I was very excited about Google Classroom when it first came out and was one of the few that got access pretty early on. My Tech coordinator was intrigued as was I. I started to play with it and found I could not do everything I wanted to do:
- More than One Teacher
- Online Rubrics (Goobric)
- Comment on Documents when first created
- Add students outside my domain
I am happy to say that these issues have been fixed. It is not the robust LMS of something like Schoology but it really gets the job done very relative ease. Co-teachers can now both be in the class (as educators/admins) within Google Classroom under About (button is Invite a Teacher on the left-hand side).
My biggest pet peeve was that you could not add students outside your domain. Our district when creating our GAFE accounts decided to put students and adults in two different domains. So we had to have two accounts if we wanted to use Google Classroom. Thank goodness they have fixed this by allowing GAFE admins to add other GAFE domains to a whitelist.
Goobric now works with Google Classroom so all the online rubrics you created with Docotopus will now work with Google Classroom Assignments! YES!! Video on how it works.
Documents. Comment access is available as soon as the student opens the document for the first time. This is ideal when helping students in real-time.
Lastly, they recently added something that just blew my mind. How many times have you had issues with students copying down URLs and messing it up? Even if you used bitly or tinyurl or QR codes? I have so many times I have lost count. Now you can have your GAFE admin add the Share to Classroom Google Extension (How to add it to your domain globally). Of course you can have your students do it individually as well. This extension changed my life. You can push out pages to your students! From Google, “The extension allows you to push webpages to your any of your Classroom classes, so they open instantly on your students’ computers. With this extension, you can get your students on the right page, quickly and reliably every time. You can also post announcements, create assignments, or save webpages to post to Classroom later.”