2019 Google Classroom Changes

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You may have noticed that your Google Classroom page has a new look. I think the most important thing you’ll want to know is that if you’re working with a Classroom page that you created during the 2017-18 school year, your “About” page is not where it’s been – in the right-hand corner of the page’s header. Instead, students can find the “About” page content by clicking the small ^ symbol that’s in the middle of the header.

Learn about all the changes in Google Classroom in the video below, or scroll through this instructional post!

Google Classroom pushed out another update

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Google Classroom made some adjustments this week – you should see a pop-up that sends you an alert when you visit the site. The most notable involve the Classwork page.

There’s now a category called “Materials” that allows you to post and organize class resources – taking the place of the dearly departed “About” page, I guess.

In addition, Classroom sites that were created before the changes that occurred over the summer now have the option to add a “Classwork” page.

Read about the rest of the updates – and see what’s to come – on the “What’s New in Classroom” site.

Push websites to your students with the click of a button

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If both you and your students have the Share to Classroom extension, you can push websites to the whole class at once by simply clicking on it, then pasting in the site you’d like them to look at. (You can also do this using Hapara, FYI.) Students can also share websites with you – and the extension keeps track of who has shared what with whom!

Now you can differentiate assignments in Google Classroom

 

Frustrated that in order to assign something to one student in Google Classroom, you need to assign it to the entire class? That’s been fixed. Google Classroom just announced this new differentiation feature – read about it here, or watch the quick walk through below!

 

Seven tips to get into the fighting spirit!

  • Check out Google Cast. Students can add this app from the Chrome Web Store, and when prompted by the teacher, project wirelessly from his or her device. I haven’t tried it here at school, as it’s fairly new, but here’s an article by a teacher who did. A post from an EdTech site explains the process step by step.┬áIf you try it (or would like help trying it), please let me know!

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