Quick tour of the NEW Google Classroom 2018Articles . Blog
Hi, my name is Nicole Naditz and I’m the program specialist for instructional technology in San Juan Unified School District. Today I am going to take you on a tour of the brand-new Google Classroom. Updates were just launched today and so I want you to be the first to see what has changed and especially what has improved. When you first sign into Google Classroom, it doesn’t look like much has changed, but if you were to create a new class right now, or if your school district is populating classes anytime after today which is August 6, 2018, your classes when you open them will look different. These changes do not yet affect the traditional Google Classrooms that were created previous to this date although there are a couple of settings that have moved around a little bit so as always, click on a class in order to open it and when you open it, you will probably notice a couple of things right away. One of the things you’ll notice is at the top the three areas we’re accustomed to looking at have changed: we now have Stream, Classwork and People. In the stream, when you click on the plus in the lower right hand corner you actually only have the option to create an announcement or reuse a post from this class or any other class. This is different from in the past. The other thing you will notice is that if you create an announcement and click on the three dots, you no longer have the option to move an announcement to the top. This is a setting that was actually taken away when they launched this new version, so if you would like it back you may want to actually click on the question mark which is in the lower left-hand corner, in order to give feedback. So now the other thing you would notice is, if you click to create an announcement, you will see that the menu looks almost exactly the same–or rather this editing interface looks almost exactly the same. One important feature is missing and that is the topics feature. It is no longer possible to associate a topic with an announcement. There is a workaround for this by creating an assignment in Google Classroom with no due date under the classwork heading, but if you wish to put an announcement in the stream there will no longer be the option to associate a topic with it unless they release that as an update at a later time. So let’s take a look at Classwork. Classwork is where the biggest changes occurred. In Classwork, as you can see, it is now possible to organize information into modules or units and you actually do that by creating topics. You no longer have the plus button in the lower right corner. Instead you have a big “create” button in the upper left corner. Here, you are invited to create an assignment, a question, reuse a post or create a topic. You can also create a topic within the editing window of the assignment or question if you would like to do so so. You’ll notice that at that point, you can still create a topic or use one of your existing topics. You are also now able to change the point value right within the assignment creation window instead of having to wait until assignments start to populate in the grading screen in Google Classroom. And if you don’t want to give it any points, you can just make it ungraded. You still have the ability to select all or just some of your students and to send the assignment to one or more classes. And as always you are also able to assign the assignment right now, or schedule it for later, or save a draft. So if you assign it right now, it will assign now of course. You can schedule it for later or save a draft. What’s really nice is now that I’ve closed that, you will notice another cool feature of Google classroom and that is the draft: it automatically noticed that I started creating something and didn’t save, so it saved a draft for me. And when I click on that, I do have the option to edit that draft or delete it.Then I’m going to go ahead and delete that. I’d like to show you now the “People” setting. This is where you will invite co-teachers if you would like to do that and this is also where you can select an individual student and do a couple of actions there to mute them and so on. If, however, you want to adjust the settings for everyone in the class, you’ll actually go to the new settings wheel. Here, you will find that if you click on the pencil, you can do a couple of additional descriptions in the class. Notice that you cannot add any materials here. You will receive the join code for joining the class, you will have the ability to set the permissions for all the learners in the class with regard to what they can do in the stream. Specifically you will be able to show your deleted items and only the teacher sees those. And you will be able to enable or disable your class to be included in Guardian summaries. Remember that Guardian summaries are static messages that parents can receive that let them know what was posted in the class as well as any work that their student might be missing. They cannot reply to those summaries and they cannot interact with the content in any way. Another really important feature to consider is what happens when students turn work, in so let’s take a look at an assignment. Now, when you click on an assignment, instead of it saying “done and not done,” it actually changes to say it actually changes to say how many have turned it in and how many it’s assigned to (who have not yet turned it in). And if you’d like to view the assignment, you can just click on it and that will open up the assignment window and show you, because… sorry I keep having to move that… and it will show you the students who have turned it, in the remaining students to whom it’s been assigned. As always, you do have a preview window to see what the student has turned in, if they created a Google product in order to submit their work. And if you click on the turned in title right there at the top of the window, you will see that you actually get a list of everyone in the class and you can move immediately to another student’s work without having to go back to Google classroom. And if everybody turned it in, you can even toggle through the students one at a time in order to see who has turned in what . Okay. You still have your “return” button. You also have a help and feedback section just for this. Finally you have the Comment Bank and the ability to add private comments, so I’m gonna go ahead and close that now. As you can see here, you can now click on the three dots to return. They even have a keyboard shortcut now for returning. You can also select students from the menu on the left and then click “return,” so you have a lot of new options now in Google classroom and most of these options actually make it easier for you to organize the work in ways that will hopefully make sense for your learners. And one final change I wanted to show you is that the Google Calendar now opens up to an actual Google Calendar that you can edit and it will populate with assignments if the assignments or questions have a due date. So if I were, for example, to edit this assignment, there’s actually… hold on one second… let’s see if I can do it here… if I were to edit this assignment and give it a due date of tomorrow and hit save. And now it’s saving that and of course it will show that due date in the classwork page as soon as it is done saving. And if I go back to the calendar, when we look at it now, we will see–when it’s done loading– that there is now an assignment here that the students can click on. And this will just provide them a link to go straight to Google Classroom. And of course, they’ll have to be logged in in order to view that. So that is the brand-new Google classroom with the new stream that is only for announcements; class work for questions and assignments; with its new create button; and its ability to create topics that that will serve as headers… and to move those topics within the stream anywhere you would like. The people feature, which by the way, if you click on a person, it will show you a summary of all of that person’s work and the status of the work and over here, you can actually filter to only see what you’ve returned with a grade or only see what’s missing, or only see what is turned in if you would like to do that. And lastly, you remember that your settings wheel is where you will find the class code as well as the options for setting the permissions for all of your learners and the Guardian summary. And the about link really is just the name of the class and the class code. There is no longer the option to add materials to the about feature. I hope that you have found this quick tour of the new Google classroom helpful and I hope to see you here soon.
Written by Michelle Gutierrez
- Melania Trump silent after husband mocks Greta Thunberg
- Love You Bangaram Telugu Full Movie | Rahul, Shravya | Sri Balaji Video
- Windows 10: Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls
- ZoomText Tech Support Tip #1 – ID#9 error when reading PDF Documents from the web
- Advanced Moving Filmstrip in Avid Media Composer
- FilterCopy | Comment Pe Comment – Funny Reactions to Social Media Comments
- Does Google use data from social sites in ranking?
- Cómo tener [WIFI GRATIS] desde cualquier lugar 2020 / Cómo tener INTERNET GRATIS/ FREE WIFI
- Why you should be Careful on The Internet