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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

Engaging students within Google Meet

As students join, Google Meet will choose a layout that automatically shows up to nine participants until you switch to a sidebar layout, where the currently speaking participant is shown. However, you can customize the layout between Auto, Tiled, Spotlight, and Sidebar. Google Meet will save your preferences for subsequent meetings.

To change the Meet layout, use the following steps:

  1. Click on the kebab menu and select Change layout:

    Figure 10.21 – Change layout option in the kebab menu

  2. Click the radio button of the desired layout:

Figure 10.22 – Change layout dialog box

In the Change layout menu, you can adjust the number of participants to display on the screen. Whenever there are more participants than the maximum tiles to display, only the most recent tiles who spoke during the meeting will be visible. When managing my online classes, I change this setting to the highest possible number...