Feb 15, 2017

Customize Notifications in Google Classroom

A release came yesterday on the Google Classroom mobile app that allows both teachers and students to customize their notification preferences. Teachers can now select their preferences on the mobile app to alert them when:
  • A student submits work a second time after you've returned it to the student.
  • A student sends you a private note.
  • A student submits work after the due date.
  • A teacher invites you to teach a course as an additional teacher.
  • Someone comments on your post.
  • Someone mentions you in a post or comment.
Check out the help page for further details.

Jan 31, 2017

REGISTER NOW - Saturday Academy: Google Drive in the Classroom

Register now and join Ed Tech Training for an intensive, full-day professional development session with a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.

Two identical sessions are being offered: 
Saturday, April 8, 2017, and Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Both sessions will run from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm at the ACES Professional Development Center, 205 Skiff Street, Hamden, CT 06517.  Cost is $150 per attendee. [More Details]

The following topics will be presented during each session and will allow for plenty of hands-on, practical application time.
  • Explore Google Chrome and its many benefits not only as an Internet browser but also as a software platform for Google Apps for Education
  • Utilize Google Drive to create, collaborate and share
  • Learn to incorporate Google Classroom as your workflow platform
  • Discover how Google Forms can make data collection easy and more efficient

Jan 11, 2017

Google Classroom Updates - January 2017

Google recently released a few feature updates to Classroom based on user feedback.  The most meaningful is the ability for teachers to truly differentiate their assignments by selecting individual students to receive a posted assignment.  Teachers will also now receive two new notifications, one when a student submits work after the due date, and another for when students re-submit work.

For Apps Admins, Google has now included Classroom data within the console activity reports.  Metrics are available to see just how much Classroom is being used across your district.

The final release falls under the app's API development, which allows third-party software vendors to integrate their software more closely with Classroom.  Hopefully, Classroom integration becomes more readily available across all grade book software.  I've seen several that currently incorporate the Classroom API and know that all teachers could benefit from that type of integration.

Dec 19, 2016

Google Classroom Guardian Email Summary

Many have asked for a sample of the Guardian Email Summary that Google Classroom now produces to which parents can subscribe.  Here is a sample of what that weekly email summary looks like to the parents.

Please remember that parents must be invited by entering their email address next to the student's name on the Students page in Classroom.  Take note that Google now affords the opportunity for non-Gmail users to receive these summaries.  Once the parent accepts the invitation, they will begin receiving their weekly email summaries for all classes for which the teacher has enabled Guardian Email Summaries (also located on the Students page in Classroom).

As you can see toward the bottom of the email summary, parents will have the option to adjust a few settings and unsubscribe completely from the email.  Under the settings menu that parents are directed to, they can adjust the frequency of the email from weekly to daily or no summaries and can also adjust their time zone.

For more help with Guardian Email Summaries, please see this Google Classroom help page.