Google ClassrooM:

A Beginner's Guide

Google Classroom

  • Brand new to Google Classroom but don't know exactly where to start? Here's a bunch of quick tutorials with instructions to get you started.
  • You can check out the app for yourself at classroom.google.com
  • You can also download it on your mobile device
  • Also: all of the videos below are available on the this Youtube playlist.
  • Mouse over each video to view them in full screen.
  • Have you been using Classroom for a while and are looking beyond the basics? I'll be putting together an Advanced Guide soon!
  • Subscribe to Donnie's Youtube Channel here.

Creating Your First Class

  • Navigate to classroom.google.com
  • Click the "+" in the top right hand corner.
  • Give your class a title, course number, and subject area.
  • Pro tip for K-5 teachers: have one classroom for each rotation of students that you teach.


Adding Students: Class Code

  • Navigate to your classroom's stream.
  • Your class code is found just below your class title.
  • Click the [ ] to make it full screen and easier to read for your students.
  • Have your students click the "+" at classroom.google.com and type in that code to join.

Adding Students: Invitations

  • To invite students directly (great for K-2 classrooms), click the "People" tab up the top
  • Click the "Add Person" symbol to the right of "Students".
  • Type in your student first name/last name to search for them in your school's directory.
  • When the student visits http://classroom.google.com, they'll have a JOIN button they can click.

Changing The Theme

  • Add some flair to your Google Classroom by changing the class theme.
  • Click "Select Theme" in the top right hand corner.
  • Choose any of the pre-created Classroom headers.
  • You can also upload any photo you'd like!
  • Pro-tip: have the students design your Classroom header.

Creating and Organizing Topics

  • Topics help students find and view classroom resources and materials easier.
  • Navigate to the classwork page.
  • Press "Create" then "Topic".
  • Topics can be subjects you teach in a self-contained classroom , different types of assignments (assessments, projects, etc), or different parts of your content.
  • Pro-tip: have a section called "completed work" and drag any assignments that are completed there.

Adding Co-Teachers

  • Co-teachers can be anyone you want to give full access to your classroom: a special-ed teacher, para-educator, an administrator, or a student teacher.
  • To add a co-teacher: Navigate to the "People" tab up the top.
  • Next to where it says 'Teachers", click the "+" sign and type in the teacher's email address.
  • Be careful not to accidentally add a student here by mistake!

Adding MAterials / Resources

  • Classroom "Materials" are anything you want students to have permanent access to throughout the year: a website, long range plans, class syllabus, etc.
  • I recommend first creating a "Topic" called "Materials" and putting each one underneath it.
  • To add "Materials", navigate to "Classwork", click "Create" and then "Material".
  • Move it underneath the topic you'd like your students to view.

Creating Assignments

  • Google Classroom "Assignments" are for any type of work that you'd like your students to complete.
  • Create an assignment template that you'd like your students to complete (a Google Doc, for example). Don't forget to leave space for your students to type!
  • Navigate to the "Classwork" tab, press "Create", and then "Assignment".
  • Give your assignment a Title, Topic, and Points.
  • Attach your template and change it to "Make a Copy For Each Student" (so each student has their own). You can also attach any resources (videos, websites, etc) for them to complete the assignment.
  • Click "Assign" and it'll appear in your "Stream" immediately.

Student View: Submitting Work

  • Students can open up and edit their copy of a Google Classroom attachment.
  • Once it's finished, they can click the "Turn In" button on the assignment.
  • Teachers can view edits in realtime while their students are working on any attachments.
  • Once an assignment is submitted, students can no longer edit their work.

Assessing/Grading Student Work

  • Click on "Classwork", and click on the assignment you need to grade / give feedback.
  • Click on "View Assignment"
  • Click on the student's name you want to view, then click their attachments.
  • Give comments for feedback before giving a grade/returning work to students.
  • Note: Students will not see their grade until you "Return" their work.

Asking Questions

  • "Questions" are used for quick formative assessments, entrance/exit slips, and quick polls.
  • Click the "Classwork" button, then "Create", then "Question".
  • Give your question a short title, and type the actual question in the "Description".
  • Don't forget to attach any resources they'll need to answer the question.

Giving Question Feedback

  • Open up the "Question" through the "Classwork" tab and click "View Question".
  • Click individual student responses to either reply to them publicly OR privately.
  • If it's a graded question, students will not see their score until you "Return" it to them.

Email Notifications

  • By default, you'll receive an email for any and all comments, posts, and submissions in Google Classroom.
  • You can turn these on and off by using the "Settings" button underneath the menu in the top left.

Embedding Assignment Calendar

  • Put a Google Calendar on your website that automatically updates every time you create a Google Classroom assignment:
  • Visit calendar.google.com and find your Classroom calendar. Click the tiny arrow and go into the sharing settings.
  • Set your Google Classroom calendar to public (so anyone can see it).
  • Go to your classroom Google Site (or you can make one at sites.google.com/new)
  • On the right hand side, click "Calendar" and then embed your Google Classroom calendar.