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Teaching with Google Classroom - Second Edition

By : Michael Zhang
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Teaching with Google Classroom - Second Edition

By: Michael Zhang

Overview of this book

Google Classroom is designed to help you manage and deliver online and in-person courses in an interactive manner. Using Google Classroom saves time organizing and communicating information to students and parents. This updated second edition of Teaching with Google Classroom covers the modern features of Google Classroom that meet the current needs of online teaching. The book is written from the high-school perspective but is applicable to teachers and educators of all age groups. If you’re new to Google Classroom or an experienced user who wants to explore more advanced methods with Google Classroom, this book is for you. With hands-on tutorials, projects, and self-assessment questions, you’ll learn how to create classes, add students to those classes, send announcements, and assign classwork. The book also demonstrates how to start an online discussion with your students. Later, you’ll discover how you can involve parents by inviting them to receive guardian emails and sharing Google Calendar with a URL. This will help them to view assignment deadlines and other important information. The book goes step by step through all the features available and examples of how best to use them to manage your classroom. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to do more with Google Classroom, managing your online or in-person school classes effectively.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started
Section 2: The Basics
Section 3: Diving Deeper
Section 4: Going Digital

Chapter 8: Keeping Parents in the Loop

Google Classroom shines when it comes to organizing information between the teacher and students. However, parents and guardians are important stakeholders in this communication too. Google Classroom can send email summaries to parents invited as guardians within Google Classroom. This method must be enabled by the school or district's IT department. If your school or district uses another method of communication with parents, they may leave this feature disabled because of its inherent security risks. (For example, my current school employer disabled Google Classroom's guardian emails so that emails can undergo a verification process within an in-house system.)

If your school does not allow guardian emails, by using Google Calendar, you are still able to inform guardians about important due dates from Google Classroom. Back in Chapter 1, Getting to Know Google Classroom, I mentioned that each class created in Google Classroom has...