Google Classroom 101 – Part 5 (with pics)

This is the last post in this series and covers grading in Google Classroom. (Trust me, more can be accomplished through Google Classroom and I will post articles about some more tips and hacks in the near future.) So far in this GC 101 series I have covered setting up classrooms, posting to the Stream, the Students page and the About page. Grading in Google Classroom is a breeze and is ah-maz-ing for all my digital assignments.

First of all, I need to get to the assignments in Google Classroom. I have several options for accomplishing this task. I can click on the Done button on the assignment:


And this page will open:


Or, I can click on the Students page . . .


. . . and click on individual student names to open the individual student view:


Click on the assignment name and a new tab will open with the assignment folder.


Click on the student’s assignment to open the assignment.


FYI: The advantage to choosing the “Make a Copy For Each Student” option when I assigned this Journal Entry is GC automatically names the assignment staring with the student’s name. No more searching for which of the 150 “Journal Entry” titled assignments belongs to the one I’m trying to grade. The new Individual Student view should help with this – but it’s still an advantage to clicking make a copy.

Once the document is opened, it is a shared document that I can edit or comment on. I choose not to edit and ask my students to do that task. I do, however, use the comment function extensively. Ideally, I will comment on work and ask a student to make revisions BEFORE grading because we all know that once that grade is assigned the student just stops the improvement and revision process. Highlight text or right click on the text to open a comment icon. Click the icon to open the comment box.


I type in in comments I would like to share with the student. TIP: Using this feature as a high-five on deep insights and critical thoughts is a great way to encourage students in their writing. In other words, don’t just point out improvements that need to be made. TIP #2: DO NOT make revisions (edits) to the document for grammar and mechanics errors if you are including grammar in your content. Make a comment, explain the rule, add a link, whatever. If I just correct the grammar for the student, I’m not providing an opportunity for the student to learn.

Once I click the blue Comment button, it will post to the document.


Once the student has finalized the assignment, I can now assign a grade. GC automatically makes all assignments 100 points, which is great for percentages, but I don’t like making every assignment equal. I can change the points by highlighting the points and typing in my new point value. I can get to this page by clicking on the Done or Not Done options on the assignment post in the Stream view.


GC will want to confirm I am changing the point values. If I have already assigned points it will also ask if I want to keep the entered scores or adjust them. In this case, I have not entered any scores. Click the blue Update button to change the point value.


I then enter the points earned for this assignment in the left pane.


I can also return work to students from this view. Click the box next to the names of students to return work. When I do so, the Return button at the top of the student list becomes active. Click the Return button. I can do this whether or not I have entered a score.


Google will verify I am returning work.

On the assignment post in the Stream view, it will now reflect that I have returned work:


On the Individual Student view, the assignment will show the entered score:


I noticed when I was on the Individual Student view that my student has not completed the Learning Style Inventory, and I want to remind him to do so. I can create either an announcement or question and post it just to his Classroom Stream. On the Stream view page, click the desired option (announcement, assignment, question, etc) and fill out the pop-up window as desired. I MUST use the Students drop down box and select the students I want to remind to finish the assignment; otherwise, every student will get the reminder. YIKES!


Fill in the information and add links, if desired and click the blue button at the bottom right to post to the student’s Stream.


Now the reminder is posted, my hope is the student will complete the assignment.


The student can comment on the post and it will stay a private conversation between us.

This concludes my overview of Google Classroom. I have provided enough information to get you started. Be sure to follow my blog to receive updates when I post new articles. Have questions? Ask in the comments.

Enjoy using Google Classroom in your classes!

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Links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4


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