Google Classroom is a tool that helps easily organize the workflow of a blended learning environment. Students can complete assignments, collaborate on projects, and access classroom materials anytime. Google Classroom can help a teacher create a student-centered, self-paced environment for students of all ages. Google Classroom helps organize classroom calendars, student projects, classroom resources, and individual or group assignments. Teachers will have the ability to provide instant feedback, create collaborative material, and share resources with students, parents, and colleagues. This course outlines the basic principles of setting up and utilizing the features of Google Classroom in a variety of settings.
Contect Hours: 5
- Create and implement the use of Google Classroom to share files with students or colleagues.
- Utilize new forms of a digital classroom that may not be possible in a traditional classroom atmosphere.
- Articulate the benefits of providing digital content for students, parents, and colleagues.
- Video: Google Classroom: Mission control for students and teachers
- Video: Google Classroom Tutorial
- Website: 100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators
- Article: Google Classroom is Not an LMS. It’s Better
Google Classroom is a great way to control the workflow between students and teachers in a blended learning environment. Using your Google Apps for Education accounts, Google Classroom makes sharing documents, links, and calendars easy, and accessible. Collaboration and feedback become instantaneous, and a useful tool for helping meet students where they need it, and when they need it. As you view the resources listed below, consider:
- How are my students receiving class materials from me now?
- How am I providing feedback for my students as they complete classroom tasks?
- When am I communicating with my students to give instructions for assignments, or when they have questions?
- In what ways could access to classroom material increase the productivity of my students?
- How can Google Classroom be used to allow students to participate in my classroom in ways that were not previously available?
- Video: 5 Google Classroom Tricks You Will Want to Know
Choose one of the following assignments to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course. Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.
Choice 1: Interview
In a written or recorded interview, have a student explain how Google Classroom has or will change the way they are learning. Specifically include ways that Google Classroom has helped fix a problem or problems that were previously happening in a traditional classroom setting, as well as how students are able to participate in the classroom in ways that was not happening prior to the use of Google Classroom. Explain how Google Classroom has changed the learning experience for both the student as well as the teacher. Include any other items that may be pertinent to the topic of Google Classroom use for increasing student comprehension.
Choice 2: Lesson Plan
Submit a lesson plan that includes a Google Classroom activity that would be used in your classroom. The lesson plan should include:
- The definition of the intended audience
- Student learning targets
- Classroom and activity procedures and expectation
- Any assessments that would be used
Make sure the Google Classroom is part of the lesson and not the sole reason for the lesson, as technology use is a tool for learning, and not the intended outcome.
In addition to the lesson plan, include:
- A summary of the intended purpose of the Google Classroom activity.
- An explanation of how Google Classroom will be used to replace or enhance traditional activities.
- A specific explanation of how Google Classroom will be used to help students reflect upon their learning and how it can be used as a tool for sharing information between teacher and students, as well as parents/guardians.
Choice 3: Screencast
Create a 3-5 minute tutorial explaining how Google Classroom could be used to teach a unit or module in the classroom. Submit a screencast (using one of the many free screencasting apps available in the Chrome Web Store, like Nimbus, Screencastify, Screencast Recording, etc.), to explain the features of Google Classroom, how digital learning could replace or enhance traditional activities, and other applications for classroom use.
- How can Google Classroom be used to improve the instructional practices that are currently taking place in your classroom?
- How can Google Classroom allow new instructional practices to be implemented in your classroom that are currently not available to you?
- Exit Ticket – Show what you know!
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