Google Classroom

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  1. Peregrin5

    Peregrin5 Maven

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    Google is releasing Google Classroom soon and you can get a preview if you sign up at classroom.google.com.

    I think it's a management system similar to Blackboard that is better integrated with Google Apps but I haven't had a chance to really play with it yet.
     
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    Cool! I will be teaching one class (8th graders) that is piloting 1:1 Chromebooks and will definitely check it out. Now if only the wireless will behave/is reliable (fingers crossed!).
     
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    I'd like to see what they will have on Google Classroom. Thanks.
     
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    Oh this is very very cool! Thank you for sharing, Peregrin! This looks like it combines all the good parts of the online learning management system I used when I taught online (being ablt to quickly create, assign and grade student work), minus the seriously aggravating non-user-friendliness of a system so outdated it would only run on...IE 6. If Google is making it, it will be good -- that's my mantra, anyway!
     
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    I just got a message from our technology specialist about this! :)
     
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    So umm, what does it do? For us non tech people out there. :D
     
  9. Peregrin5

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    Well the video provides the best description of what it does, but essentially it's a learning management system that allows you to have students log in, complete assignments digitally, view them digitally, and grade them digitally. Other features are online class discussions (like a message board), sending out announcements, and managing classroom digital materials.

    If you've ever used Blackboard or similar systems, it seems a lot like that.
     
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    Cool, I like that idea.
     
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    Thanks Peregrin, It reminds me that, gosh I love being a teacher in 2014!
     
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    This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing it!
     
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    I taught for a year using Google Drive and Google Apps, and this looks like it has built on that. Did I like it? I LOVED it! Students shared with me, contacted me when needed, feedback was easy, everything was saved, if a student was stuck, I could see what had been done, and stimulate by asking questions, making suggestions, restating the ultimate goal, etc. This new set of apps has added more capabilities, and I am really excited to think that I will be able to extend this new tech to my new not very tech school. My suggestion is to embrace it, play with Google whenever you get a chance, spend some time with students answering questions outside of school hours, but set some realistic expectations. I told my students when I absolutely would not be online that evening, and they also knew that asking me for clarification or help after 9 was a fools mission. I used it to present lesson's when school was closed for weather, and the students were responsible for staying up to date and current. Best part, the students and the staff were using Google for mail and the sharing made life easy. We were a 1:1 school, so this removed the "the dog ate the homework" excuse across the board. Students would try to say they shared with me, but the tracking always proved that they were mistaken. I loved Google's consistency and durability, and it is so intuitive. If you haven't tried it or embraced it to date, be brave, and give it a shot. It is easy to understand why so many schools have switched over to a Google based system school wide. Thank you for sharing this with us!
     
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    I have access to it right now (I signed up for early preview), but I can't physically use it until I get my class lists and enroll all of my students in my class. From what I can tell, it looks really cool and definitely very useful! I love how everything is integrated and it's a "one stop shop" for grading.
     
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    Very cool. I have to get acquainted with it quick because I've already been assigned to teach a PD on it during our in-service! I'm trying to figure out how to test it when we don't have our roster yet.
     
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    Oooh! Hopefully you have time to use it before then. When is your in-service day?
     
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    Yeah, I've determined that there's pretty much no way to test it out until you enroll students. Maybe you could enroll a dummy class list for the purposes of your PD?
     
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    It's going to be in September. I'm in charge of enrolling the students in Google Apps anyway so it should be simple to make a dummy class or ask the secretaries to send me a preliminary school roster soon.
     
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    Is anyone up and running in Google Classroom? I want to get started but haven't quite figured out how to add my students or get them to join my class. I have the class set up and have the access code, but is there a quick way to invite all your students at once?

    For anyone who is up and running, how are you using it? Successes, pitfalls, pointers?
     
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    There is no quick way to personally add students because that would have to involve your school doing that for you. If your students already have apps accounts with your domain you can add them relatively quickly because their name would appear as you started typing it. Otherwise the fastest way and the way I'm going is giving them the code and having them join it on their own. That way all I have to do is share the code.

    I just got our Google apps accounts set up tonight and we'll be doing a test run tomorrow.
     
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    Thanks for your response, Peregrin! If I give them the code, do I direct them to classroom.google.com to enter the code somewhere? They all do (should) have Google accounts, so I guess I can invite them all, but it does seem more time-consuming than if they can join on their own somehow with the code.

    I am excited by the possibilities but a little overwhelmed with having one more thing to set up...I am trusting it will end up saving me time later!
     
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    Yes, they just login at classroom.google.com and enter the code. I think it'll be a little easier than managing the separate forum system and Google drive sharing etc that I had to do before. It's a good portal to work from.
     
  23. BioAngel

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    We are going to having a training session on Thursday to start using Google classroom with our 5th and 6th graders. I was talking to 2 of our tech people who set it up for our classes yesterday and it sounds interesting- I can't wait to actually start playing with it.

    I'll share an update on what I learn after tomorrow's training session too :)
     
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    I love when teachers and students learn together.
     
