Distance Learning Week #6

This week, I want to point out some tips that can help when you are working with Google Classroom and G Suite tools.


Make a copy for each student option in Google Classroom Assignments:

Google Classroom gives you 3 different options to attach documents in an assignment; Students can view file, Students can edit file, Make a copy for each student. When you choose “Make a copy for each student”, this mimics you running to the copier to run a full class set of an assignment. Choosing this option will prevent students from requesting access to a file and will prevent your original from being changed.


Talk & Comment extension:

This extension allows you to add voice to Google Classroom. You can record verbal directions to go along with your assignments. Add the extension, open up an assignment in Google Classroom, record your directions, copy the link and add it to the assignment, remove the “(voice note)”, click Assign.


Annotation tools in mobile app:

Did you know you can give annotated feedback in the mobile version of Google Classroom? Open the assignment in the Google Classroom app, tap on Student Work, Tap the student’s name and their attachment. Then, tap Edit to make any notes or drawings and tap Save.

*Note that this can only be done in the mobile app for Google Classroom, which is available on Android, Apple iOS, or Chrome OS.  That means this app cannot be installed on the WB teacher laptops because they have a Windows operating system.


Present trick for video meetings:

Simply grab the link of the file and change the end of the URL. Replace where it says “edit” and anything to the right of it with “present”. Take a look at the end of the URL below.


By doing this, you can still show a slide deck in presentation mode and it won’t take over your screen when you are screen sharing on a video call.

*Engagement tips: Having fun and being creative can keep students engaged. Keep things fun and personalize your assignments by being in them! I used remove.bg to put myself into that presentation above but you can also use the Bitmoji extension for this. You can also use the Custom Cursor extension that allows you to change your cursor. This can help students with visual impairments when you share your screen by using a big colorful cursor to direct their attention.


Creating Templates in G Suite:

Simply grab the link of the file and change the end of the URL.  Replace where it says “edit” and anything to the right of it with “template/preview”. Take a look at the end of the URL below.


By doing this, you do not need to share the original file with others and when they click the “Use Template” button it adds a copy to their own drive.  Any changes they make will not appear in the owner’s original file.

This can be especially helpful when you want to share files with colleagues or students. It avoids having them request access to the file, they don’t need to open the file and click File > Make a copy. Now, others can have their own working file based off of a template you created.

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