students in online discussions and help teach the students important digital literacy and digital citizenship skills. Let's navigate to Google Classroom. We can do this by typing in classroom.google.com. Now this brings me to my dashboard, and this is because I was already logged into Chrome.
I can see that in the upper-right corner where it has my email address. If you weren't already logged in, it will have you do that. One important announcement is that you do need to have a Google Apps for Education account in order to access Google Classroom. So you will need to log in with your school account, and your school needs to have Google Apps for Education. If they don't, it is a free service, so ask an IT administrator if you can get access for your school. Now inside of my dashboard I can enter one of the courses that I've created.
I'll click on Animal Behavior. And here in the stream you can see resources, assignments, knowledge checks, questions, different things that I've posted for my students. It lets me know how many people have turned it in, and how many people still need to. I can also click here to access that assignment. So it's very easy to use. If I click on the students tab, I can see all students enrolled in my course. And I can click to the right on the email icon to easily send them a message.
If I click on the about tab, this brings up my class resource page. This is a one-stop shop for information and resources about the class. So here I have the room number, our Google Drive folder. I also have an introduction video and course syllabus that students can access. Now I'll navigate back to our dashboard. And if I want to add a new class, I can easily do that by clicking the plus button in the upper right. I'll click create class, and let's call this one Life Science.
Call it section one, and click create. And just like that I created a Life Science course. Now, it's a blank template, so I can go in and select a different theme to customize the background. I can go in here and start adding assignments and questions, as well as other resources. On the students tab, I can access the class code, which will allow me to invite students, and once they enter this in, they'll be part of the class. And then the about tab allows me to set up my class resources page.
Now I'm gonna navigate back to the stream tab, and show you how easy it is to add an announcement, an assignment, or to start a discussion. In the bottom right corner, if I click on the plus button, here I can add an announcement, an assignment, I can create a question for the class, or even reuse a post, one that I used for another class or maybe in a previous year. I'm going to click on create assignment and as you can see I can title it, enter in instructions. I can set the due date.
Another really nice feature is that I can add an attachment. I can add a file or a link like I normally would be able to. However, because this is a Google product, I can very easily add in a file from Google Drive. And if I click here it will bring up the class folder. Inside of this class folder I already have some resources. Some that I've created and other ones that students have turned in. One recommendation that I have is when you're naming your assignments, I suggest naming them or starting them off with a number such as 001, then 002.
This will allow you to organize them very easily in the future. I'll close this out. And I also have the option to add a YouTube video that will embed right inside of Google Classroom. Navigate back to my dashboard, and as you can see, the Life Science course has now been added. So I recommend giving this tool a try. It could even be used to create groups within a project, or a place to share information for a club or sport.
If you want to learn more about how to use Google Classroom, check out my course titled Learning Google Classroom 2016. And as always, if there's anything that I can help with, or if you have suggestions on a tech tool that's worked for you, let me know at email@example.com. Or connect with me on Twitter, where my handle is @schink10.