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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

Plug into the internet

If your school demographic is like mine, the majority of teachers and students have laptops at home. Fewer and fewer households have desktop computers at home. (Don't worry, I'm not about to recommend that you purchase a brand-new computer.) With more laptops than desktops at home, another common trend is to use Wi-Fi to connect computers to the internet. However, because Wi-Fi does not use a physical connection, it is susceptible to interference.

This interference can lead to slower connections and even lost signals. Furthermore, the more devices that are connected to the internet through Wi-Fi, the more each device has to share the data rate of the Wi-Fi signal. Therefore, to ensure that you have a more stable connection to the internet, you should connect your computer to the internet through a physical connection. Most internet service providers loan out internet routers, which have Ethernet ports in the back to physically connect devices: