Unit 2: Google Classroom Projects & Assignments
The learner will be able to define Google Classroom and identify the benefit of using Google Classroom in the music room. In Unit 1 you learned about Google Sites. During this Unit you will learn about Google Classroom, which has additional benefits. I like to use my Google Site page as a place for my students to find resources that are helpful: Lesson Groups, Lesson Schedule, Musicians to Listen to, and much more. With Google Classroom, I can interact with my students and provide them with assignments, take polls, and have them be more engaged in the band program. In this Unit, I will show you how to get started!
Why should I use Google Classroom?
Google Classroom saves time and paper and your kids will love using it! It is easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate with your students, and stay organized. You can see who has joined and who has completed work. It also allows you to provide feedback right in Google Classroom.
- Easy setup—Teachers set up a class, invite students and co-teachers, and then share information—assignments, announcements, and questions—in the class stream.
- Less time and paper—The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to manage student work quickly, all in one place.
- Better organization—Students can see assignments on the Work page, in the class stream, or on the class calendar. All class materials are automatically filed into Google Drive folders.
- Enhanced communication—Teachers can create assignments, send announcements, and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other and interact in the class stream or by email.
- Works with apps you use—Classroom works with Google Docs, Calendar, Gmail, Drive, and Forms.
- Affordable and secure—Like all other G Suite for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free.
Features of Google Classroom
Google Classroom provides many features and benefits that can save time and keep you & your students to collaborate and communicate. It provides many features and benefits that help save time while giving instruction and with grading or creating assignments.
Several of these features allow teachers to do the following:
- Create Quick Exit Tickets & Polling
- Customize Assignments
- Grade Quickly & Easily
- Provide Real-time feedback
- Create & Manage Class Discussions
- Share Content (Videos, Links, Images)
For a full list of features please visit this site: Classroom features and benefits
Google classroom can be accessed across the web from any device with a web browser. This makes it easy for us teachers to monitor student progress and allows students to access their school work using the app at home to complete tasks & assignments.
Creating Your Google Classroom
Now that you've gained some knowledge about google classroom and learned how to utilize it in your classroom, it is time to create your very own Google Classroom Page.
Step 1: View this page for specific information on signing in to your Google Classroom:Signing in for the 1st time Remember that you must have a google email account to access all of the google apps, such as classroom.
Step 2: Create your 1st Class
- Click on the plus sign (+) in the upper right hand corner of the page and clickCreate Class.
- Type in your Class Name, section if you have one, and click create.
- Your first class has been created!! Now what...?
Step 3: Add your students
- There are two ways that you can add your students: add them yourself or provide your students with your class code.
- On the left hand side of the page is a tool page, find where it says "Class Code."
- This code is what you will share with students so they can join.
- Post the class code on the board in your classroom or include it on a letter home to parents.
- E-mail the students in your class the code for them to access the class page.
- Invite the students in your class to accept the class invitation. (This is the method that I chose to use)
Step 4: Post a welcome announcement to your students
- Feel free to browse around the Google Classroom page and personalize, post an assignment and play around to get immersed in the world of Google Classroom.
* Answer the following questions below and then view the video.
- Describe what Google Classroom is.
- Identify and describe how Google Classroom could be beneficial for your music class or ensemble.
Google Classroom 101 Video: How to Create Your Google Classroom
- Do any of your musical co-workers use google classroom?
- Do the features help you understand how easy google classroom could be implemented in your teaching environment?
- Are there any general education co-workers that use google classroom and are there any things that they do that you can implement into your music classroom?
Once you have read through & completed Unit 2 tasks, move on to Unit 3: SMARTboard Interactive Lessons.
- Home Page: Blended Learning in the Music Classroom
- Unit 1: Google Sites for the Music Room
- Unit 2: Google Classroom Projects & Assignments
- Unit 3: SMARTboard Interactive Lessons
- Unit 4: GarageBand Help
- About Classroom (n.d.). Retrieved December 14, 2016, from https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020279?hl=en
- Classroom features and benefits. (n.d.). Retrieved December 14, 2016, from https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6376881?hl=en
- Classroom 101. (2014). Retrieved December 14, 2016, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K26iyyQMp_g
- Common questions about Classroom. (n.d.). Retrieved December 14, 2016, from https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6025224?hl=en