Google Classroom is an essential tool for any teacher using Chromebooks or Google Drive as a teaching tool. On the surface, classroom is a simple tool, but with a little creativity and ingenuity it can do some awesome things!
I have scoured the web to compile this ultimate list of Google Classroom resources!
Whether you are just getting started with Classroom or are looking to go even further with it, this ultimate resource list has something for you!
If you find something useful, make sure you thank the creator!
Note: this is a really long, detailed blog post. I've created a really nice PDF version of this post that you can download here.
What is Google Classroom? Should I use it?
How does Google Classroom compare with Schoology? Moodle? Canvas? Google Sites? What exactly is Google Classroom?
- The Great EdTech Debate: Google Sites vs Google Classroom vs Blogger By Jeff Bradbury, Teachercast.net
- A Teacher’s Take: Canvas vs. Google Classroom By Misty Joaquin, posted to Canvas LMS blog
- Seesaw vs. Google Classroom: What's the Best Management App for Your Classroom? By Emily Major, Common Sense Media
- Apple Classroom Vs. Google Classroom By Jonathan Wylie, Jonathanwylie.com
- Video: comparing Google Classroom, Edmodo, and Moodle By Valerie Beilman, Plymouth Canton School, Michigan
Setting up your first Google Classroom
Brand new to Google Classroom? These resources will help you set up your very first class!
- Video: Setting up Google Classroom By Google for Education
- How to set up a Google Classroom By Jack Wallen, TechRepublic.com
- Google Classroom Quickstart guide By Matt Miller, DitchthatTextbook.com
Understanding the NEW Google Classroom
There are some BIG updates to Google Classroom for the start of the 2018 school year. Here’s what you need to know!
- Get ready for the NEW Google Classroom By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com
- Taking a Peak at the New Google Classroom By Alice Keeler, AliceKeeler.com
- Upcoming Changes to Google Classroom By Google for Education
- New 2018 Google Classroom Updates (Detailed overview) By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com
Posting to your Classroom
You can post three things to Google Classroom: announcements, questions, and assignments.
- Video: a fun way to use the announcement feature By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com
- Video: Adding content to the NEW Google Classroom By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com
Setting up Guardian Access
The guardian feature helps keep parents informed about the progress of their student. Check out these resources to setup and use this feature of Classroom
- Presentation: Guardian Access emails and notifications By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com
- Video: 2 key things to know about guardian summaries By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com
How to configure your Google Classroom notifications
Google Classroom can generate a TON of emails and notifications on your phone which can be quite overwhelming and annoying. These articles will show you how to manage them and tell you which ones to disable.
- Disable your Classroom Notifications By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com
- How to manage Google Classroom like a boss with notifications By Matt Miller, DitchthatTextbook.com
- Video: Managing Classroom Notifications By Travis True, True Techie Tips
Keeping Classroom Organized
You can post three things to Google Classroom: announcements, questions, and assignments. Here are some tips on using all three!
- Video: How to organize Google Classroom By John Sowash, ElectricEducator.com
- Podcast: How to clean up your digital Classroom By Jeff Bradbury, Teachercast.net
Teaching with Classroom
These videos and articles will give you suggestions and ideas for teaching content area skills with Google Classroom.
- Writing Instruction with Google Classroom By John Sowash - @jrsowash
- Google Classroom in elementary classrooms By John Sowash - @jrsowash
- Podcast: Coding lessons using Google Classroom By Jeff Bradbury, Teachercast.net
- 60 Ways to teach Math with Google Classroom By Alice Keeler, AliceKeeler.com
- 15 Ways to teach PE with Google Classroom, By Alice Keeler, AliceKeeler.com
Student Guides and Resources for Google Classroom
Don’t forget, your students will need some instruction on how to use Google Classroom! The guides below can be shared with students to help them get the most out of Classroom.
- Video: First day of Class! Introducing your students to Google Classroom By John Sowash - @jrsowash
- Video: How to teach your students to use Google Classroom By John Sowash - @jrsowash
- PDF: Parent and student guide to Google Classroom By Edbuzz.org
Templates for Google Classroom
Want to customize how your classroom looks? Check out these header templates!
- Classroom header template with instructions By John Sowash - @jrsowash
- Tie-Dye Classroom Header By Alice Keeler, @alicekeeler
- Video: Design your own classroom header By Brad Dale, @bradjdale
- Tips on creating your own header image By Kasey Bell, @shakeuplearning
- Student resource template By John Sowash - @jrsowash
- Free time activities listBy John Sowash - @jrsowash
- Finished early choices By Tanya Nugent- @tcbnugent
Get even MORE out of Google Classroom with these Chrome extensions!
Share to Classroom
This Chrome extension lets you push content into Google Classroom from anywhere on the web. You can also use it to push websites directly to student screens.
Students love stickers. Use the BitMoji Chrome extension like digital stickers to praise and reward students for their hard word! Install here
We use emoji all the time on our phones, why not on your computer as well? This Chrome extension gives you access to traditional emoji characters that you can use to express emotion or call attention to important notes and reminders. Use them anywhere you insert text. Install here
Use the Screencastify Chrome extension to record short videos that provide instruction, feedback, or tips. Recording a short video is far faster and more effective than writing out your instructions. Install here
Google Classroom Experts
Need help? Here are the people you can connect with to learn more and get help using Google Classroom
John R. Sowash - John is the author of the Chromebook Classroom and full time Google Education trainer. Twitter | Instagram | Blog | YouTube
Alice Keeler - Alice is the author of seven books including two on Google Classroom.
Twitter | Instagram | Blog
Kasey Bell - Kasey is a technology integration specialist in Texas, author of the Shakeup Learning
Twitter | Instagram | Blog
Paul Limpert - Paul is a high school Lacrosse coach who is using Classroom to communicate with his players. Twitter | YouTube
cross posted at electriceducator.blogspot.com
John Sowash creates useful resources for educators on his blog, The Electric Educator. John is the author of The Chromebook Classroom and founder of the Google Certification Academy. You can connect with John on Twitter (@jrsowash) and Instagram.