The new school year has just begun, and I have been asked by a few, “How do I delete all of my assignments from last year, and add this year’s class to Google Classroom?”
My answer: Archive the old and create a new classroom! It’s easy to do.
Navigate to your Google Classroom. Find the class you wish to archive. Click on the three (3) dots in the upper right corner. This will bring up a pop out menu. Here you have the choice to ‘Rename’ the class, or ‘Archive’ it.
No worries, you can always refer back to last year’s assignments in your archived classes:
You now have the ability to upload an assignment in Google Classroom and ‘Save Draft’; and assign when necessary.
Create an assignment as usual, but instead of ‘Assign’ choose ‘Save Draft’. It will then appear on YOUR wall as ‘Draft’. When you are ready to ‘Assign’ either click on ‘Draft’ or the arrow on the right. Then click the name of the assignment, a pop-out window appears where you can see the settings of the assignment and have the option to ‘Assign’ or ‘Save Draft’. This time ‘Assign’.
Today Google Classroom has made yet another improvement! Teachers have been wanting to share their Classrooms with other teachers. Today, Google has given us this opportunity.
Invite Another Teacher
Choose the Classroom you would like to share with another teacher. Once in the Classroom, navigate to the ‘About’ page (1.). Once there the teachers the Classroom have been shared with are located on the left (2.). Notice that the owner of the classroom is listed first. Below the teachers is an ‘Invite’ button (3.). Once this is chosen, you find the teacher you would like to share the Classroom with – within your domain. It will send an Invitation to the teacher. All they have to do is accept.
Google has listened to teachers’ feedback yet again. Since Classroom’s Beta rollout last summer, Google has continued to ask teachers what WE want, what would make their product better. We spoke, and they responded…again.
Today Google announced a few improvements based on OUR feedback.
1. Groups Integration
If you use Google Groups, you can now pre-populate classes with this newest iteration.
2. View Deleted Items
It’s a simple on/off toggle switch.
3. Control Class Commenting Feature
When in ‘Students’, you choose whether students can post, comment, or if the teacher is the only one with those rights. This feature will hold true for ALL students in the class. If you would like to control the ability for individuals to post/comment see below (number 4).
4. Mute Individual Students
Every now and then a student tests the waters, and drowns. You now have the option to Mute those individuals. Muted students will not be able to post or comment in the Classroom.
5. Sort Students
Some teachers prefer to sort by last name, while others prefer first name. Google has given teachers the freedom to sort as we please.
6. Downloading Grades
The ability to download ALL assignment grades at once (to CSV file) makes it easier to upload those grades into whatever grading program you or your district are using.
7. Students Can Mark Assignments as ‘Done’
Recently I had my students working on a Presentation in groups. I posted the assignment, but only the owner of the Presentation needed (or had the rights) to ‘Turn In’ the assignment. This left 40 ‘Not Done’ assignments – which looked messy and inaccurate. Now those students can go into their Classroom, and mark the assignments as ‘Done’.
This feature is handy when assigning reading, viewing a video, or other tasks where nothing needs to be handed in.
Student View in their ‘Stream‘. It has marked the assignment as ‘Late’.
The student needs to ‘Open’ the assignment and ‘Mark As Done’.
A pop-out window will appear asking if the student is sure this is the desired action. Notice the student can add a private message to the teacher.
In their ‘My Assignments’ View the student has the option to ‘Unsubmit’. The completion of the assignment is noted in the right corner. It will also be reflected in their ‘Stream’ View.
Sometimes, you just want to view everyone’s work quickly – all at once. Use the Preview feature in Google Drive.
Not sure how to get started? This is a quick tutorial that will get you on your way.