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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 11: Strategies for a Successful Online Class

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I taught courses where I had students in-person and online. When there was a spike in cases, all the students had to learn from home for a month. One of my students was apprehensive because of their poor online learning experience earlier in the pandemic.

However, when I reached out to this student a week into our online teaching, they cheerfully responded that my class felt no different, online or in-person. During a new term with students both online and in-person, several of my in-person students chose to attend online for the same reasons. These interactions with my students constantly reinforce my beliefs that online learning can be as effective as in-person learning, when the right tools are used.

The previous chapter outlined the various features within Google Meet. As with any tool, its effectiveness is reliant on the knowledge and experience of the wielder. Google Meet provides the means...