Tips for Teachers
1. Watch this video on the Plano ISD district expectations for the use of Google Classroom. (Also embedded on the Getting Started page).
2. Access Google Classroom via the Webdesk app.
Google Classroom Notifications
Google Classroom now has a more detailed filtering system that you can use to block some, but not all e-mail notifications. Please know that changing this setting for ANY class changes it for ALL classes. However, you now have the ability to select which classes you'd like to be notified about. See below.
Click the "hamburger" (3 horizontal lines) to open the drop-down menu.
The settings menu option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
If your choice slider (on the right) is turned off, you will not receive ANY e-mail notifications. Click the button to change the setting to receive notifications. Suddenly you have many choices as to which kinds of e-mail notifications you want to receive from Google Classroom.
Tips for New Grading Period
- including naming convention tips, what to do with old topics, and a table of dates and corresponding week names for guidance.
Google Meet is now integrated with Google Classroom!
See our Google Meet page for a video.
Guardian email summaries (for teachers): https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6386354
Also, see instructions in the "Guardian Summaries" image below.
Follow the directions here: https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6388136?hl=en
Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-XPMUeobvY
Securing your Google Classroom
To avoid uninvited guests, be sure you:
- Secondary Teachers
- invite students from within the People tab rather than posting classroom codes. For example, you can copy the invite link and email it to your students (Grades 6-12 have email).
- you can also post the class code to their backpack in Webdesk
- Elementary Teachers
- post the class code to their backpack in Webdesk
- if you do post classroom codes, be sure it's in a secure location that is not published for public viewing.
- disable or reset class codes in Class Settings after your students have joined.
- change the Stream setting in Class Settings to "Only teachers can post or comment" if students are posting unwanted comments.
- Secondary Teachers
Google Classroom Support page - Answers to all your questions!
Creating a Google Classroom Assignment with a Template
When creating an assignment, attach a template that students can open and edit. After you attach the template (in this case it's a Google Doc) to the assignment, you'll need to be sure to select "Make a copy for each student". When they open the assignment, their name will appear next to the document title. When you are ready to grade, you can click on the "Google Drive folder" from within the Google Classroom to see a nice list of the documents with the student's names.