Video tutorials guiding you step by step on how to get started with Google Classroom are available here.
This playlist contains 21 videos and covers all the core topics for using Google Classroom. If you are limited for time I would suggest watching the first 14 videos.
What is Google Classroom?
Classroom is a tool in G Suite for Education that helps teachers create and organise assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organise their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.
Create and collect assignments: Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. They can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback to individual students. Improve class communications: Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class.
Stay organised: Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.
Highland Staff intro guide also available here for further instructions.
Is a free online resource to help us inform our children about the unhealthy use of technology and the effects of poor posture. There are short videos for primary/secondary pupils and free downloads for teachers.
For staff we have an e-learning course on My Online Learning called working with computers/VDUs. We can also offer advice and support to staff who either have medical problems which can compromise their working with equipment or who are feeling pains/problems because their set up is incorrect. We have a dedicated Intranet section all about this subject.
Schools in Highland are doing brilliant work with our learners across primary and secondary. We have schools pushing boundaries and using technology to enhance the learner experience and inspire our children and young people. I would urge teachers, parents, carers, pupils, managers, partners to nominate your school for a Scottish Education Award. There are many categories and one of these is 'Learning through technology award'.
Nominations close Wednesday 15th February.
'The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education.
They recognise the achievements of people who dedicate their lives to children and young people and showcase the valuable work and innovation in Scottish classrooms.
The Scottish Education Awards were first launched in November 2001 by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Daily Record, with the specific aims of celebrating the successes and recognising the achievements taking place within Scottish education.
Entry to the Awards is open to all publicly funded schools, including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools. There is a wide variety of categories to enter which are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence Programme and that also recognise the dedication and commitment of teaching staff and education supporters.
The winners of the school categories will receive a trophy, a certificate and a £400 prize. Runner-up schools will receive a certificate and £200.
The winners of the individual categories will receive a trophy, a certificate and £400 for their school. Runners up will receive a certificate and £200 for their school.'
Click here to nominate a school.
Inverness High PE department highlighted this resource. Able to show questions in slideshow format where pupils can answer in time conditions then you can freeze, share certain answers, record who's done what, teacher can reply 1 to 1, show all answers or just discuss certain ones, good for timed question practice.
With Toontastic 3D, kids can draw, animate and narrate their own adventures, news stories, school reports, and anything else they might dream up. All they need to do is move characters around on the screen and tell their story. It’s like a digital puppet theater… but with enormous interactive 3D worlds, dozens of customisable characters, 3D drawing tools, and an idea lab with sample stories to inspire new creations.
Toontastic 3D is available and free to download today for phones, tablets on both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. We hope the app will empower kids to imagine, invent and explore while developing skills for the creative jobs of tomorrow—whether they dream of becoming a filmmaker, a teacher, a designer, a cartoonist, or just want to explore the boundaries of their imaginations.
Google Classroom has introduced a new feature that allows for “individualized work for differentiated learning.” As of this week, Classroom will allow teachers to assign work to individual students that reflects their individual needs. That means that assignments or questions can be posed to specific students rather than the entire class. This not only helps teachers give their students more specialized attention, but can also give students extra practice in certain subjects in a discreet manner.
Classroom has also updated its notification system for teachers with two new alert categories — one for when students submit work late, and one for when students re-submit assignments. Of course, educators can continue using other notifications, including updates, comments, and more.
Thanks to Gareth Braddick at Invergordon has been using various tools to support literacy at Invergordon. Here is a report from him...
At Invergordon Academy we are looking at developing our approach to Literacy, using film to support learners that find it hard to access traditional texts. Taking materials developed by the Literacy Shed, we adapted them for a digital learning environment.
The new Google Sites provided an opportunity to create a unit of work that is easy to access for pupils. The new Sites makes it incredibly easy to create a website. This can be described as the “shop window” for the pupils, providing visual cues and engaging their attention. Behind this is Google Classroom, which is used to organise the teaching materials that were developed using EDpuzzle, Padlet and Google Docs.
EDpuzzle is a tool that allows the teacher to insert questions into a Youtube video. The teacher can insert an open question and give feedback, or multiple choice, which is marked automatically by the software. The third option is to insert a comment which could be used to provide feedback in a video made by a pupil. EDPuzzle syncs with Google Classroom, making it easy to add your classes and keep track of progress.
Assessing open questions is straightforward. The teacher sees progress made and can give a score out of 100, plus an optional comment.
Padlet is a useful tool for opening up discussion. Once the pupils have submitted their answers on EDpuzzle they are asked to post their ideas to an online discussion board.
The pupil comments are anonymous so those that lack confidence are not afraid to post suggestions. In the settings there is an option for a moderator to give approval before posts appear. Once posts have been submitted the individual responses from EDpuzzle can be discussed and developed as a class.
Tables are useful for supporting writing and they are easy to create in Google Docs. Docs also supports images, which can help pupils to structure their thoughts. In this exercise pupils take screenshots and write a description to help them summarize the plot for the music video.
Links can be inserted at each stage, which take pupils in a loop from the Site to the other apps and then back again, before moving on to the next lesson. Using the Site pages, units for a whole year could be presented.
The Digital Learning Team will add news or examples of good practice on here so keep checking back for up to date info.