I was over at Wredling for our SIP day and provided a breakout session on Google Classroom. The cat’s out of the bag and we are not renewing our contract for Blackboard after next school year. Don’t panic…..there are plenty of free online platform alternatives. Many of you have dabbled in Google Classroom and are seeing the benefits of starting to use that with your students.
One of the main ways that most teachers use Blackboard is to house content for student access. Currently, Google Classroom does not really function that way, but you can use a combination of Google Drive and the About section in Classroom to start meeting your needs.
Here are some tips to help you organize your content.
Content Folders in GDrive
- Take inventory of what documents, videos, texts, etc. that students reference multiple times in a term and put that into a folder in Google Drive (not nested in the Classroom folder)
- Document with research links
- Graphic Organizers
- Consider working as a PLC, PLT or department to populate these folders
- Create one folder for your content rather than separate folder for courses
- you can create a folder within a folder if there are specific documents for certain classes
- Remember to change share permissions for the content in these folders to “view only” since all of your students could have access to the content.
Google Classroom About Section
- Add the link to the Google folder that contains the frequently used content or reference materials
- Add a link to your Google Site, Edmodo page, Weebly page, etc.
- Remember that whatever you add first will be pushed down as you add more materials (this is why teachers decided to use a Google folder instead of just adding separate links)
This is just one way to think about organizing your Google Classroom.
As always, I’m here to help support you, so let me know if you need any help!