Dodd Middle School Open House Google Classroom Parent Tutorial

Summary of the Tool

Google Classroom is a blended learning platform available to all Dodd Middle School students.  This online classroom is where teachers post homework, class work, class notes, and general reminders.  It is also a platform students can use to safely communicate with one another about courses.  The Classroom allows the creation, distribution and grading of assignments in a paperless format on the cloud  Your student can never forget their homework at school again!

How Classroom Helps Dodd Students & Parents

The pedagogical uses of Google Classroom are endless.  The one that pertains most to parents is our ability to communicate and collaborate.  Classwork announcements will be posted at the start of the school day.  Links to videos, worksheets and class notes can be access from home by students and parents alike.  Assignments, both long term and short term will be posted as well.  You student will show you how to access her/his dashboard this week.  You may then access their assignments and completion rates through the dashboard.  Additionally, if your child is absent from class s/he can access an overview of what occurred and attempt to follow along from home.  Classroom’s cloud based access allows seamless real time communication between school and home.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.6

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.6

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.

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Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others. 

How to do it

Now that you have seen a brief overview of the parental uses for Google Classroom, ask your student to shared her/his login credentials with you and try it out yourself.  First type in the URL: www.classroom.google.com and it will bring you to the login page as pictured below.  

Classroom by Google

Select your student’s Cheshire email from the drop down list in the upper right hand corner.  If your student has never logged into your device with her/his Cheshire email you will have to type it in yourself.  Once logged in, you will be brought to the dashboard.  The dashboard shows each Classroom your student is enrolled in.  The dashboard displays the class name and the instructor name and picture.  The folder on the class pictures allows your student to go directly to the Google Drive folder that stores all assignments and worksheets created specifically for this class.  The plus sign in the top right of the screen allows the student to enroll in additional courses as the marking periods change and your student’s schedule changes.   Finally, the three bars in the upper left of the screen allows navigation between course, directly to assignment lists and setting management.

Classroom

Limitations

Google Classroom is   Google classroom is only available to users with a cheshire.k12.ct.us email.  This means that you will need to login using your student’s credentials.  Additionally, though classroom allows access at any time of day or night, students should not expect immediate feedback.  Students must be aware of the human limitations of using blended learning.  Outside of the school day or even while teaching another class, I may not be able to respond to the student’s post.  Additionally, all posts on Classroom are public to the entire class.  If a student or parent has a private question or concern please continue to email me at keelygarden@gmail.com

Conclusion

Google Classroom is an indispensable tool that is revolutionizing parents’ ability to understand their students’ coursework and assignments.  It is a window into the classroom that allows for parents, students and teachers to communicate without sending time consuming emails or making phone calls that interrupt the workday.  Google Classroom is essential in allows our students to make the transition to independent middle schoolers without cutting parents out of the communication loop.  Please use Classroom daily as a springboard for conversations about Dodd with your student.

Revision History/Audit Trail

Created by Keely Garden 8/2015

Updated by Keely Garden 9/2015

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