Creating your first Google Class
To begin, open Google Chrome and navigate to https://classroom.google.com/h.
Choosing the right internet browser
While Google Classroom is accessible in any web browser, the Google Chrome web browser is built to be compatible with all of Google's other apps. Therefore, some features may be incompatible or will not function correctly in other web browsers. Consider discussing with your school IT staff if Google Chrome is not installed on your computer.
If this is your first time opening Google Classroom using a Google Workspace for Education account, it will ask you to confirm your email account and then select whether to assign a teacher or student role to your account. Be sure to correctly select the teacher role, otherwise your account will be set up as a student account. You will not be able to create or manage Classes unless your role is a teacher in Google Classroom.
The following screenshot depicts the teacher role being selected:
Using a personal
@gmail.com account or a Google Workspace for Business account will not have the Pick your role page. Instead, all users will be able to create Classes in Google Classroom.
Another method of accessing Google Classroom is to use the app launcher. If the IT department has enabled this feature, click the waffle-shaped icon at the top-right corner of another Google app, such as Gmail, to see whether the Classroom icon is available.
This is illustrated in the following screenshot:
When you click on the + symbol, a menu will appear for you to select whether to create a Class or a join a Class. Click on Create class to create your first Class.
As a teacher, you can join another teacher's Class as a student by clicking on Join class and filling in the Class code. These instructions are covered in detail in Chapter 2, Inviting Students to Their Virtual Classroom.
A dialog box will appear, for you to name the Class and provide a section number. While the Class name field is mandatory, the Section number, Subject, and Room fields are optional. Depending on your school policies, specific Classes may already have section numbers that you can add here.
In Canada, many middle and high schools use section numbers for the timetable schedule, which is another option to fill in for this field. Since students will also see the section number, using the Timetable section number will be more applicable to them. While the Subject and Room fields can be helpful, these are not visible in Google Classroom by default.
Once these fields are filled in and the Create button is clicked, you will be taken to your new Class in Google Classroom, as illustrated in the following screenshot: