Teachers can invite their students to join their class by sending them a message from The Student section in Classroom. If teachers don’t have Classroom available as a choice but want to communicate at scale with their students, they can: Create Contact groups to easily send emails and share documents. With Classroom, you can: Upload class materials, Assign and collect student work, and send announcements to your class. In Classroom, you can add the following to your assignment: Files, Links, Videos. When adding a Drive document to a Classroom assignment, you have the following options: Students can edit file, Make a copy for each student, and Students can view file. Students must turn in a document in Classroom in order to complete an assignment. – False. If a teacher creates a shared folder with a student, each file in that folder: Can be accessed by the teacher. Students can turn in Videos, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Images in the Classroom assignments. Two ways to provide feedback in Docs are: Comments and suggested edits

  1. Write an overall structure for your Classroom with a name and section
  2. Create a list for your about page: syllabus, class photos, introductory videos, and class rules.
  3. Write down your default rules for the Stream: purpose of the stream, What will be posted and who can post, how to encourage outcomes, and how to measure success
  4. Write down a list of the external resources you will be using, and how they will integrate with your classroom such as Khan Academy

With Classroom, you can use assignments to detail which activities in an external site students should complete, use the Share to Classroom button to give your students a recent news article that corresponds to a lesson, and link content from external sites directly into the Stream. You can include Introductory video, Class description, and Syllabus Links to the 3rd Party Sites about a page or uses a blog. A blog is a web page whose main content consists of posts listed in reverse date order. Blogger is Google’s platform and you can use the Blogger Getting Started Guide to get going. Some common setups that educators use include:

  • One blog with the teacher as the sole author
  • One blog with a team of teachers as authors (each team member can create posts)
  • One class blog that includes all students as authors,

Your blog can be public and searchable by Google, your blog can be unlisted so that people need the link to view it, and your blog can be private and you can invite specific people to view it. You can include Photos, YouTube video, Text, and Links to websites in a blog post.Y You can insert a comment and mention their email address with a +you to notify people of changes to a document Using the File > Email collaborators option. Drive has unlimited storage for G Suite for Education accounts.

A Google Site is made up of pages; the three main types you might use are plain Webpage, Announcements (blog page) and List Page. You can read a description of each page type here. Understand why you are making the site and what content will go on it. Ratios and proportions, types of media. Get people to know about your site through SEO and social media marketing. Before creating your Site, organize your structure in a page tree. Add pages and subpages as needed:

  • Welcome
  • Unit 1
    • Project A
    • Project B
  • Unit 2
    • Project A
    • Project B

Google Sites, like Drive documents, can be set by the user to be private or public. Using a Google Doc as a class syllabus. You can collaborate with a teaching partner to create a shared syllabus and you can share your syllabus with the world.  Use with a Google Sites URL because it creates a short URL that is easy for students to type into the address bar.

Students can put things on Google Drive, On YouTube, and In Google Photos. Google Slides are capable of transforming learning by enabling students to collaborate, share, and create interactive learning experiences that weren’t possible before. You can add a link to a form and instructions to guide completion of a creative piece of work to a slide to make it interactive. Offer choice, give authentic purpose and encourage collaboration which showcases greater depths of knowledge. Use Google slides among classmates to develop critical thinking and encourage greater depths of knowledge, It engages students for active learning rather than creating passive intakes of information. Interactive videos also allow viewers to follow instructions of a prompt within the video, answer critical questions, and access additional information. Interactive videos create a powerful learning experience in which the viewer actively participates. Educators are able to create a higher level of engagement with content and allow students to have ownership over the learning process, and provide access to additional content to further their learning

