Saturday, October 19, 2019

Four Ways to Use Google Classroom in Your Classroom TODAY!

Let's talk about Google Classroom.

Have you tried it?
Do you use it?
Do you LOOOOOVE it??

If you answered no to any of these questions, maybe it's time to learn more about it.

My school became a 1:1 school about four years ago. However, if you don't have technology for every child in your class, that doesn't mean you can't use GC. Not at all! It still works great for center time even if you only have four or five computers and immediately fills one of your weekly center slots for any subject.

Just an extremely brief overview for those unfamiliar with GC. In a nutshell:
  • You make an assignment for your entire class, small groups, individuals, etc.
  • The students complete the assignment and turn it in to you digitally
  • You can check the assignment from anywhere that you are connected (including watching Netflix, in your pjs, with your feet up)
  • You can respond and leave feedback to the students digitally
  • You can share the finished activity with the student's parents via e-mail

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED using GC in my room. However, there was one problem, it could take much longer to grade than paper assignments with some of the activities! I found that the ones that were most beneficial to both my students and myself were when I assigned the following types of assignments.

1) Writing Assignments:
I loved these because the students standardized testing in the spring was all digital. They needed the practice learning to type and use the tools. I especially loved that I really could grade them from home in the evenings without taking stacks of paper home. I could be present with my husband, watching tv, and still take time to read and leave feedback to my students. This allowed my students to continue with their writing the next day with feedback from me.

2) Remedial or Enrichment Assignments:
I could assign links to my students for a teaching video to watch and then links to online games to play to practice a particular skill. If you haven't tried this, it is AWESOME and the students love it. You can assign individually or in small needs-based groups.  is a great one for games!

3) Digital Task Cards
I started making digital task cards to assign during centers. The only extra prep on my part was the response sheet. I found that this was much faster than having to open up each assignment and go through individual slides for drop and drag answers. The students loved the colorful digital task cards. You can see all of my digital task cards here. The best part is they are only $2 each!!

4) Google Forms
Using digital tests meant no more paper grading and students received a grade immediately upon completion. Our team started making these for everything! It really made looking at the data so easy. Instead of using valuable time grading, we were able to use that time to assess which students needed more instruction.  You can easily make your own tests.  Give it a try!

If you haven't tried Google Classroom, I strongly suggest you give it a try.  Seriously, your students will treat you like a ROCK STAR!

I have a Halloween Digital Task Card item in my store that is FREE for you to try out. It is a 4th grade level, but you will be able to get an idea of how Digital Task Cards work. Click here to see it.

I love making Digital Task Cards so there are new ones uploaded to my store often for each grade level 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. If you don't see what you need, please send me an email, and I will be happy to make what you need.
You can find all of my digital products by clicking here.

That's just...
My Kind of Teaching

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