Google Classroom Introduces New Hub, #FirstDayOfClassroom For Teachers Helping Teachers
Google launched Google Classroom in 2014 to help teachers and schools, create, distribute and grade assignments in a paperless environment. Over the years as more and more teachers and schools onboarded Google Classroom the community grew to astronomical proportions. With that several other edtech companies started integrating Google Classroom into their products and more and more teachers found innovative ways to use it.
The Google Classroom community is very active on social media and always willing to help one another. Google took notice of that and as back to school season continues they’ve unveiled a new hub called #FirstDayofClassroom.
The hub offers tools, tips, and tricks to get started with Google Classroom. Teachers experienced with Google Classroom or just beginning will find teacher created videos on best practices, as well as teacher tested tips. There’s also printable resources available including a “getting started” guide and “group study guide”.
Here are some examples of tips available on the #FirstDayofClassroom hub:
- Lindy Hockenbary, Digital Learning Coach, stays organized by adding class resources to the materials section of the “About” tab.
- Katie Nieves, Special Education ELA Teacher, personalizes learning by providing different projects and resources when posting an assignment.
- Jessica Levine, Instructional Technologist, builds relationships between home and school by connecting parents and guardians to their student’s class through guardian email summaries.
Some of the videos offered include “how to set up a class and add students in Classroom” and “how to assign and grade work in classroom.”
The teachers lounge in #FirstDayofClassroom offers video tips including:
- Stay organized with Google Drive
- Get Assignments Turned In
- Reuse Your Syllabus
- Keep Guardians In The Loop
- Use Topics in Classroom
- Use the share to Classroom Extension
- All about the about tab
- Avoid the assignment iceberg
- Creating assignments with Annotations
Google Classroom will also host live chat sessions to help new teachers and refresh experienced teachers. They will be sharing tips and tricks on Twitter with the #FirstDayofClassroom hashtag, and check it out for yourself online here.