There are five different types of annotations to choose from: speech bubble, spotlight, note, title (can become a link), and label. Once you’ve chosen your annotation, you will have editing options underneath the Add Annotation button. This is where you can change the size, color, or background color of your text. Cards are an additional option for adding interactivity to your video. Cards are teasers that combine a title, image, and text for a different video or website at a designated time. If viewers click this teaser they are taken to the new video/website. Cards are basically the next level of annotations and they are optimized for tablet and smartphone users. What options in the YouTube Editor allow interactivity to be added to videos? Select all that apply. Annotations and cards. Cards can be accessed throughout an entire video. Labels, Speech Bubbles, and Spotlight of annotation all can be linked. A HyperDoc is an interactive Google Doc that guides students through innovative and inquiry-based learning lessons using directions, graphic organizers, links, and possible collaboration. The learning can be made to be self-directed, and students can work at their own pace. Check out how one teacher is using interactive Google Forms to differentiate the learning in her room in this blog post. Google Docs can be used to guide students through an interactive, self-paced learning activity. Google Docs, Slides, and Forms can be turned into an engaging and interactive learning experience by using: Links to other places in the file and Links to outside Google tools/resources. A differentiated learning path that meets the individual needs of students. Google Forms can be used for the following: A way to collect data, A ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ story, A differentiated quiz/review activity, and A guide for students as they work through an interactive learning activity.

As educators, we can access resources to bring teachers with a variety of experience levels together, allow teachers to utilize each others’ strengths and accommodate weaknesses,r increase the supply of ideas and resources, and create a community that reaches beyond the classroom walls. Two quality sources include the Khan Academy and Gooru. Gooru is a quality source that allows teachers to search a collection of user-created content for education. We can also watch a video explaining how the site personalizes content for students

Find Videos YoutubeEDU, Khan Academy, Gooru, LearnZillion, EDpuzzle, Zaption, and more! All of these organizations work to empower teachers to share their knowledge through video instruction and therefore enrich the classrooms of other teachers around the world. These resources made flipping possible. Social bookmarking can be helpful to allow teachers to see what other teachers are bookmarking, helps organize bookmarks, and makes it so a bookmark is never lost. Khan Academy offers users: Video-based instruction, Practice problems, The ability for teachers to assign content, and A way for teachers to collect student data. Gooru allows teachers to customize other teachers’ collections of resources.

Lesson characteristics such as interaction, Self-direction, Combining multiple apps (if helpful), and access to outside resources through links will increase student engagement? (Select all that apply.) Mr. James could create a HyperDoc that guides students through an activity, linking students to additional resources and activities as needed. What makes a Doc a HyperDoc? Links to other apps and Graphic organizers to organize thinking. Images and linked videos. Using Google Forms as ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ activities can be a little complicated the first time you do it. Your form has to have which of the following settings for this type of activity? At least one multiple choice or list question type and Page breaks.

Interactive videos are more powerful and engaging than static videos because they have the ability for students to interact with the content, access linked content, and have a choice in the learning process. Interactive slides can also shift students from consumers of information to creators of content. Use the Google Play Store to personalize student learning by sending content to students based on learning needs, sending level-appropriate books for readers, and sending content to specific groups or individuals.

Students can access information from around the world. Get ideas from Google+ Communities (that have the specific purpose of connecting educators) such as Connected Classroom and use Hangouts on Air to meet different people around the world. Connected Classrooms has a G+ page with past events that might inspire you to host a Hangout On Air of your own. Or perhaps one of the recordings would be great to share with your class. The Google+ Community, Mystery Location Calls, is also a great resource to see if someone would be able to do a mystery hangout with your class. This format makes students guess the location of the other class with yes or no questions.

Google Hangouts On Air are live publicly shared on your YouTube channel and Google+ page.

A video-based Google Hangout is not broadcast publicly, does not save, and is not visible to anyone outside of the participants.You need to have a Google account set up for Google Hangouts to work. One best practice for hosting a Google Hangouts On Air is Checking media permissions for student participants. All participants know how to join the Hangout, An outline or agenda for the Hangout, and A quiet location with good lighting makes for a successful Hangout? You can invite participants and other viewers and the recording is saved to your YouTube channel as well. You can find someone to connect with your class through Google+ communities such as Connected Classroom, Personal Learning Network, Friends, family, or acquaintances that have the right background, and people in your community.

