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Digital Learning has revolutionized the way teachers do business in education. Teachers now have the ability to communicate, plan, and teach more efficiently than ever before. One advancement that has allowed this type of change is Google Classroom.
If you’ve never used Classroom, here are eight things you probably didn’t know about this powerhouse tool.
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1. Parent Notifications
Not only can you assign work, and provide feedback to your students through Google Classroom, but you can also keep parents in the loop. Just go to the Students menu on Google Classroom, and click the “Invite Guardians” link next to any student’s name to add their parent/guardian. Any email address will do—a Gmail account is not required.
Once added, parents/guardians will begin receiving email summaries outlining class activity, including missing work for their student, as well as upcoming work. Parents can choose to receive Daily or Weekly summaries. See a sample of an email summary here.
Once a parent/guardian email address is linked to a student, it is linked for the entire domain/district. Don’t want your class included in email summaries? You can opt out by turning the “Include this Class” switch off.
See more info about how I use this feature in my Google Classroom blog post.
2. Schedule Posts Ahead of Time
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Google Classroom gives teachers the advantage of assigning work at any time. However, if you want to plan ahead, you can schedule posts (assignments, announcements, questions) to be released at specific times. This is great if you want to make sure students don’t take a quiz ahead of time.
To schedule ahead, set up your post the way you want it, then click the drop down menu next to the Assign button and choose Schedule. You can select the date and time you want your post to appear in the stream. So sit back, relax and set up your entire week of assignments on Sunday afternoon, or whenever you’d like!
3. Tag Your Posts by Adding Topics
Want to keep your semester or year on Google Classroom organized? Try adding topics to your posts. When creating a post, click the Add Topic button. You can create topics of your choice. Once created, they can be re-used. So you can organize posts by Chapter, Units, Themes, Topics, or by Assignment Type. The sky’s the limit!
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4. Manage Your Stream
Sometimes the stream can get too flooded, and it becomes difficult to scroll through everything to find the assignment you need. This can not only become frustrating for the teacher, but for the student as well. Google Classroom has a solution to help you manage the Stream.
Once you begin using Topics for posts in the stream, they’ll appear in a menu at the top left. Click on any topic to view only the items related to that topic. This makes it easier for students to quickly review what work they have completed, as well as any outstanding work.
Learn more in my blog post, Taming the Stream.
5. Individualize Instruction
Want to differentiate instruction for students by learning ability? Google Classroom gives you the ability to assign work to individuals. When creating a post, click the All Students drop down menu, and place a check next to each student you’d like to assign work to.
So if you need to differentiate by readiness, reading level, or if you’d like to create a learning mastery course allowing students to move at different paces, you can!
6. Ask a Question
Whether you’re looking for a bell-ringer activity, an exit ticket, or you’d just like to generate classroom discussion, Google Classroom has your solution. Just use the Create Question option when posting to the stream. If creating a discussion forum, choose Short Answer and apply settings to allow students to reply to each other. Want to poll the class? Choose multiple choice. When finished setting up your question, just click Ask!
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7. Add a Co-Teacher
Do you have a Teacher Aide? Do you work in a cohort where you share students with another teacher? Add a Co-Teacher to your Google Classroom course. First post!ali . Just go to the About menu, and click Invite Teachers. Add your co-teacher and click Invite. The recipient will see a invitation the next time they login go Google Classroom.
Co-Teachers can do anything the teacher can do, except delete a class. Need to remove a Co-Teacher? Just click the menu in their profile box and click Remove. It’s that easy.
8. Reuse a Post
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Have you ever thrown something away and regretted it later? Maybe it was a lesson plan or project rubric that you needed next year. Never fear with Google Classroom. At the end of the school year, you can Archive courses and start fresh at the beginning of the next school year without worry.
Just choose the Reuse Post option. This post to the Stream allows you to Reuse any post from any class – current or archived – at any time. Just choose the class, choose the post, and then update the post to fit the needs of your current class!
Learn more here in my post, Back to School With Google Classroom.
Posted: September 22nd, 2019 Author:QRStuff Admin Filed under:General 1 Comment »
Ensuring our children’s safety is one of the top priorities of any parent or guardian. Especially today, when crimes can occur almost anywhere or anytime.
For parents who have kids riding the school bus, it’s common for them to check if their children boarded the school bus after classes are dismissed. School administrators or teachers often receive calls from worried parents asking if their children have gotten on the bus. This becomes an issue for teachers if they have no way of monitoring the students riding the school bus.
To help with this dilemma, a school administrator or teacher can create an attendance tracking QR code for student to record when they get on and off the school bus. The attendance tracking QR code for check-in can be scanned by the driver or a parent volunteer when a student boards the school bus.
