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I'm happy you all are interested in learning more about how to use Google Classroom. My name is Jeff Maxim. You can see some more about me here, if you're interested. Basically, I teach 6th grade in a pretty challenging area of NYC, and I'm really passionate about using technology in my classroom.

If you have any questions during or after today's presentation, feel free to email of Google Chat me at jeff@mrmaxim.org. You can Google Chat with me during class if you want!

Why is Google Classroom Important?
In the day-to-day life of a teacher, workflow is a huge issue. I'll use myself as an example to demonstrate. I have 120 kids that I teach everyday. That means everyday, I have to create an assignment on my computer, print it up, make 120 copies. Then, I have to collect those 120 copies back from my students, collate them into classes, grade all 120 of them. I then have to return those 120 copies to the students, hopefully have them revise their work, and resubmit that work to me. And, my example doesn't even include any supplementary materials I may provide to students, such as rubrics or readings to go along with my assignment. 

As you can see, this quickly becomes an overwhelming process! 

Google Classroom is important because it streamlines and reduces that workflow. 

Your first priority as a teacher should be to spend quality time with your students. If you're wasting huge amounts of time at the coping machine or locked in your classroom grading stacks of paper, you're wasting time that you could be spending with your students. Google Classroom reduces that teacher workflow so that you can have more time to spend with your kids, instead of wasting that time juggling papers.

How does Google Classroom Work?
Imagine yourself as a classroom teacher who wants to do a paperless assignment. That means your classroom will be just you, the students, the devices, and no papers. You've assigned students 10 vocabulary words to learn, and you want those students to write a short story that includes all 10 of those words in the story. They're going to write their stories on the computer, and then submit those stories to you. 

You might predict that there's some issues you're going to face. How are students going to submit that work to you? How are you going to grade and return that work? What if they want to revise their work and resubmit it to you? What if you want to provide students with a list of definitions to those words. How are you going to get that list to students? 

Google Classroom makes it much, much easier for teachers to push and get materials from students. Push means to digitally distribute materials to students in your classroom. Get is when students submit work to you digitally. 

Now, you could push materials to kids by emailing it to them. You could post links to that materials on a class website, like I often do. You could get materials from students by having them email it to you. They could make a Google Doc and share it with you. These methods can be clumsy, however, For example, if I have my 120 kids all email their work to me everyday, that can be an overwhelming amount of emailed assignments to sort through. 

Alright, Just Teach Me How to Use Google Classroom Already!
Google Classroom requires that you have a Google Apps for Education account (Feel free to ask me more about how these are different than regular Google Accounts). I've made 30 Google Apps for Education accounts for your UVA class. Here is the link you need to see the logins and passwords to those accounts.

Pick one of the usernames for yourself (it really doesn't matter which you pick, but you should probably make sure no one else uses yours). Then go to http://classroom.google.com. You'll get a screen that looks like this:


Click on the  "student" button in the bottom right of the screen. In the screen that follows, click on the "+" sign at the top, You'll be prompted for a class code. Enter 2gort3 In the next screen, you can take the tour if you want to. Otherwise, feel free to explore around. Click on whatever you want!

Now, I want to show you two example assignments that I think demonstrate a little of the potential of Google Classroom. One is a "structured assignment" which provides students with a lot of guidance, one is a "unstructured assignment" which gives students freedom to create whatever they want.

1) Structured Assignment
Scroll way down the stream feed to October 6th's History of Inwood Project assignment. Click on "Open". There's two tabs at the top of the next screen. "Your Work" is where you (and students) create your assignment and turn it in. "Instructions" provides students with support materials for the assignment. Remember the push and get thing we talked about before? In this assignment, I pushed out several documents to students, such as a rubric and an example of what their final essay should look like. I get the students' work when they turn it in through the "your work" tab.

Here's what students would do, and you can follow along with the same directions. Once they're on this screen:


Students will first click on the "create" button. Then, they'll click on "Document". A link should then appear on your screen for your document. When you click that link, you'll open up a brand new Google Doc. Students would type their essay in this document, and then click the "Turn In" button at the top of the document when they're finished.

