Google Classroom FAQ – Your Most Common Questions ANSWERED!
Google Classroom is more popular than ever!
Many teachers are searching for help and tips, so I decided to put together a Google Classroom FAQ – your most common questions answered, based on the questions I receive from teachers.
I see the same questions asked over and over again, so I hope this page is helpful to educators looking for help with Google Classroom.
I will continue to add more questions and answers to this page.
What questions do you have? Please leave a comment!
Below are the most commonly asked questions about Google Classroom.
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G Suite for Education. Google Classroom is an app, both web and mobile. Google Classroom is NOT a term for using various Google tools IN the classroom.
The Google Classroom application is designed to help teachers and students communicate and collaborate, manage assignments paperlessly, and stay organized.
If you are new to Google Classroom, we highly recommend you grab a copy of the Google Classroom Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students, or enroll in The Google Classroom Master Class.
About Classroom user accounts.
Note: Parents and guardians can’t access Classroom or their child’s assignments due to privacy laws. Guardians can receive email summaries if their child’s teacher allows it. For more information, see About guardian email summaries.
- If you need to edit the assignment, you will have to edit each assignment in each class individually.
- You can’t post to individual students across multiple classes at the same time. Posts to multiple classes are shared with all students in the classes.
This is a MUST-HAVE Google Skill. Learn more here.
Students can view file—All students can read the file, but not edit it.
Students can edit file—All students share the same file and can make changes to it.
Make a copy for each student—(For Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides only) Students receive an individual copy of the file that they can edit. The student’s name is automatically added to the document title. When a student turns in the assignment, the teacher sees the file labeled with the student’s name.
- Once you click assign, you cannot edit these options. If you choose the wrong option, or simply change your mind, you will have to delete the assignment and start over.
Slip-in-Slide add-on to insert slides into multiple student presentations at once.
You can learn more about all of the Class settings here.
How do I put my worksheet in Google Classroom?
Usually, this question REALLY means, how do I put a PDF inside Google Classroom so my students can write on top of it.
Keep in mind that sometimes it is actually more difficult and not worth the time and energy to try to digitize a paper worksheet.
Before you attempt to do this, ask yourself:
- Will this worksheet help the learning stick?
- Is this worksheet better than hands-on learning?
- Is this worksheet better than discussion?
- Is this worksheet better than engaging students in new ways? — That’s why you use technology! Not to save paper or digitize your old stuff. Technology is a tool that allows us to create new learning experiences for students that weren’t previously possible.
First, save your PDF to Google Drive.
- Go to drive.google.com
- Click on the “New” button.
- Then choose “File Upload.”
- Navigate to where you saved your PDF file on your computer and upload it to your Drive.
PDF Editing on Laptops and Chromebooks:
Once you’ve uploaded it to drive, you will need to use a PDF editor so that your students can work on the PDF. Most educators use KAMI. It is designed to integrate with Google Classroom.
Next, choose a PDF editor and make sure your students have access.
There are several PDF applications that allow you to edit, even draw on PDFs that are also compatible with Google.
Kami – The Kami Chrome extension and Drive App is probably the number one recommended PDF editor in the education space. I know many schools that use it. It is freemium, meaning you can use some features for free, and it integrates beautifully with Google Classroom.
DocHub is another application that some teachers use to edit PDF documents and save them to Google Drive.
A quick search will also help you find alternatives, but these are the two most recommended by educators.
Once you have installed the Kami or DocHub extension (and it is installed for students), they will be able to mark-up and write on the PDF with that extension on their laptop or Chromebook.
Don’t forget to assign it in Google Classroom and attach the PDF from Drive.
PDF Editing on Mobile
Did you know there are some features in Classroom that are ONLY available on mobile (iOS and Android)?
One of my favorite mobile features is the ability to annotate and draw on documents. These can be PDF documents, Google Docs, Microsoft Word Docs, JPEG, or GIF files.
This feature is great for many types of assignments and learners, as well as teachers.
Students can use this to draw a response, annotate on text, label an image, and more.
Teachers can use this to give meaningful feedback to students.
Give it a try! Here are the step-by-step directions on iOS and Android.
Tips for using Forms quizzes with Classroom
How do I manage email notifications?
Students and teachers can customize their notifications. All notifications can be customized in your settings.
Go to the main menu (3 lines in the top left corner).
Select “Settings” at the bottom of the menu.
Scroll down to the bottom and click the drop-down arrow to see all of your notification options for each class. Toggle them on and off to fit your needs.
Can parents have access to my Google Classroom?
Parents can receive guardian emails with information about their student’s classwork.
You can only add guardians for students using Classroom with a G Suite account, not a personal account. For details, go to About Classroom user accounts.
When guardians join Classroom, they receive regular, automatic email summaries for each of their students. Guardians choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.
Guardian email summaries include:
- Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
- Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
- Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
By default, email summaries for your classes are turned off. Learn how to turn on and manage guardian email summaries for your class. Guardians can’t access Classroom or view your class stream.
For more information, check out the Guardian Summaries FAQ.
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