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    Google classroom is go! I have gotten as far as getting one whole class enrolled, completing the first assignment, and submitting online. It took a lot of patience and trial-and-error, but we figured it out! One thing I learned: be sure to say right off the bat that the "stream" is for teacher use only -- my students instantly started treating it like a facebook feed and posting comments and lols -- oh my! Lesson learned on setting expectations in the new setting! :)
     
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    I made the same mistake. Kind of weird they don't have an option to keep that from happening IMO.

    Today we used Google Classroom to do a "Continue the Story" activity. The kids aren't the best at developing an award winning story, but they had fun.
     
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    That's a great idea to put the "thread" to good use! Let's keep this thread going with ideas as we discover new ways to use Google Classroom. So far, I think it's a great tool with a lot of potential but a few kinks to work out. I keep doing the "send feedback" whenever something like this occurs to me. I like thinking we are helping develop the tool, too!
     
  28. BioAngel

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    Training was pushed back- so tomorrow is an introduction day with the students and then we (teachers) will be trained on Google classroom. I'm just a tiny bit peeved it was pushed back- I hate when my classes are not set up ahead of time!
     
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    My new school is all Google. Last year I used Edmodo for my kids to take quizzes because it gave them instant feedback. Do I have the ability in Google Class to do something similar that will grade it when the students submit?
     
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    I don't know for sure, but I believe you can use Flubaroo to set up instant grading on Google Forms quizzes. You could also just post a link to your Edmodo quizzes to your Google Classroom, I think. I am looking into doing something similar myself.
     
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    Do you find that Google Classroom is more appropriate for the upper grades?
     
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    It depends on how tech-saavy your kids are I guess. Some elementary schools have students using Google Docs, sharing, collaborating, etc. I'm certain they can understand it with a little bit of scaffolding, but it would probably take elementary students a lot more time to just get started with it than older students.

    But you can alter the assignments to be whatever grade-level you want them to be. If your kids are practiced typists, and comfortable with tech, it shouldn't be too hard.

    Also Ms_C, no. There's no way to use Google Classroom to automatically grade quizzes. It's best used for essay like assignments or short response assignments.
     
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    Thanks! It sounds, then, that maybe this is not something appropriate for my 6-year-old students.
     
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    Our school is talking about having 1:1 devices for grades K-12 for next year. It's not clear if that's going to mean Chromebooks or tablets for the elementary grades. I'm all in on tech for the upper grades, but I'm not too sure how I feel about having the little ones get so much screen time, especially with the findings recently coming out confirming that screen time (not just tv) should be limited for kids under a certain age.
     
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    I started using Google classroom right when the year began a few weeks ago, and have been using it ever since. I love it. It is indeed very similar to content management systems like Blackboard, but I think it's much easier to use, and more simplified. There aren't a TON of features really, which makes it more limited, but also easier to use.

    Basically, you can post content yourself (which can be anything... text, a video, a google doc, whatever), and you can also create assignments. The assignments is the coolest feature: I can create an assignment in Google Docs and then "assign" it, which gives me the option of automatically creating a copy of that assignment into each kid's Google drive. That file is then also automatically shared with me, so I can monitor progress. It's much easier than previous years because I don't have to work with kids to get them to "share" the assignments with me (or email them to me) because I automatically have access to their work. I love that feature.

    As for the "feed", think of it like a Facebook feed. Each user can make a post, and comment on the posts of others. It's just like this message board, but structured more like Facebook and a rolling news-feed. I actually like it, and use it to post discussion questions.

    That said, many features don't exist yet. Quizzes can be made in Google forms, but short of separate extensions you need to setup (tricky for non-tech people), auto-grading doesn't exist. There is also no gradebook, so while you can assign points, there was no master spreadsheet of those that I could find. Thus I've had to grade work, and then transfer those grades to my regular gradebook manually. It also doesn't allow anyone to join without a school-issued Google account, so parents who want to follow the class on their own account, can't do so.

    All in all, I like it... but it could use some more features. If anyone has questions or wants some more input, shoot me a note. I'm been using Google Classroom for 3 weeks now, and will be using it all year.
     
  36. BioAngel

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    We had the training yesterday! FINALLY! :) Our tech guy was running late (we had schedule problems he was fixing- poor guy) and the teachers just turned to me while we were waiting and asked "Can't you just teach it to us?" - for the first time I had to tell them that I had no clue on how to use it (I normally get a heads up from the tech team so I can set mine up and they can show it to other teachers).

    We also have a private site for parents, students, and faculty/staff to use- it's called Whipple Hill (the company's name) but it's kind of like a mash up between Facebook and Moodle. The tech guy explained that our private site will be like our student's planner (the parents get to see what assignments their kids have, resources, etc), but we can use Google classroom as a way to distribute the work and have kids turn it in properly. (No more "But I did put it in my assignment folder on my drive" or "I did share it with you".)

    I also love how it automatically organizes documents/assignments for you and the commenting feature. I would love to have hw assignments where they can watch a video and chat about it. I do have some concerns about comments like that, but we'll hold the kids responsible for what they're saying.
     

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