Check out this guide to get started with Google Classroom. Click here.
Google Classroom is not a fully fledged Learning Management System. However, when coupled with a formalised school markbook/gradebook (which in many schools is often separate from the LMS anyway), Google Classroom provides the perfect simple interface for all day to day communication and sharing with students and collection of student work.
The big advantage of Classroom is it’s simplicity and complete integration as a native Google App. If your students and teachers are already signing in to their Google accounts, why not reduce the need to go somewhere else and capitalise on the benefits that Google Classroom can offer? Think of it as an organisation piece for your classroom, that automatically organises students’ Google Docs for the teacher and takes care of the correct share settings for students.
For the less tech inclined, Google Classroom is very easy to learn. All the basics are doable within a couple minutes, a Technology Coach’s dream. For the ‘power user’, through the use of Google Add Ons and Chrome Extensions, it’s possible for a host of flexible options for these techy lovers to jump on.
Better than any Learning Management System, from K to 12, Google Classroom hits the mark. Often times, simple is best.
Check out the new "Google Classroom: Getting Started" guide.
You know those annoying reminders that pop up on your browser, letting you know that in 10 mins a calendar event is about to start?
You should bid them farewell.
In Google Calendar, go to your calendar settings.
A little way down the page you’ll find Notifications. Tick Use browser notifications instead of interruptive alerts. Also tick Play sound (if you’d like).
Google Chrome will now ask to Show notifications. Click Allow. From now on, you’ll receive a simple and less intrusive notification in the top right corner of your screen.
Have you tried updating your school iPads to iOS 8 recently? If so, you will probably receive an error where iBooks can’t be installed. However, if you look on the iPad you’ll see that iBooks is actually preinstalled with iOS 8. The error message is there because Apple Configurator is trying to install iBooks but it is now already there… always.
To avoid this error message in Apple Configurator, delete the iBooks app from the list of apps with the minus button (don’t worry, this won’t remove iBooks from the iPad). Now click refresh and you shouldn’t get the error message again.
This might also be the case with apps like Podcasts etc.
More details to follow, including new documents in the Apple Configurator section of this site.
Apple Configurator is a great way to manage iPads but are you having trouble figuring out how to update the apps on these iPads? This simple step by step guide should help: download.
“If you have supervised devices with Apple Configurator and you lose the Apple Configurator data files, the devices will still be supervised by the Mac that is running Configurator, but Apple Configurator will not be able to reinstall app backups or user data onto those supervised devices.
It is especially important to back up Apple Configurator information if you are using VPP codes. After a VPP code has been redeemed, only the Apple Configurator database keeps a record of what device that code was redeemed for. If this database is lost, and the app is deleted from the device, Apple Configurator will not be able to reuse the redeemed code in order to install the app, and you will need to purchase and redeem additional codes to replace the app on a device.”
Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5194?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
Here’s a great game to use in your classroom with your students. It’s a clever way to have fun with letters and numbers.
The game includes the clock sound effect from the British gameshow, Countdown. Visit and bookmark the site here. Countdown has been airing in the UK on Channel 4 since 1982 and is based on the French program Des chiffres et des lettres.
The Australian version, Letters and Numbers (named to avoid confusion with the long running Countdown music show on ABC TV in the 1970s and 1980s), aired on SBS from 2010 to 2012. The show is currently being “rested”. The UK version was being broadcast on SBS but is also no longer airing.
Hopefully SBS can return Letters and Numbers or Countdown to the airwaves as it is a great way to encourage students to exercise their minds for literacy and numeracy.