Did you know that since Google Classroom launched three years ago, students have submitted more than 1 billion assignments? As the school year is quickly approaching, Google has announced 10 updates to Classroom and Forms designed to make teachers’ lives easier this school year.

Here are six of the updates that make us here at NWOCA most excited.

1. Single view of student work: To help teachers track individual student progress, Classroom now has a dedicated page for each student that shows all of their work in a class. More on this feature. read more

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Google Classroom logoIt’s hard to believe that today is August 1st already! In just a few short weeks, your students will be returning to the classroom. Today’s Tuesday Tech Tips email has to do with Google Classroom. Whether you’re a seasoned user or a teacher who is planning to use Google Classroom for the first time, we’ve got you covered.

For those new to Google Classroom, be sure and visit our NWOCA Training website. There, you will find lots of information – two pieces stand out for new Google Classroom users. First, you can watch this archived webinar (and accompanying presentation) that will provide an overview of the Google Classroom product. Then, use this handy checklist to build your skills. Each item on the checklist is linked to a very short tutorial video. The best advice we can give is just to dive right in! read more

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In Google Classroom, you can now give assignments to all students, individual students, or groups of students just with a few checkboxes. 
Go to Google Classroom and click on the plus sign to start a new announcement, question, or assignment. When it pops up, you will notice a new drop down menu…..All Students. 

Here you can decide which students will receive your post. By default, each post is set to All Students. If you would like to only have a few students receive it, click on the All Students drop down menu and select the students that you want to send it to.   read more

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by John Mansel-Pleydell

Google Classroom will integrate with many third party websites allowing you to post assignments directly to your classroom stream from another website. Create quizzes in one website and post them as assignments in Classroom.

Casey Bell (Shake Up Learning) has posted a list of 35 sites that integrate with Google Classroom. The original post is here. http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/20-awesome-apps-that-integrate-with-google-classroom/
The list is repeated below for your convenience.


1. American Museum of Natural History

(programs and educational resources)

2. cK-12

(library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications)

3. Alma

(learning management system)

4. Buncee

(presentation tool)

5. Google Cultural Institute

(collections of art, exhibits, and archives from across the globe)

6. Curiosity.com

(educational content, videos, and more)

7. Discovery Education

(educational content, videos, and more)

8. Dogo News

(news articles for kids)

9. DuoLingo

(language learning platform)

10. EdPuzzle

(interactive video lessons)

11. Edulastic

(interactive, common core assessments)

12. Flat

(music score editor for students)

13. Imagine Easy Scholar

(develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills) 14. 

Gale Cengage Learning read more

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