Google Classroom allows for posts to be organized in a variety of ways. One method allows for teachers to tag announcements, questions, and assignments with a specific topic. When an assignment is tagged with a topic, it appears on the left side of the stream allowing for all content with that topic to be displayed in one click. Topics allow for teachers and students to recall content quickly and efficiently.
Teachers can also create posts and either save them as drafts to be published at a later date or schedule them to be sent out at a specific time. Saving as a draft can help teachers prepare their classroom for upcoming work while not having it visible to students.
Teachers should also utilize the calendar associated with their class. This calendar appears both in Google Classroom, but also as an additional calendar in both the teacher and student’s Google Calendar. From Google Calendar, teachers can make the class calendar public and send the URL to guardians. While all assignments and questions that have due dates associated with them appear on this calendar, teachers can also add other events to the calendar. For example a teacher may want to add a field trip to the calendar.
Assignment: Assignments are a way for teachers to create content for students on a specific topic. When creating an assignment, teachers title each assignment, while also having the ability to include instructions in the description area. They then are able to attach various items to each individual assignment including: Google Drive files, uploaded attachments from the hard drive of the device they are using, YouTube videos, and web links. If teachers attach a Drive file, there are three options through which students can interact when opening the assignment, explained in further detail below.
Question: Teachers can use the Question feature in Google Classroom to quickly receive feedback from students by multiple choice question or short answer. When setting up a question, teachers can allow for students to see their classmates responses, allowing for conversation to take place on the variety of answers. This option can also be turned off if the teacher would rather keep answers private, and graded. The question feature is a great tool to use as an exit ticket to check student understanding.