Assigning Individual/Group Assignments in Google Classroom

Google recently announced a few changes to Google Classroom. Some of them are meant for admin-level people, but the thing I’m most excited about is an update for me, the teacher, and for our students. As you can tell from the title, this update allows the teacher to assign items to individual students. I posted a video going over all of the ins and outs below.

Here’s how to do it

If you are not a video person. Here is a breakdown of what you need to know.

Step 1

To begin with, you will need to add an assignment just like you would normally do. Go down to the plus, “+,” sign on the bottom right of the screen and then click on “Creat Assignment.

Step 2

 

Click on the new “All Students” drop down.

Step 3

Deselect “All Students” and check the students that you want to assign something for. You can do this for as many or as few students as you wish. Once you are done, hit the “Assign” button like normal. You will notice that the number of students showing as not done will only reflect the number of students you selected.

Editing your selections

Luckily you can edit your selections easily and add additional students or subtract students from the assignment. To do this go to the edit menu.

From there you will see the number of students you assigned to the lesson. Click on the drop down and edit your selections.

And hit “Save.”

It’s as simple as that. Thanks Google!

Future suggestions

I would like to see Google add the ability to create groups of students so that I could quickly make multiple different assignments for mass numbers of students. Right now I have to go through and check each student. If I have 150 students, that means that I need to click 150 checkboxes. A grouping feature would allow me to select a group and have it assign to multiple students in that group, saving me a bit of time, effort, and stopping me from making as many mistakes.

Working on becoming a Google Certified Educator

I’m  a massive fan of what Google has been doing in the education field. My students and I use their products every day. I teach others how to use Google Classroom and other G Suite Apps and I often find myself being asked questions about Google products during my school day. After talking to a few educator friends and doing some research, albeit brief, online, I’ve decided to work towards becoming a Google Certified Educator Level 1.

I’m always looking to further my education, skills, and experience (as all educators should) and I feel like this is a natural next step in my process. The basic process that Google puts forward is that you sign-up, take 13 Units of at-your-own-pace instruction/training, and then take a 180 minute exam to test your skills.

I started the process tonight and found the content enjoyable and easily digestible. As I’m very familiar with the basics of Google products, I didn’t think the intro stuff would be too hard. And it wasn’t. The final quiz of the unit left me with a few problems because it was marking questions wrong that I knew were right. I figured out that you must capitalize your fill in the blank responses and I was able to move along from there.

I hope to work towards completing all of the units before winter break and take the test over break. The test costs $10 and I honestly don’t know if passing it does anything for my career, but I’m really more interested in what I can learn from it.

In the past I was an online educator for high school students and I currently sell online courses on a variety of subjects, so I’m interest to see how Google does the whole online education thing. I’ve seen what they have done with Google Classroom (love it) and I want to see how deeply rooted the choices in Google Classroom are to their own instruction.

Wish me luck, it’s time to be professionally developed!

How to link Google Slides to other slides

Something that I have found myself needing to do from time to time is to link a slide in a Google Slide presentation to another slide. During our Back to School Night I wanted to make a single presentation, since most of the info is the same, but be able to switch from class to class seamlessly. Linking slides to other slides was the way I decided to tackle the problem. Below is a video on how to do it.

Google Classroom Updates May 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-05-11-at-3.54.27-PMGoogle has made some really nice updates to Google Classroom over the past few months. They are getting closer and closer to an ideal LMS. I’ve outlined some of my past grievances with Google Classroom, and it sounds like they are listening to feedback. Many of the issues I raised are still there, but the new additions are super helpful for many reasons.

Questions

Towards the beginning of the school year Google added “Questions” as a type of item to add to your classroom. Previously the only items that were in there were Announcements and Assignments. Questions added a nice way to give a quick formative assessment or feedback tool. It was slightly limited, but still worked. They added options now to allow for different types of questions; short answer or multiple choice. The process for creating questions is shown below:

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5 Things Google Classroom Needs to Fix

I’m a huge fan of Google Classroom. It has saved me invaluable time, allowed me to make my classes more dynamic, and greatly helped me cut down on paper (and lost assignments). With all of that said, I believe there are a number of things that need to be added or enhanced in Google Classroom to make it a more powerful tool for students and teachers.

#1. Grading

For the 2015-2016 school year Google made a number of “enhancements” on how teachers can grade student work. Previously there was a list of students and their assignments with the newest submission being at the top. Teachers could easily add grades and see work that wasn’t completed yet. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked somewhat well. (more…)

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