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Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

As so many of us schools are having to move quickly to Google Classroom, Alice Keeler sat down with me recently to do what we're calling a “duo demo.” She played the role of the teacher and I played the role of the student as we shared what various actions look like on both sides of the dynamic relationship between students and teachers in Google Classroom. (The original live stream is here.)

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We screen shared for about 2 1/2 hours but I clipped this down to smaller bites and separated it by topic so that educators around the world can use these for onboarding students and teachers.

The Purpose of Duo Demos and Background

How to Add a Background to Zoom

Benefits of Onboarding Students Ahead of Time (if Possible)

How to Share Google Classroom Files Between Teachers

How a Student Joins a Google Classroom (Student and Teacher Duo Demo)

How to Set Classroom Settings in Google Classroom [Teacher]

How to Remove Someone from the Class

How to Organize Your Class, Take Attendance, and Clearly Communicate [Duo Version]

This is a longer video but definitely a basic that everyone getting started should watch. It teaches how to organize your topics so that students can find their files, how to take attendance (and connect with students while you do), a discussion about due dates, and how to teach students to find files and respond. This is a must-watch.

* How to organize your topics
* Assignments for the Day
* How to take attendance
* A quick tip about how to connect with students
* Some notes about the time an assignment is due.
* What the stream is for
* Why the classwork tab is so important
* How a student turns in the assignment
* Handing back work with comments
* Why you should grade as you go (and not wait)

How to Mark Yourself Present [Student Version Only]

9 – How to Move Around in Google Classroom and Communicate through Private Comments [Duo]

9b – How to Find Things in Google Classroom [Student]

10 How to Upload YourZoom Videos to Google Classroom


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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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Tammy Miller April 19, 2020 - 11:13 pm

I am doing all I can to try to figure out how to do the online instruction. I have trouble trying to remember all the steps because I have a learning disability much like our kids. I refuse to give up, so please trust that I will eventually catch on, only at a slower pace.

Vicki Davis May 27, 2020 - 7:51 pm

Keep on keeping on.


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