Whenever you find yourself creating many copies of an object, whether they are all the same or have slight differences, it sure is nice when you have the option to preset as many settings as you can to help streamline the creation process. With Google Forms, now we have the ability to preset several options that will apply to all future forms that are made.
To access, create a new Google Form or open a pre-existing one. From the main screen, locate the traffic light icon (or the 3 Oreo’s, if you want to stick with Google’s food theme), and at the bottom of the drop-down menu find the new Preferences option. From the Preferences window you can preset the following settings:
- Always collect respondents email address
- Always make questions required
- Always assign a default quiz point value
For me, I tend to use Forms for assessments and making sure that I collect email addresses from my students automatically is essential. I also love the Make questions required default as I was caught by this one on more than one occasion last school year when some students were turning in their assessment without having answered all the questions. However, I did use these as teachable moments to have a discussion about taking the time to review one’s answer choices before submitting.
If you’d like to see more options added to the preferences panel, then don’t forget to leave Google feedback using the ‘Report a problem’ tool located in the bottom-right corner of the Forms editor under the question mark icon.
Google Classroom is a pretty cool app in itself. But, when you realize that Classroom also plays nice with many other applications and websites, allowing educators to integrate even more tools into their teaching and learning, its coolness factor increases exponentially. Over the summer Google welcomed four additional apps to their #withclassroom family: Quizizz, Edcite, Kami, and most recently Additio. For those of you who are working to integrate coding into your programs, Tynker is already part of the family with Code.org coming soon! To see the full list of apps that integrate with Classroom check out their page on the Google for Education website.
Once a class gets going, there is a great deal of information that moves back and forth between teacher and student. Google has made it easier to keep track of all this communication for both teachers and students with the new single view of student work.
Single View for Teachers
Navigate to the Student tab where the roster of students is displayed. Clicking on any student will open the single view screen for that student, displaying a list of all of the assignments that you have currently assigned and the status of each for that particular student. In addition to the name of each assignment and its due date, this view shows information on:
- The number of attachments in each assignment.
- The number of private comments that have taken place between you and the student.
- The current status of each assignment.
You can use the filter tools to the left of the window to only show assignments of a certain status (turned in, returned with grade, or missing). Unlike the To-Do tool (formerly called ‘Work’) which showed the status of student work by assignment, this view gives teachers an overall picture of the status of each student.
Single View for Students
Navigate to the About tab in a class. Note that the shortcuts to the Google Drive folder and the two Calendar views for the class have been moved to a box in the top-left corner of the page. A new tool has been added called ‘Your work.’ Clicking on this will open the single view screen and list all of the assignments that have been posted. Much of the information displayed in the teacher single view is also available in the student single view, including filters to show assigned, returned with grade, and missing. Students can also access this screen from the Classroom home screen by clicking on the icon in the bottom-right corner of each class card. When paired with the ‘To-Do’ tool which gives an overall view of their academic responsibilities across all of their classes, these two views provide students multiple ways to check and evaluate their status in each of their classes.
Single View for Mobile Devices
Where the single view really shines is for accessing this information on a mobile device. While students can access their To-Do tool from the Classroom mobile app, there is no tool for teachers. And as I stated above, the the single view for both teachers and students provide a wealth of information and filtering options even on the mobile device.
First Google improved the communication between Google Forms and Classroom so that, when a student submitted the Form they would see an option to TURN IN the assignment (more info. here). Then Google introduced the “Quiz” feature to Google Forms with point values, pre-written feedback options, and the ability to decide when student grades would be released to them. Now, Classroom and Forms are shaking hands once again, allowing us to important grades from a quiz-enabled Form directly into a Classroom assignment.
- When you add a Google Form to an assignment in Classroom using the Drive icon, a note and toggle switch will appear at the bottom of the window. The note explains how your Google Form quiz will be configured in order for grade importing to be carried out successfully.
- Once the assignment has been posted, students have submitted their answers, and their responses have been assessed then you are ready to import the grades into Classroom.
- Open the assignment, and in the top-right corner click on the IMPORT GRADES button.
- Importing grades in this fashion will overwrite any grades previously entered.
- If you neglected to enable grade importing before posting the assignment, then you can still use the traffic light icon (i.e. 3 vertical dots) to ‘Edit’ the post and turn on this feature.
Because this feature was announced literally just yesterday I haven’t had time to go through the process yet with one of my classes. However, I do have an assessment ready to go and will be posting it later today. And then, we’ll see what happens!
Please refer to the Google Education Help Article and look under the Grade and return an assignment to a student section for more information.
I’ll admit it, I love being organized…a lot. And when it comes to Google Classroom there is no exception. I like my class cards setup so that they are in the order that my classes run at the start of each week. This meant creating my classes in reverse order so that the last class that I made would be listed first on the Classes screen. If I made a mistake then, oh well. That is, until now!
At your Google Classroom homescreen (called Classes), you will see the cards for all of the classes you’ve either created or joined. Click anywhere on a card to drag it to its new location.
Students can reorder their class cards too, so that they are no longer locked into the order in which they join their classes each term.
At the start of each new term I create a new class in Google Classroom and then copy the class code to paste it into a Google Slides deck. This way, when students arrive for our first meeting together I can project the code on my presentation device large enough for them to transcribe it into their devices. Now Google has made this process even easier.
Under the Student tab you will find the join code for your class. Clicking the disclosure triangle to the right of the code displays a drop-down menu with the new option to ‘Display’ the code. This will enlarge the code and display it boldly in the browser window. Clicking on the box in the bottom-right corner of the code window will enlarge the code further to fill your entire browser window.
I love Google Classroom. All of the notifications that I tend to get from Classroom, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate some of the notifications I get, for example when students re-submit assignments because they are challenging themselves to improve upon their work and demonstrate mastery of the standard(s) being assessed. Thankfully, Google Classroom has expanded their notification settings so that we can decide which types of notifications we want to get.
From the home screen inside of Google Classroom, click on the hamburger icon in the top-left corner to reveal the menu sidebar. Scroll down to the very bottom of the list and clicking on Settings.
Now, in addition to turning on/off all Classroom notifications, you can now customize Classroom notifications based on comments, activity in classes that you’re enrolled in (i.e. a student) and classes you teach.
I still have a filter rule in my Gmail for all email notifications from Classroom to bypass my Inbox and drop directly into a label. However, these improved controls will help better manage those notifications that I want to receive, especially from the Classroom app on my mobile device.