When the student gets off the bus, another QR code for attendance tracking check out can then be scanned. Both the attendance tracking QR codes for check-in and check-out record the location that the QR codes are scanned. Doing this records the whereabouts of the students upon check-in and check-out. This is beneficial for parents when making sure that their child arrives home.
The attendance tracking spreadsheet can be accessed by anyone with the link. When a parent checks on their child, they just need to check the attendance tracking spreadsheet to see the information they’re looking for.
In this blog post, I will show you how to create the two attendance tracking QR codes, one for student’s check-in and another for student’s check-out.
Create Your Attendance Tracking QR Codes
In this guide, I will first show you how to create the attendance tracking QR code for check-in.
How to Create a School Bus Check-in Tracker QR Code
- Go to https://www.qrstuff.com/?type=attendance and have the “Attendance Tracking” data type pre-selected from the first section.
- Under the second section, click the “Google Sheet Name” field. When a pop-up dialog box appears, log into your Google account. After you’re logged in, this allows QRStuff to create a new tracking spreadsheet in your Google Drive and update it for every scan to the created QR code. (Keep in mind that this access authority is only for the said tracking spreadsheet and doesn’t give any other user privileges for your Google account.) Type in a relevant name for your spreadsheet in the “Google Sheet Name” field.
- Enter the needed details for the next three fields provided under Event Details: Location Name, Action Description and Event Description. Because we need to create an attendance tracking sheet for students’ check-ins first, we can enter “School Bus” as the location, “Check-in” as the action, and “Attendance” as the Event Description.
- Under the Attendee Prompt section, check the box “Display an Attendee prompt.” Because we need to ask for the student’s full name upon their check-in, let us indicate “Student Full Name” on the blank field provided under the “Attendee Prompt Title.”
- Next, check the box beside the “Record Device Location” prompt under the “Record Location” section. If you check the box, it requires the users scanning the QR code to provide their location. If they do not agree to provide a location the attendance is not recorded in the Google Spreadsheet.
- At this point, you can download the generated QR code by clicking the “Download QR Code” button.
How to Create a School Bus Check-out Tracker QR Code
Now that we’re done with creating the school bus check-in tracker QR code, next we need to create the school bus check-out tracker QR code.
- Go to https://www.qrstuff.com/?type=attendance and have the “Attendance Tracking” data type pre-selected from the first section.
- On the drop-down list that you find on the second column, select the same Google sheet name that you used for the school bus check-in tracker QR code. There is no need to create a new Google sheet.
- On the three fields under the “Event Details” section, use the same for the “Location Name” and “Event Description” fields. For the “Action Description” field, change it to “Check-out” this time. Doing so differentiates the check-ins from check-outs which makes it easier to check on the School Bus Attendance Tracking Sheet.
- Under the “Attendee Prompt,” “Attendee Prompt Title” and “Record Location” sections, select the same options used when creating the school bus check-in tracker QR code. Check the box beside the “Display an Attendee Prompt” and indicate “Student Full Name” on the “Attendee Prompt Title” field. Lastly, check the option “Record Device Location.”
- At this point, you can click the “Download QR Code” button.
How the QR Codes Work
When the student gets on the bus, the student or driver scans the school bus check-in tracker QR code. Upon scanning, the student is asked to enter his/her “Student Full Name.” After clicking the “Check-in” button, the provided location name, action, and event description appears. The attendance check-in details are also recorded in the corresponding Google spreadsheet.
Before getting off the bus, the student should be asked to scan the school bus check-out tracker QR code. When the code is scanned, the student needs to provide his/her “Student Full Name” again. Clicking on the “Check-in” button, the same details appear. The attendance check-out details are then recorded to the same Google spreadsheet where the check-in details were recorded earlier.
Note: The date and timerecorded is based on the time zone that you have indicated in your subscriberaccount setup.
About Your Google Sheet
The spreadsheet where all the check-in and check-out details are recorded can be accessed through the Google account that you provided in the second step outlined above. You can access the said spreadsheet through logging in your account at https://docs.google.com. You can see the created spreadsheet for both the School Bus check-in and check-out tracker QR codes from the list of available sheets in your Google Drive.
Here is a preview of what you might see in the attendance tracking sheet for the school bus check-in and check-out QR codes. If a concerned parent wants to have a look at the spreadsheet, you can click the “Share” button in the top right corner.
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Make It A Bit Fancy
Paid subscribers have the privilege to choose the colors of the dots and corners of their created QR code. They also have the option to insert a logo or a relevant image in the center of their QR code. Following the same steps outlined above, they only need to click the “Style Your Code” button before proceeding to download their QR code.
The QR code above is an example of a styled QR code that paid subscribers can come up with using our QR Code Styling feature. Through the interface, you can turn your QR code into a visually distinctive and intuitive one by inserting a relevant logo or image to the center.
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