Resource Update: Google Classroom Reaches out to Parents!

With new Guardian Summaries, Google Classroom will automatically notify parents of class activities and student work.

Google has rolled out several new features of Google Classroom for the 2016-2017 school year, and, as always, they seem to be listening to teachers. One of the most requested features of Google Classroom has been parent access, and now a form of that is here. Teachers can invite parents to receive daily or weekly notifications. That notification, called a “Guardian Summary,” will summarize assignments, questions, and announcements as well as list missing work. If you use Google Classroom with fidelity, this upgrade is fantastic. You will be able to give parents the clear and quick information they need to stay on top of things. Even better, parents will receive one update per student, not per class. Your updates will automatically collect with other teachers’. How cool is this? Look at the example update below. Then, read further for more information.

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Want to know how to do it? Check out the tutorial below or scroll further to links to Google help pages.


Google Support Page of Guardian Summaries for Teachers

Google Support Page of Guardian Summaries for Parents

Google Apps for Education Back to School Update August 2016

Oh, and by the way, Google also added the ability to specific subjects when creating Classrooms and topics when creating posts. Even though none of that is as cool as the Guardian Summaries, you can still read about them in the update linked above.

Cool Trick: End of Year Wrap-up for Google Classroom

Don’t delete that Google Classroom and don’t just reuse it next year. Read this post for the best way to preserve the old Classroom and create the new!

If you used Google Classroom throughout the year, you probably loaded a whole bunch of assignments, announcements, questions, and more. At least some of that material is still viable for teaching the same class next year. So, how do you keep that material for next year? Here’s what not to do.

  • Don’t delete the class and start over. That’s too much work.
  • Don’t remove all the students and try to modify through deleting and keeping material, readying it for new student invitations.
  • Don’t panic.

Google allows you to archive a Classroom, but use its material for the next year’s class. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Look at your dashboard, the tile-based list of Classrooms you have.
  2. Click in the top-right, three-dot control of the Classroom tile.
  3. Select “Archive.”
  4. Create your new class.
  5. In the bottom-right of the Classroom screen, click the plus button.
  6. Select “Reuse.”
  7. Browse through the class list and select the archived class.
  8. Select the post and click the “Reuse” button.

That’s it!

If you’d like more help, check out the tutorial below.

By the way, archiving Classrooms is an excellent way to clean up your Google Classroom dashboard. And, if you ever wondered how to delete a Classroom, you can only do that from the archive. Once in the archive, you can delete a Classroom. This two-step process reduces the likelihood of accidental deletion.

Cool Trick: Share to Classroom

Would you like to open a weblink in a new tab for all of your students in the class with a click of a button? Check this out!

Wow! Now you can look at a web page, click a button, and pop open that page on your students’ Chromebooks without them doing anything. This is “Share to Classroom,” a Google extension that allows teachers to quickly share web content with students enrolled in their Google Classrooms. Check it out!


Google Support Page for Share to Classroom

Share to Classroom on Web Store

Cool Trick: Review Discussions in Google Classroom

Learn how to answer all student questions quickly and easily with Google Classroom and a smartphone!

Let’s learn how to create and manage micro-discussions through Google Classroom. These discussions are perfectly suited for those few days before the final test, project, or speech date. You can merge a smartphone and Classroom to answer student questions quickly and fruitfully.

[Thanks to Northview teacher John Eckhart for piloting this technique!]


Resource Links

Text-Based Instructions

Classroom Download for iPhone

Classroom Download for Android

Chrome Download for iPhone

SDL Resource Introduction on Google Classroom

PD Session: Google Classroom for Beginners and Recent Beginners

Come join us for an exploration of this wonderful online classroom service, from creating and page to best practices for usage.

Presented by Brian Mitchell and Rob Redd

Presenting last on October 19, 2015 as part of the Sylvania Fall Inservice Day. Next presentation to be announced!


From the ad: “Have you heard about Google Classroom, but never had time to get started? The district is now giving you time to get started. Come join us for an exploration of this wonderful online classroom service, from creating and page to best practices for usage.”

During this class we will show you how to create a Google Classroom and how to assign assignments or announcements as well.  We will also answer any questions you may have and provide you time to work. 


Couldn’t make the session?  Check out this video from Amy Mayer on the Google Classroom!


Session Materials

Brian and Rob’s Presentation

Additional Resources:

Setting Up and Using Google Classroom

Google Classroom Review

Doctopus + Classroom + Goobric

PD Session: Google-Charging Your Classroom

Join us for a session on the development of a digital classroom for the 21st Century. Walk away with a ready-to-use digital classroom in order to effectively communicate with students.

