Google is continuing to astonish its users more and more. In our previous articles, we have already touched upon the benefits of Google Docs and Google Sheets in the ESL classroom. Today we are going to deal with Google Classroom, which is one more fundamental achievement in the IT-sphere introduced by Google.
Google has been presenting Google Classroom with its multiple features since 2014. Google Classroom combines Google Drive for assignment creation and distribution, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for writing, Gmail for communication, and Google Calendar for scheduling. Moreover, in 2018 the website was refreshed and a classroom section was added into it. This website is developed for schools and other educational institutions to make collaborative work easier and paperless. Google classroom is a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account.
With the help of this magnificent online tool teachers can:
- create classes
- give tasks
- send and receive feedback
- track the progress of students
- work anywhere and anytime on any device
- save time and paper
- communicate with students.
How to use Google classroom?
Creating a class and adding students
With Google Classroom you can create as many classes as you want. To create a class just click on the + button on the right side and fill in the details.
After you create the class, you will see it on the left side of your screen. Next step is to add students into this class. There are two ways to do it -- either by inviting them via email or sharing the code provided by Google Classroom.
Building topics for the lesson
If you already have your class, the next step to do is to create a topic for the lesson. All you need is to choose ‘Classwork’ section, to click on ‘Create’ > Topic. Now you can add tasks in that topic.
Another astonishing feature that Google classroom offers us is creating any type of assignments for your students. Apart from that, you can write specific instructions for the completion of each task -- a due date, a topic, points. Moreover, if your students submit their work later, Google will accept it but will indicate that it has been done after the deadline.
You can also add files to the assignments you create. Files can be added from your computer, from Google Drive, from YouTube, or just with the help of the link to a Website. You can open the submitted files whenever and wherever you want and grade the completed tasks.
Holding discussions and testing knowledge with the Questions Feature
If you are about to start a discussion with your students or test their knowledge on any material, the Questions feature will definitely turn out to be useful. You can create questions that require short answers or multiple choice. Furthermore, you again have an opportunity to add a file, a YouTube video, or a link to the question.
Creating polls with quiz assignments
Polls work exactly in the same way as in Google Forms. The most important thing is that you can give your students quiz assignments just in one place -- in Google classroom.
Google Classroom allows teachers to make announcements, to have some conversation based on them and to post reminders about assignment due dates to your students. Both you and your students can respond to these announcements.
Adding and Storing materials
To add materials in your topic, click on ‘Create’> Materials. Here you can add any type of material -- Google Docs, Google Sheets, Syllabus, videos, PDF files, etc. Use the About section of Google Classroom to save classroom materials that you and your students will probably need throughout the school year.
Check the link to find tutorials created by teachers.
Google Classroom is a great tool for working with your students, giving and checking the tasks, grading, getting and giving feedback. It is a modern resource to engage your students in the learning process and face new challenges that technology offers us. So hurry up to use the ‘fruits’ of Google in your classroom.