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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


This chapter has gone beyond the basic features of Google Classroom and Google Meet we covered previously by exploring external factors that can improve teaching online. These strategies include setting better audio and video so that students can easily follow your lessons; setting a consistent lesson structure so that students can predict how the lesson will flow; structuring the content in Classroom so that it is easier to find; and considerations for online assessment. Many of these suggestions are only a starting point. As you take ownership of your online classes, your pedagogy will continue to evolve.

When in-person, there are many aspects of teaching and learning that we take for granted. If a student cannot hear the teacher, the teacher speaks louder; if a student is distracted with their phone, we can ask them to put it away or confiscate it; during exams, the classroom is a secure location. Transitioning to an online environment brings forth many challenges to...