Google Classroom: FAQ

by +Sarah Woods

This is another in our series of posts about Google Classroom! See links to complete series at the end of this post.

We're starting this FAQ with the questions we had, but please add your questions in the comments and we'll try to answer them! Also, please keep in mind that we're looking at the preview of Google classroom, so hopefully the answers to some of these questions will change!



Can teachers add other things to comments or just text?

Comments are text only. Hopefully this will be expanded later!


Is there some kind of gradebook when there is more than one assignment?

There doesn't seem to be a gradebook at all. We're hoping this will come with the full release. Right now, you have to go back to each assignment to review grades, which would be a real pain a few months down the road! This is another thing we're hoping to see extended with the full release!

Do you get an email when a grade is returned from the teacher?

Yes, you do! Teachers decide when to release grades (called "return") and students get a nifty email with a link to their work!

Do assignments show up on your calendar?

They don't. We're hoping this will come with the full release!

Can you turn things in past the due date?

Yes, but they show as overdue to the student in their stream (with a RED triangle!) and for the teacher the submission date and time show with the turned in assignments so there's no question if they're late. However, there doesn't seem to be a way to stop or start submissions, so once you make an assignment, it's on and available. In the grand scheme of things, this is probably a good thing - we need to move away from control in the direction of open learning!

Can you have more than one teacher in a class?

There's no administration preview, so we don't really know what the end plan for this is. Looking at Google Classroom right now, a teacher can't add another teacher.

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UPDATE:

Lots of interesting changes to Google Classroom recently. Make sure to check out our comprehensive online course on Google Classroom by Google in Education guru Allison Mollica. The course will help you get up to speed with ‘Google Classroom’ and features video lessons with an online quiz after each video chapter to test your knowledge. The course is being updated regularly to reflect the most recent changes. Get access here: http://goo.gl/ddspKc

All our upcoming summits will have a dedicated session about Google Classroom. If you want to learn best practices from Google Certified Teachers and Google Certified Trainers, register for a Google in Education Summit in your area! We will also be running Classroom Workshops soon. Use the sign up form below to get exclusive updates from us.






About the Contributor

Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods is an MYP Design Technology teacher at the International School of Amsterdam; previous to that she was was the IT Director and an IT Integration Coach at Pechersk School International in Ukraine. She can also be seen on the TEDx stage in her talk, “Identity: Where Fear and Change Intersect in Education”. She is a member of the ECIS technology committeeand holds a Masters of Science in Education in K-12 Technology Integration.

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