What is Google Classroom?
Google Classroom is a free Google App that aims to simplify creating, distributing and assessing learning in a paperless way. Teachers can use Google Classroom to send announcements to entire classes, share resources, lesson notes, PowerPoints, diagrams, and home learning. Pupils can use it to access work covered in class in school, at home or on the go to complete home learning. Parents can use some of the features of Google Classroom to help engage with and support pupils in their home learning. It is a free resource that can be accessed from any device connected to the internet - laptops, desktop computers, Chromebooks, tablets or mobile phones.
Accessing Google Classroom
Pupils can access Google Classroom using the mobile apps (Android and iOS), or via a web browser by visiting www.classroom.google.com. They should sign in using their @broughtonprim.co.uk email address and password that has been sent out and should be in use already. Once pupils have logged in, they will see the class overview page.
To open the home learning, click on the appropriate section on the classwork tab. You will then see the work description and any attached documents.
The work has been set up to show the date and subject it is.
The simplest way to complete the home learning online is to open the attachment and complete your task in this document. When you are finished, click on the ‘Hand in’ button. You can even add your own attachments, such as photos, audio clips, videos, etc. Once the home learning has been viewed by the teacher, you can see any feedback and comments made by opening the home learning task as before.
Children can message the teacher directly with any questions or comments about the task using the private comments box.
We do intend to use the ‘Meet’ feature to arrange some online meetings, live lessons and register every day with the class. We believe that the children would benefit from seeing their teachers and classmates in some form. This has been set up in such a way that children are not able to start their own meeting or join any meetings not set up by staff within the Google classroom, but instead will only be able to join the assigned meetings on their calendar. See separate email about this.