In today’s digital age, of the various online teaching tools available, Google Classrooms has emerged as a favourite among teachers globally. Here are some tips to help you leverage Google Classrooms to create an enriching experience for your students.
Create virtual classes
Google Classroom allows you to create a different virtual classroom for each of the classes you teach. You can either add your students to their class manually or send out your unique class code generated by Classrooms, which your students can use to join your class.
Create, Store, and Share Class Materials
Google Classroom allows you to share learning materials and resources in a variety of formats such as documents, videos and images with your students. Since Google Classrooms is integrated with other G-Suite products such as Docs, Forms, and Drive, this process becomes very easy and you have the option to both create your own content and curate materials off the internet for your learners.
Google Classrooms offers an announcement feature that helps you broadcast important notices to all your students.
Google Classrooms helps you gauge the effectiveness of your online teaching by helping you create richer e-assignments by allowing for the use of diverse multimedia resources not just in your questions, but by also letting your students respond in a variety of formats such as images, audio-clips, video, etc. depending on the guidelines you set.
You can also grade your students’ submissions within Google Classrooms. Not only does it store grades, but it also allows you to share constructive feedback through comments on their work. In the case of objective type questions, Google Forms does the grading for you automatically, saving you a lot of time and effort.
Google Classroom makes it easier than ever to practice differentiation. Firstly, it enhances the ease of formative assessment as it lets you quickly create, distribute, grade and analyse digital exit-slips or assignments. Thereafter you can curate and share resources with specific students as per your assessment of their needs. You can also check in with the child privately to see if s/he requires more support. The online environment helps you differentiate in a less conspicuous manner, so children don’t feel singled out.
Integrate apps to create a holistic learning experience
While integration with other G-Suite apps is inbuilt into Google Classrooms, it also allows you to integrate a wide range of other apps such as Newsela, Quizlet, Khan Academy, etc. By thus linking in a wide range of experiences, it helps make your classroom a truly holistic digital learning space.
Communication with parents
Google Classroom lets you send out updates to parents about their child’s classwork should they opt to receive email summaries about upcoming work, missing assignments or other class announcements.
Google Classroom is an online teaching tool par excellence, which if leveraged right, helps create a truly outstanding learning experience.
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