Google’s Cultural Institute is a set of projects aimed to make the greatest cultural artifacts in the world accessible to all. It is comprised of the Art Project, Historical Moments, and World Wonders. The Art Project is an amazing collection of the world’s museums and galleries, all built on Maps. Historical Moments takes a unique look at significant human events in history through interactive stories comprised of documents, videos, and personal accounts. The World Wonders project brings to life the modern and ancient wonders of the world using Google Street View technology.

Google Maps – Searching for cities, countries, and street addresses is well known to Google Maps users. However, you can also search for key terms like “museums.” Once your search results come up you can filter by ratings that have been left by other Google Maps users. You can even find directions and traffic reports from a general area.

Google Trends – Keeping up with current events may be part of your class. If so, you can learn a lot about what’s happening by looking at what people are searching for. Google Trends is the perfect tool for this. Categories such as YouTube videos, charts, search terms, and even geographic locations highlight what is popular on the Internet. Change the location selector to see the world from a different point of view.

Google News – Google News brings you the latest news on topics from around the world – a great resource for debates, forensics, or just keeping up with what’s going on. Top news stories are listed and there are category filters for you to personalize your results to the topics that interest you.

Google Books – Sometimes your students may need to quickly reference part of a book that isn’t in your school library. Google Books allows you to search for books you may want to purchase or that are freely available on the Internet.

Google Finance – Economics and social studies courses may benefit from keeping abreast of the latest in financial news. You can also track the latest stock prices to update the rankings in the ‘stock market game’ that many high school students take part in. They can even create their own portfolio and see the latest news and research.

Google Alerts – Google Alerts brings the latest of the web right to you. You can set up custom search terms and whenever a website, blog post, or news article matches the phrase you’ve set up you will be alerted via email. Students sometimes use this to monitor their own digital footprint because they are alerted if their name ever pops up on the web.

ive basic practice tasks that can be found in places like A Google a day or Dan Russell’s search blog full of weekly search tasks, Search Research. Google Search Quest is quick protocol to insert at any time in your class.  They can range from an engaging game, exit ticket activity, class warm up, extra credit, or even a smaller portion of a larger assignment.  Below is a template that you can use to plan your search quests. You might find some of these resources helpful in planning your search quest. Start with the A Google a Day site for examples of engaging search tasks.


Title URL
A Google a Day
Search Research
Advanced Search Web Filters
Search Operators

Classroom teachers have a lot of files saved on their own computer and are unsure about Google Drive. Drive features such as Microsoft Office files can be uploaded and edited in Drive, resource documents saved as PDFs can be saved in Drive, and images and video files can be stored and shared in Drive. You are preparing for an after school session with teachers to train them on Google Docs. You’ve created a great ‘Getting Going Guide’ that you want them to have and keep for reference. Set the sharing setting for anyone with the link can view. Students are going to be working on a project together. The blue “Share” button is how you can add collaborators to a Google Doc. Under the File menu > “Share.”

Google Classroom – By utilizing Google Classroom in your training, teachers can participate as both instructors and students. This unique interaction allows teachers to become familiar with its functions and understand how it can be valuable to their students. Posting announcements, providing links to training materials, including assessments, engaging in two-way communication, and providing feedback, will model the effective uses of Google Classroom for teachers and inspire them to do the same in their own classrooms. Organize your training sessions in Google Classroom so teachers can experience the benefits of having a digital classroom. Organize alL training sessions in Google Classroom to use a Google tool that will easily transfer to classroom use and gives teachers personalized feedback during and after training sessions. Google Classroom helps to organize their work into folders. Some teacher can be reluctant to school or organizational leaders, resistant to change, lack confidence, and are apathetic.

Open up anAcademy- for educators in our entire district (2000+). We created or adapted challenges for most topics for Level 1, referred to the Google Training Center for most, and encouraged discussions amongst all members. We released them each Wednesdaymorning, followed by Twitter, Facebook, and email posts. 150 active members. We are up to 10 graduates GCE Level 1 as of today with many more on the way! Celebrate graduates within the Google Classroom and social media platforms. I think one of the most important parts of this has been the consistency of media blasts after the sessions have been posted in The Academy – weekly gentle reminders!


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