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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

Pedagogy in an online class

Back in 2011, one of my university professors warned the class that the teaching profession will change throughout our careers and that one day, we may all be teaching in front of computer screens. Though I already had a passion for educational technologies, his message encouraged me to be thoughtful of what online teaching would look like years before the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to teach online.

Through exploring online platforms such as Moodle, to being able to teach various online courses in different formats, this section will talk about some strategies I learned while teaching online. These suggestions are based on my experiences and conversations with teachers in my professional learning communities. Not all these strategies will necessarily be adaptable to your pedagogy, but one or two may help make your online teaching experience easier.

Before diving into these strategies, there are some terms we must define. There are many different...