Adobe Spark (formerly Adobe Voice) is an awesome multi-platform application (Chromebooks, IPads, PC, MAC) that lets students demonstrate their understanding of concepts through the use of photos, icons, video, text and voice recordings. The output is a movie file that is easily viewed in the classroom or embedded on websites. Multiple templates that include background music and color palettes enable students to create professional presentations in one or two class sessions. This tool is successfully used from kindergarten on upward. This twelve-minute video explains everything you need to start using Spark in your classroom.
If you are looking for Google Slide templates with some pop, check out these freebies from Slides Carnival.
This video explains how teachers can manually approve YouTube videos so they are viewable by students.
Updates to Google Classroom are driven by user feedback and released on a continuous basis. In 2016 there were several great new features released. This video summarizes the changes made to Classroom over the past year. If you are not familiar, with “topics,” guardian emails, draft scheduling assignments and a host of other topics, this video is well worth 17 minutes of your time.
If you are a new user for Classroom, or need a refresher, this video provides a great introduction to setting up your classroom and the basic steps for creating assignments.
This video explains how you can use time tags to let people jump to specific parts of your video by just clicking a link in the video’s description. This only works for videos you create and post to YouTube.
Google released an update to Classroom to accommodate individual student assignments and small group projects. This video explains the process.
This is a great 5 minute introduction to the student side of Google Classroom.
The built-in quizzing feature for Google Forms is getting great reviews. A form can now automatically grade questions and provide students with feedback after each question, including links to videos or websites. The video below provides an introduction to these features.
Archive Google Classroom Classes
I’ve had a few questions about what to do with last year’s classes, I suggest archiving them.You and your students can view an archived class, but you can’t modify an archived class until it is restored. You can still access any archived class files in Google Drive and copy assignments from an archived class into an active class. You can always restore a class if you change your mind. Follow these steps to archive a class.
- Go to classroom.google.com
- On the class card, click the three vertical dots in the upper left corner and select Archive.
- Click Archive to confirm
Parent Update Feature Released for Google Classroom
With the latest Classroom release, parents can now receive automatic email updates about student assignments within Google Classroom. When parents/guardians join Classroom, they receive regular email summaries for each of their students. Guardians choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.
Guardian summaries include:
- Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
- Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
- Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
By default, guardian summaries for your classes are turned off. Guardians can’t access Classroom or view your class stream.
View a Sample Email Report