Friday, May 29, 2020

End of the Year Google Classroom Clean-up

It's that time of the year again, where we have to start thinking about cleaning up Google Classroom for this school year.   I will provide some assistance in completing these tasks.  

Reflect on your experience!
  • Think about how you used it this year and what you can improve on for next year.

Open your to-do list and review, grade and return all work to students.

Delete the Classroom calendar in Google Calendar - Video tutorial
  • Open up Google Calendar and delete the calendar.  Just be sure you want to delete it because it is not recoverable!
  • If you are unsure about this, then just hide it in your list.
Unenroll in unwanted classes - Video tutorial
  • If you are enrolled as a student in another class, be sure you unenroll from it so that you do not continue to receive notifications from it.
Archive and Delete your classes - Video tutorial
  • This is a two step process. You must archive the class first, then you can delete it.  Keep in mind if you delete the class by accident, it can be restored.
Export any assignment rubrics - Video tutorial
  • Before archiving and deleting a class, you may want to export an assignment rubric to a Google Sheet. 
Manage your Drive folders that are associated with Google Classroom - Video tutorial
  • You can delete any classroom folders that were created when you created a new class.  Just be sure you do not delete the CLASSROOM folder in 'My Drive'.  Additionally, you can create a folder for the school year, and just move all of your class folders into the archive folder.
Delete any bookmarks associated with Google Classroom - Video tutorial

Shared with Me label in Drive
  • I don't recommend deleting any files in this label.  There will be to many files to clean-up and it really is not necessary.
Create a new master class
  • Create a new master class for all of your assignments so that you can re-use the posts for next year.

Check out episode 73 of The Suite Talk to Tidy up your Google Classroom.
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Friday, May 8, 2020

How to use Google Jamboard for Distance Learning Success

I recently wrote an article for Equip from, called "How to use Google Jambord for Distance Learning Success".  For those of you who do not know what Jamboard is, it's time you know.

Jamboard is an app that is free and included in the G Suite Core of apps.  Jamboard can be access from Google Drive and it can be downloaded at the Apple or Google Play store to your mobile device.  It is free!

A Jam is a file that can be shared with participants just like any other Google file.  It has become very popular especially now during remote learning, because many teachers are using it as a whiteboard.

In my article, I introduce Jamboard, and how you can use other apps with it (app smashing), and how it supports student choice and the 5c's of education. (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and curation).  

I am a firm believer that Jamboard can help students who are visual learners, help students stay organized, allow students to express their creativity and artistic side, and much more.   

The picture below demonstrates how a student found an image on the Internet and decided to sketch it on the canvas.  

To read my article, "How to use Google Jamboard for Distance Learning Success", click on the link. I hope you enjoy it.

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If you are looking for Google Classroom help, check out our new book me and Alice Keeler wrote, Stepping up to Google Classroom, 50 steps for beginners to get started. It is available on Amazon.  Alice and I thank you for your support.  We hope you find the book helpful.