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10 Things Google Classroom Makes Easier

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Google Classroom makes sharing Google Docs, Presentations, and Spreadsheets easier. While it is not a learning management system, it is a handy tool for any teacher using GAFE (Google Apps for Education.) In today's episode Alice Keeler, author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom updates us on the newest features. Alice says you can get set up in 12 minutes! From math class to history, you'll learn something new. Listen Now.

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Essential Questions:10 More Things You Can Do Easier in Google Classroom

  • What is Google Classroom?
  • What are some of the things you can do with it?
  • How do assignments work?
  • What is the lesson workflow in Google Classroom?
  • How can you give feedback to students while the work? (formative assessment tips)
  • What does Google classroom NOT do?
  • What are some examples of how Google Classroom is being used by teachers today.

Educator Resources from this Episode

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Lindsay February 4, 2016 - 12:47 pm

Hi Vicki,

I am new to your site and I’m very excited to have found you as a resource!

My district is “going Google” next month. It’s always helpful to hear about the different things that can be done with GAFE. However, I am a first grade teacher. I am fairly new at trying to put technology in the hands of my students. Honestly, it has been a challenge finding tools that feel developmentally appropriate for my students and aren’t too complicated for me manage in a whole-class setting. I see that you are a Google certified teacher. Any tips on how I can utilize GAFE with primary grade students? Or is there a resource of some sort you can point me toward to help me in my plight to integrate more technology in the primary grades? Your insight would be much appreciated!

Vicki Davis February 5, 2016 - 7:45 pm

I know one of these math links is for primary education. I’ll see what I can turn up.


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