Google Classroom Basics

‘Google’ has become the catch all phrase here at ISGR. Google this, Google that. Google up, Google down. It may be to a point where even mentioning Google gives us all the heebegeebeez.  That is why it is so important for us to begin separating the different aspects of the Google package and speak specifically rather than using the catch all ‘Google’. In this post, I will cover Google Classroom basics. This is an extremely powerful tool that can open up so many opportunities for teachers. Like most technology tools, you can adopt it as far as you’d like. Don’t feel like you need to use all the features of Google Classroom just because you begin to use it. Or, adopt Google Classroom fully and enjoy your days on the beach teaching remotely…

Without spending too much time jabbering, you can do the following with Google Classroom:

– Make announcements
– Create assignments
– Give direct feedback
– Easily document what you are doing as a teacher
– Go paperless
– Create a discussion
– Collaborate the heck out of stuff
– Improve communication
– Give parents a window into your teaching
– Be there every step of the way while your students are working
– Connect with your students anytime from anywhere in the world
– Have your students connect with you anytime from anywhere in the world

To create your first class, go to From here you will be able to create a new class by clicking the plus symbol in the right corner of the website. When prompted,  give your class a name and click create. When this process is complete, you will be directed to the class stream. It is from this screen you will run your class.

Below are some pictures and descriptions to help you get started with the basics of running your classroom. Test and practice until you get comfortable enough to try it out with your students.

T H E  S T R E A M

1. Change the theme or background picture for your class.
2. The quick add button for creating questions, announcements or assignments.
3. Upcoming assignments that are due for your students.
4. Add topics to organize your class into subject areas or topic areas.
5.  Show any items that have been deleted from the stream.


1. Invite students by clicking this button.
2. Choose student privileges here like ability to post and comment.
3. Use this class code for students to join the class on their own.
4. Option to add your class to the parent/guardian email summary.


1. Here you can change the name of your class, describe your class, access the shared Google Drive folder and access the class calendar.
2. Add materials such as assignment instructions, links, documents etc.
3. Invite a colleague to collaborate with you in your class.


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