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5 Tips to Use Google Classroom

Along with Google’s Teach from Home resources, the tips in this guide can help teachers leverage Google Classroom for effective learning anywhere. Teachers have moved courses online as schools, colleges, and universities closed campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic. This switch tested many teachers’ capacity to adapt material and methods while at home–often with other family members–during the pandemic. Fortunately, schools that use G Suite have access to Google Classroom.

1. Google Classroom supports sequenced learning for anyone

Especially during a time of remote-only work, Google Classroom along with G Suite apps, can support learning needs for all sorts of organizations. Any organization that uses G Suite may use Google Classroom: It’s not limited to schools. Classroom makes a viable option to help an instructor guide any group of people through a structured series of topics and tasks.

2. Understand context 

Seek to understand student context before you try to convey content. Students may be dealing with challenges not typically present in a school classroom, including children of other ages in the household, adults who may also be home, as well as a physical environment not necessarily designed to support learning.

3. Enable offline work

Adjust assignments to allow students to work offline, since not every student will have access to an internet connection at home. Pew Research studies show that “15% of U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home.”  Allow access to materials that may be downloaded, instead of streamed.

4. Verify that an assignment can be done on a mobile device

Ideally, you also would check to make certain that each assignment can be completed on an Android phone, iPhone, or in Chrome on a laptop. For example, most assignments that require the use of Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides should work well, since those apps not only work well in a browser, but also are available to install on Android and iOS devices.  Currently, the features of Docs, Sheets, and Slides vary slightly by platform.

5. Join the conversation on Twitter

Thousands of educators who care about online engagement and education share resources every day on Twitter. Google encourages people to use the #teachfromhome hashtag, but there are also many excellent resources with other hashtags, such as #distancelearning, #edtech, #remotelearning, and #mobilelearning, among many others.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Andy Wolber in Tech Republic, follow this link for more details and the complete article.