Google Classroom in Upper KS2
I have been using Google Apps for Education for sometime now and recently I have been using Google Classroom with all my Upper KS2 classes. The first thing that I did was create each of the classes a stream and I then invited each of the pupils to join the class.
During the following week spent sometime in my lessons introducing the children to the classroom and within seconds the children in the classes were posting on the stream. I told my pupils that we are going to use Google Classroom to work collaboratively in and out of lessons.
Just before we broke up for our Christmas break my Year 6 classes were working on Scratch games and at the end of term I asked them to upload them to the Google Classroom. Within minutes every child in the class had uploaded and posted their scratch game. This meant that I could easily access and download them. I was then able to add my comments to each child’s game and in this screen shot the child has also replied to my comment.
Another really good feature of Google Classroom is the ability to create assignments using Google Drive, which can then be easily shared with the pupils in the class. I have been using this feature at the end of each unit by setting an evaluation assignment for the pupils to complete.
The good thing about the assignment setting function is that you can specify how you want the assignment to delivered to the pupil. In this instance I set the assignment to give one copy per pupil so that they could fill in the assignment and submit it back to me once they had completed it. Each pupil could do this by clicking the turn in button. I can then mark these assignments and return them back to the pupil all within Google classroom.
I think Google Classroom is an excellent addition to Google Apps for Education and I am looking forward to its further development.
More info at https://classroom.google.com