If students click on the "Instructions" tab at the top of the Google Classroom page I've pictured above, they'll go to a screen that looks like this (you should try going to this screen too). 


Here is where students can click on the resources I've pushed out to them. There's a rubric, an example essay, a map of our neighborhood, and some basic background information for the project. Feel free to click on any of the students' resources.

If you were a teacher using papers in you classroom, you would print and hand-out all the documents in the "Instructions" tab. And students would hand-in everything they make in the "your work" tab.

If you want to, you can actually do this assignment! As a teacher, it's ALWAYS valuable to do whatever assignment you're asking your students to do. If I'm asking my students to write an essay, I'm going to write that essay myself, too. You can get the experience of being a student in my classroom by completing this assignment on Google Classroom. I may even grade it and return it to you!

2) Unstructured Assignment
Go back to the Google Classroom stream screen. The one that looks like this: 


Click on the most recent assignment, the one at the top of the screen, called "Sociology Vocab Project". On this assignment, I provided students with no rubric or examples. I told them they could create anything they want, as long as it shows they know the definition of the vocabulary word. With this freedom, students created some cool projects. Here's some examples of student work:
Again, feel free to use your account to actually do this assignment! It will give you a better feel for what students experience while using tech in the classroom. It will also help you anticipate any questions students might have while working on an assignment like this.

I get what student's do. Thanks, Jeff! But, what's it look like for a teacher?

Unfortunately, it's difficult to switch your account from a "student" account on Google Classroom to a "teacher" account. Since you selected "student" at the beginning, I will just show you what Google Classroom looks like for a teacher. If you want to actually log-in to Google Classroom as a teacher, you can scroll down to the "EXTRA CREDIT" section at the bottom of this webpage and follow the directions there. 

As a teacher, Google Classroom makes it really easy for me to collect the students' submissions. After students submit their work, I can see all of it on a screen that looks like this:


(If you click on this picture or any picture in this lesson, you can get a much bigger version). You see that teacher's get a view of each student in the class, when they turned in an assignment. I can enter student's grades all in one screen, and I can email those grades directly to students with just a couple clicks. I go return the work to the students with comments. Students can revise that work once I've returned it, and then they can resubmit it to me. 

If you have any questions about these teacher features, you should ask me! If it's after class, send me at email (jeff@mrmaxim.org). 

I learned a little bit about Google Classroom. Where can I learn more?
These are just some of the basics of Google Classroom. There's also some more features which I haven't gone into here. One of the nice things about using EdTech in your class is that there's tons of online resources to learn more about whatever you're trying to do in your classroom. Here's one GREAT resource to get much more detailed info about Google Classroom, and I highly recommend reading through all of the slides: http://tutorials.wonecks.net/2014/08/12/google-classroom-a-great-introduction/


EXTRA CREDIT
Now, if you've read through all this and you still want to keep exploring Google Classroom, here's some more stuff you can do...

1) Try logging in to Google Classroom as a teacher instead of a student
Like I said before, it's difficult to let you log-in to Google Classroom as a teacher, and it's even harder to show you what it might look like for a teacher with a full class of students. 

You can experience it a little bit if you go back to Google Classroom, log out of the mrmaxim.org username, and then log back in with this account:

username: charles@mrmaxim.org
password: mrmaxim1

Now, you can click around and explore what Google Classroom looks like for a teacher. 

A word of warning: if too many UVA student log-in to this account simultaneously, things will start to get a little buggy.

2) Try making your own Google Form
This isn't a part of Google Classroom, but is a way that many teachers use Google. For some teachers, Google Forms are their favorite way to use Tech in the classroom with their students. 


Students use these forms to complete their work in class.

The reasons many teachers love using Google Forms is that they can automatically grade students' submissions. After students submit their work, I get a readout that looks like this:


If you want to try making your own Google Form that can grade itself, here's a pretty good resource that will walk you through it.

3) Learn more about Google Apps for Education
What you've learned today is really just the tip of the iceberg for Google in Education. There's chromebooks and Google Sites, and a million creative ways that teachers are using Google in their classrooms. 


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