Distance Learning Essentials: Classroom
Distance Learning with Docs
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Docs Basics (+ sharing & permissions)
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The Google Classroom section of the Help Center is a great place to find answers to specific questions you might have.
More Thoughts about Using Google Classroom for Distance Learning
Organizing your Classroom with Topics
- Organize your virtual classroom environment using topics in Google Classroom. You might choose to create topics by unit, chapter, theme, or type of work.
- It's okay if you've already created your classroom. You can add topics at any time!
- Ready to add topics! Our topics video will help you get started!
Communicating in Classroom
- Regular communication is key in a virtual setting! Use the stream in Classroom to post quick reminders for students.
- Share resources and content with students using the materials feature. We recommend this feature when you are simply sharing information/content with students and not asking for anything in return (such as a task submission.)
- Post assignments with as much detail as possible. Consider allowing students to collaborate on some of these assignments from a distance as well!
Assessing your students remotely
- Attach a Forms quiz to an assignment in Google Classroom to assess student learning - maybe even during or after a Meet session.
- You can import Forms Quiz grades right into Classroom, but we recommend reading up on this first. You can visit this page to learn more about this, as well as other tips for using Forms in Classroom.
- Create multiple choice and short answer questions in Classroom. You can take a quick class vote or formative comprehension check - or even encourage students to reply to their peers!
- Use email summaries in Google Classroom to involve guardians in the remote learning experience.
- For class discussion, use multiple choice and short answer questions in Classroom. You can take a quick class vote or even encourage students to reply to their peers.
- Keep in mind that you can set student permissions to allow students to interact in various ways. You can choose to allow them to create posts in Classroom (not recommended if students are new to Classroom), to comment on your posts in classroom (recommended if your students are of a level of maturity and understand digital citizenship, and even mute individual students so they can only submit tasks (and cannot reply or comment in the virtual class.)
Preparing your students for remote learning
- Determine and share how you will regularly communicate with students and parents remotely so you can share this information as soon as possible.
- Consider incorporating Google’s digital citizenship and digital skills resources into your remote instruction to ensure students are prepared for digital learning.
Meeting the needs of all learners
Overcoming lack of Internet access
- Reaching students without internet is vital in order for all students to have equal access to learning.
- With the ability to record Meet sessions sessions, you can pre-record sessions or share recorded sessions in Classroom so students are able to watch at a later time.
- If possible, make sure students have enabled offline mode while on wifi if possible so they can access Docs, Sheets, and Slides without internet.