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Google Classroom Updates

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Hello, everyone!

I know many of you are using Google Classroom with your students, and perhaps more of you are looking to use it next year! Because Google values feedback from teachers, there have been many enhancements made to Google Classroom this year.

  • You can now schedule assignments, questions, or announcements to post at a later date!
  • Use questions to poll students!
  • Coming in the fall: parent notifications!

Read all about the updates here.

The Google Classroom team is also planning to offer developers deeper integration among their services and Google Classroom, so you may see more opportunities for using Google Classroom in different ways in the future.

The What’s New in Classroom help page from Google lists each update with more details about each. Keep that page handy along with subscribing to the Google for Education blog so you never miss any news about Google Classroom or other Google products! You can also follow Google for Education on Twitter!

If you’re not currently using Google Classroom but you are taking advantage of the collaboration and communication suite of Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms, I highly encourage you to give Classroom a try next year! Reach out to a colleague using Classroom, Tim, or Lyn, and we’ll be happy to support you getting started! All of the Google Classroom support resources can be found on our tech blog here.

P.S. For you Google Slides fans… there’s now an integrated Q & A feature! Great to engage students and obtain feedback during lessons!

Google Classroom now has an integrated Calendar!

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Help your students stay organized by making use of the new Calendar integration in Google Classroom!

You/your students can view the class calendar directly in Google Classroom. You can also view the calendar in Google Calendar. Each class has its own calendar. This allows you the opportunity to publicly share a Calendar, if you choose, with your students’ parents so they can be informed about upcoming due dates and assignments you list in Google Classroom.

Read this informative post by Michael Fricano to learn more! Includes step-by-step directions and visuals for setting up your calendar.

Here is more information from the Google Classroom help center if you need step-by-step directions to access your class calendar either directly in Google Classroom or via Google Calendar.

Contact me if you need help with anything!

Some September Stuff

Aaaaaaaaaaaand we’re off. It’s been a fun few weeks thus far! Here are some updates for you from elementary tech! 

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Our next Wired Wednesday is tomorrow, September 16, at Blue Ball Elementary, from 4-5 PM. Topic: Google Classroom! Come one, come all! Please register on My Learning Plan.    P.S. A whole slew of new Google Classroom features were updated in late August. Click here to learn more!

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The Global Read Aloud is coming! This is an exciting, worldwide, collaborative event designed to bring together readers of all ages. Many Elanco classrooms participated last year. Books have been chosen. You can sign up here (see form on right-hand side), and you can make arrangements to connect with another class via shared blogs, Edmodo, Google Hangouts/Skype, or any other format that would allow you and another class to discuss the book you’re reading. See the book choices here and read more info about the event.  Here is the form to complete if you’d like to connect your class with another! Here is the link to important FAQ/info for participants. Let me know if you need assistance with this, I am happy to help! #gra15

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Edublogs student passwords have now been updated. Please consider the following information when deciding how you’d like to organize student blogging this year:

Students are currently assigned to the blog class they used in 2014-15 until this year’s teacher alerts me that they will begin blogging in a 15-16 class.

How we set up and manage your students’ blogs will depend on a few things:

  • Do you want your students assigned to your “My Class” by homeroom and only you, as the homeroom teacher, will manage their posts?
  • OR by language arts roster, and only you, as the language arts teacher, will manage their posts?
  • OR does your team want to have all students involved with blogging across content areas and therefore all team members need access to every students’ blog in the grade level for moderating purposes?
  • OR do you want students to be added to a teacher/team blog so they can post and add comments, but not have their own individual sites?
  • OR a unique scenario, such as assign certain rosters of students to certain teachers for blog moderation? We can also set up group blogs for projects like literature circles and the Global Read Aloud!

Please discuss student blogging plans with your teammates and the options above. If not all members of the team are interested in having their students blog, you can certainly move ahead with plans for your homeroom or your language arts class.

When you are ready to begin blogging with your students, please complete this Google form so I can begin the process of building your student blog sites.

 

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IU13’s Elementary Technology Conference is coming this December! Please consider requesting to attend this conference! Talk with your principal and register in My Learning Plan! It’s always a great event, with a lot of teacher-led sessions, specifically focused on elementary! The keynote speaker this year is an inspiring teacher from Illinois, Josh Stumpenhorst!  More info here.  WE NEED PRESENTERS FOR THIS CONFERENCE! Please consider submitting a proposal! The reason this conference is so special is because sessions are led by teachers, for teachers. Please share your expertise with colleagues by submitting a proposal! 

Enjoy the milder weather and hope to see you soon at an upcoming Wired Wednesday workshop!

We’re baaa-aaack!

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Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! I’ve enjoyed working with many of you over the past few weeks. I appreciate your energy and enthusiasm learning to integrate technology into your teaching and classroom activities!

Get “Remind”ed!

This year I’m going to use a service called Remind to send out snippets of useful information, tips & tricks, and more via text or email. It’s an opt-in service, so you can choose to receive the updates and how you prefer to receive them. Many of our schools are using Remind to update staff on emergency school closings. It works the same way, and this past year I subscribed to Kyle Pace’s PD classroom via Remind and thought it was such an easy way to use the platform to support professional learning!

To join the Mrs. Hilt’s Tech Tidbits Remind class, follow these instructions:

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Here are the instructions in PDF format, including how to subscribe via email: HiltRemindinstructions

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Google Classroom Updates!

Today Google announced some updates to Google Classroom, including the ability to post questions, post assignments with no due date, and, most excitedly, CALENDAR INTEGRATION is on the way! These productivity updates (and more!) will help make Google Classroom a fantastic tool to use to organize teaching and learning activities in your classroom.  The Google for Education blog has all of the details here! 

I look forward to working with you this year! Don’t forget to check out the Wired Wednesdays schedule, which kicks off September 9!

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