Part of Sylvania’s 2015 Summer PD Series

Presented by Lauren Clark and Alexander Clarkson

Scheduled for Presentation on September 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM at the Southview media center


From the ad: “Join us for a session on the development of a digital classroom for the 21st Century. Walk away with a ready-to-use digital classroom in order to effectively communicate with students. Learn how to post and grade assignments, send announcements, and build interactive discussions! This session is designed for any teacher.”

In this session, teachers will first learn what Google Classroom is. Then,the presenter will help them create their own class and perform the basic functions of making announcements, posting assignments, grading assignments, posting a variety of content, communicating, and customizing the design. Teachers will leave with a classroom they can use immediately and ideas for extending its use.


Couldn’t make the session?  Check out this video from full instructional video on the setting up Google Classroom!


Session Materials

Session Agenda

Lauren Clark’s Google Slides Presentation

SDL Resource Introduction to Google Classroom

Previewing a New Classroom” by Google (Video 1:42)

Classroom 101″ by Google (Video 2:18)

PD Session: Classroom Communication in the 21st Century

Join us to learn how to communicate assignments, announcements, grades, and more through tools that will bring your class into every inbox and cell phone.

Part of Sylvania’s 2015 Summer PD Series

Presented by Alexander Clarkson

Last presented on June 24, 2015


Join us to learn how to communicate assignments, announcements, grades, and more through tools that will bring your class into every inbox and cell phone.  This session is designed for any teacher.


Couldn’t make the session?  Check out this video introduction of Remind, one of the most popular tools discussed in this session.  Whet your appetite with this and then check out the other resources below!


Session Materials

Alex Clarkson’s Google Slides Presentation

Remind YouTube Channel

Website for Yet Another Mail Merge

“Create a Mail Merge with Gmail and Google Drive 2014” (Video 5:42)

Previewing a New Classroom” by Google (Video 1:42)

Classroom 101″ by Google (Video 2:18)

Resource Introduction: Google Classroom

Unlike previous online classrooms, Google Classroom offers simple, streamlined interaction that is easy to master and convenient for students and parents.


What is it?

Classroom is Google’s answer to online classroom systems like Moodle, Blackboard, TeacherWeb, or My Big Campus.  Unlike those resources, Classroom offers simple, streamlined interaction that is easy to master and convenient for students and parents. The best part?  It’s a Google product, so it merges seamlessly with Google Drive and the rest of their products.

How can I use it?

You can use Classroom to post announcements with or without attachments or links.  Students are notified of these updates through email. You can use Classroom to post assignments, and it will automatically create copies for each student, even filing those documents in the appropriate folder in Drive.  You can use Classroom to communicate through email quickly.  Those are the three main uses, but more are available, and Google keeps updating the service with teacher-requested changes!

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use Google Classroom in your school. Ask them for help!

At McCord, Connie Root, Marilyn Waite, Dave Budas, Rob Redd, and Brian Mitchell

At Arbor Hills, Karma Vince, Heather Musgrove, Alyssa Gottschalk, and Tony Cutway

At Timberstone, Lauren Clark, Marilyn Waite, Mike Burke, and Chris Harrington

At Southview, Paul Moffitt, Shelley Bielak, and Melissa Tusing

At Northview, Darla Omey, John Word, John Eckhart, Kathryn Nelson, Karolynn Nowak, Pat Johnson, Lauren Stewart, and Don Wachowiak

At Maplewood, Jenny Grafitti

At Central Trail, Michelle Morgan, Christina Renz, and Julie Bennett

At Highland, Kyle Newnham, Megan Mitchell, and Kayla Wiemers

At Stranahan, Amanda Sanderson

At Hill View, Kayla Nowacki 

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to aclarkson@sylvaniaschools.org.


Check out this short video by Amy Mayer to help you get started.  Then, check out Sylvania’s PD session page in this site for more information.


Resource Links

Google Classroom

Google Classroom app for Android or IOS

Amy Reilly’s extended “Google Classroom Tutorial” 

The Gooru’s “Everything You Need to Know in Google Classroom, Part 1”

The Gooru’s “Everything You Need to Know in Google Classroom, Part 2”

The Gooru’s “Everything You Need to Know in Google Classroom, Part 3”

How-To Videos

“Doctopus+ Classroom + Goobric = :)” Yay! (Video 10:43)

Snap a Photo in Google Classroom (Video 0:20)

Share from Other Apps in Google Classroom (Video 0:20)

Google for Education YouTube Channel

Updates

Google’s blog post on recent updates (6/29/15), including the new share button.

August 2015 Update Discussion

Share to Classroom Extension for Google Chrome