If you’re a CCSD teacher or a teacher in an Google Apps for Education district, you have access to Google Classroom. While you’ll no doubt take a break from thinking about pedagogy for a few weeks, it’ll be good to consider using Google Classroom this upcoming year when you get around to planning.
Google Classroom is a learning management system (LMS). While it’s great K-12, it’s really effective in K-5 because it’s really simple for both teacher and student. A Google search will net your TONS of ways to integrate this into your classroom, but here are three tips you’ll get from us.
1. Plan for Two Years
If you foresee yourself teaching the same grade level or content for consecutive years, it might be good to plan for two classrooms at one time. The problem is that you can just wholesale copy a course from one year to the next currently. If you start thinking about it, you can plan for the next year while you’re planning for this year. All you need to do is create two classes NOW.
2. Use TOPICS always
Topics are categories for your posts. If you have experience with tags or hashtags, topics serve the same purpose. Because of the linear nature of Google Classroom, you’ll need the sanity that topics provide in order to keep your cool. You’ll be able to find things quickly in Google Classroom, but only if you use your topics all the time.
3. Use the Calendar
As a function of your Google Classroom, you’ll have a calendar created that will track your assignments and announcements. Your students will also have events added to their calendars as they are added to the classroom. This gives you (and your students) really cool abilities for conferencing and scheduling.