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Google Classroom Quick Tips

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Google Classroom is a blended learning platform for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.

How to Use:

  1. Sign in through click teacher Google Apps for Education username and click Next. Remember: Your Google Apps for Education username looks like myname@myschool.edu.
  2. Teachers can accept an invitation to teach a class by navigating to Classroom directly or by clicking the link in the email invitation.  
  3. Click add at the top of the page and click Create class. Enter the class name in the first text box.
  4. Click the class you want to add students to.
  5. At the top, click Students.
  6. Click Invite.
  7. Check the box next to the students you want to invite or check the Select all box to invite all the students listed.
  8. To see other contact lists, click My contacts.
  9. To see all the students in your school’s domain, click Directory. You can also search for a student by name in the search box.
  10. Check the box next to any additional student you want to invite.
  11. Click Invite Students.
  12. Enjoy!

Tips and Benefits:

  • Easy setup—Teachers set up a class, invite students and co-teachers, and then share information—assignments, announcements, and questions—in the class stream.
  • Less time and paper—The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to manage student work quickly, all in one place. 
  • Better organization—Students can see assignments on the Work page, in the class stream, or on the class calendar. All class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive.
  • Enhanced communication—Teachers can create assignments, send announcements, and start class discussions instantly. Students can  share resources with each other and interact in the class stream or by email. 
  • Works with apps you use—Google Forms, Calendar, Gmail, Classroom share button to share from other websites, etc. 
  • Affordable and secure—Like all other Google Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free.

Sources:

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/?hl=en#topic=6020277

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Explanation of iMovie

There are many times in a class in which you may want to have students create a video. IMovie is a useful tool for this. It allows students to pull in videos, sound, and photos from the internet (as long as they have a way to download the video) along with videos taken on the iPad or computer. Videos can be cut and shortened to wanted lengths, and audio can be adjusted, deleted, or added. Finished videos can be exported by email or to youtube in order to share them. They can also be saved in the iMovie theater.

When working on a video, a student can drag around different pieces of a video to different places in the finished ‘movie.’ Clips taken on the iPad or downloaded can be cropped and shortened. Audio can be detached and removed, which can be very useful. For example, if you want to hear music instead of someone’s voice, you can take out the voice and add in the music. A student can also add text over a video, whether it is for a title or a label in the corner of the video. Video clips can also be sped up and slowed down as needed.

If students need to compile interviews, or make a reenactment to a project, iMovie is the perfect tool. Using iPads with iMovie, you could have a class project for students to make videos in small groups in order to reinforce taught topics.

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Tools to Make Learning Easier – Google Classroom

With a computer in every classroom and access to one for every student at school and at home, Google Classroom provides a way for teachers and students to stay on the same page, encouraging learning and effective teacher-student communication. The video illustrates just how simple and helpful Classroom is for a student, from receiving the email to join the classroom to viewing assignments and due dates to emailing teachers and classmates with questions.

*For safety and legitimacy reasons, there is no way for a student or someone outside of a school or official organization to make a “classroom” (thus, this video focuses mainly on how Classroom looks to a student).

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