By Katherine Haulter
ELA Teacher, River Valley Middle School
For those teachers who are active (or new) Google Classroom users, there have been a number of new updates to the program in the last month. Here are a couple of new ways to make Google Classroom even more useful for you!
- New button options: The “add” button is now found in the lower, right-hand corner of your classroom page. New options include reposting a previous post and asking a question.
- Student Chat: Students now have the ability to chat with one another in Google Classroom. They see the same button option as previously mentioned, but only have the option to “create a post”.
- “Pin a Post to the Top”. Do you have a set of instructions that you want to stay at the top of your Google Classroom at all times (or for a while)? You can now pin this post to the top of your Classroom Feed by clicking on the three bullet-points next to the post and selecting, “Move to Top”.
- Mute a Student: You can “mute” a student’s ability to post in your Classroom Feed by clicking next to one of their previous posts and selecting, “Mute Student”. You are also able to return to that student and “unmute” him/her at a later time.
- Post directly from IXL: With the addition of IXL to our district learning cache, you are able to directly post IXL math and ELA assignments from the IXL website to your classroom. Simply go to IXL, click on the activity you want (for example, X.X.1: Working with Integers), and look at the right-hand margin of the page. By scrolling down, you will see the Google Classroom icon ( ) . Click on this, and you will have the option to select classes for each activity. These will automatically post in Google Classroom. (You can also do this with the Quizlet website!)
- Finally, do you ever come across a website that you would like to share with the students, without dealing with address issues/links? Try the “Share to Classroom” Chrome Extension for easy, seamless sharing with your classes!
For more on Google Classroom from the amazing Ms. Haulter, check out her presentations on Emaze.