Let me tell you what I know about Google Classroom in Kindergarten. These are essentials you need to know when you begin your paperless journey. Google Classroom is available for everyone (even homeschoolers and teachers at private schools can access it, yo!).
Watch the whole tutorial or/and read a post below and watch short themed videos on getting started with Google Classroom.
Just recently Google Classroom layout has changed a bit. Now there are 3 main tabs: Classwork (the major part with assignments and activities), Stream (you can communicate with your class), People (you can invite students and organize our class).
How to create a class
Click the plus sign in the top right corner and choose Create Class.
How to add students
Kids should go to classroom.google.com, click the plus sign and choose Join Class. Then they will need to insert the class code (find under People). Or you can invite them yourself by typing their names/emails or via the class code.
Teachers can create a topic
If you need to organize the assignments/questions, create various topics. Just click the plus sign and choose Create Topic.
Teachers can create an assignment
Click the plus sign and choose Create Assignment. Choose Make a Copy for each student (this was they can make changes in their copies). If you click Assign it will be available in your class straight away (or you can schedule it for later). Also, you can set a topic to the assignment if you need.
Click the plus sign and choose Materials. This allows you to add all the materials to the classwork tab and organize them according to different topics.
Teachers can ask a question
Click the plus sign and choose Create Question. I use it only for older students. We start a discussion and reflect on various topics.
This section is like your feed on social media (Facebook, Instagram). Here you connect with your students.
Note: I don't really use this part with kindergarteners cause they won't be able to type the whole question or post something. But it will definitely be helpful with other kids in primary school.
Teachers can make an announcement
Do you have something important to say? Then click the plus sign and choose to Create Announcement or Reuse Post (you can reuse a post that you've used before).
How to change a theme
Click Select Theme and choose the one you like.
Here you can change the name of your class. Also, you can see the class code, make it bigger and visual, reset or disable it.
Things to remember
- There is no save button because changes are saved automatically.
- If you want any packet in Google Slides to be interactive (touch and drag feature), you and students should only open it in EDIT MODE.
- If a student deletes the slides or doc, the first thing to do is to use UNDO button.
Updates implemented in January 2019.
- Now you can see the class code directly on the page, in the upper banner or class image.
- Drag and drop topics and classwork assignments in the Classwork page.
What resources can you use?
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