Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Google Classroom Feature

Hey y'all! It has been a long time, but shew wee things have been busy for me here in Kentucky. Winter break is over and its back to the grind for me, how about you? 

One of the biggest things for me since returning back to school is that I am now a 1:1 Chromebook classroom! I cannot explain how happy I am about this. Up until now 3 classes have shared a Chromebook cart of 30 computers and it worked well, but I am thankful to finally be 1:1 all of the time! 

While playing around with Google this past week I noticed a new, and very exciting, feature. Teachers are now able to upload assignment and only assign them to specific students. Before on Google Classroom all assignments where uploaded to all students, which made group assignments and differentiation difficult. 

This new feature is super user friendly. When you go to upload an assignment you just have to click where it says "All students" and then a new window with a list of your student names will show up. From then you just check which students you want to assign this activity to. 

One great thing about this is that the default feature is for all students to get each assignment that you upload. So, you don't have to worry about using this feature unless you want to assign an activity to a selected group of students. 

I can't wait to use this feature in my classroom for small group work and differentiation. Let me know how you plan on using this tool in your classroom!