Sunday, January 10, 2016

Troubleshooting in Google Classroom for Beginners

Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
Week one of using Google Classroom has come to a close for me, and it's been the biggest game-changer already (for me) since interactive notebooks. Case in point--I have a lot to grade this weekend, but I brought home zero papers. This is what grading looks like now:
Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!

Earlier today, I was lounging on the couch, watching Netflix, and grading with my tablet, WOW.

So I'm sold on this Google Classroom thing, but it's not just me. My students love it, too. Here's a response to an exit ticket I got last Wednesday. (Oh, a digital exit ticket. I have a package of 20 you can get HERE.):
Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
I'm not quite sure how "being flashcards" will help us learn, but I'm really glad about the positive response I'm getting from the students.

 I truly am a facilitator with this set up. My class is so quiet it's a little unsettling while the students are working, and then there's a burst of noise, and I realize they've come to a pair-share or short discussion point. Quiet again. Then talking as they begin group work. The activities allow them to guide themselves.

And their discussions are good--relevant. I am free to work with students one-on-one or in small groups. I feel relaxed. I almost feel like I'm cheating. Isn't our job supposed to be a struggle? Aren't we supposed to be exhausted at the end of the day?

But we have run into issues, mostly from being completely new to the whole platform. The problems we've encountered were all easy fixes, and I've listed them for you here (and included a PDF for you to print and reference) in case you're just as new to Google Classroom as I am. Hopefully, this helps if you encounter any of these issues on your Google Classroom adventure.

  My students can’t edit the documents I’ve assigned them
Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
After you attach the document from drive, select “make a copy for each student.”










I’m editing an assignment, and I can’t find the “make a copy for each student option.”


Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
You can’t “make a copy” for each student in edit mode. You’ll have to delete the assignment and start over—sorry.












My students can’t edit slides on their mobile devices.


Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
They need to download the free Google Slides App.



 I can’t get a test or quiz in google forms to attach from drive.


Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
You can’t attach a Google Form. You have to add the link.




 I want a particular assignment to show up first in the stream.


Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
There is a “move to top” option.






 Students have turned in an assignment that they still need to work on.

Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
Send them a message to “unsubmit” the assignment and instruct them to complete or redo it.
If it’s past the due date, simply change the due date temporarily.

  I teach multiple sections of the same subject, and I want to use the same assignment for all of them, but I don't want to retype it all those times.


Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!
There is an option to post the same assignment to multiple classes.
If you forget, there is a “reuse post” option.

 I can’t get back to all of my classes when I am viewing a particular class. Seriously. This confused me at first.

Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!

Click on the three lines next to your class title and drop down options will appear. You can go to any of your classes from there or back to home.

A student accidentally deletes the slides or doc I’ve assigned her.

Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!

-Go into your drive, and make a copy of the original assignment (important to make a copy—you don’t want the student editing your original).
-Click “share” on the copy, and select “user can edit."
Email your student the link.
-When she completes the assignment, instruct her to go back to the assignment box in classroom and click “add,” and attach the document from drive before submitting.

My students can’t figure out how to attach documents and photos when submitting assignments.

Are you implementing Google Classroom but running into technical difficulties? I've got a ton of troubleshooting tips in this blog post, and I've even put them all into a PDF that you can download and save to your computer for easy future reference. Google Classroom has been a game-changer for my classroom, and I want it to be one for you, too!

Before they “turn in” the assignment, they should click “Add.” They will be prompted to add a file from their computer or Google Drive or to add a link.
Those are the only issues I've run into so far here at the beginning of my digital classroom journey. You can check out my interactive resources for Google Classroom HERE. They've been a big hit with my kids so far!

Do you use Google Classroom? If so, what are some issues you've encountered, and how have you fixed them? Let me know HERE or in the comments!

4 comments:

  1. This is a terrific help! Thanks, Leah!

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  2. Our district has ItsLearning, similar to Google Classroom. We just went 1:1 with Ipads. The problem is we used Chrome books up until now. They were now given to the middle school. The movable parts that we could use in an interactive activity in Chrome no longer can be movable in Ipad. I made the activities myself. Is there any way to actually make the parts movable on an Ipad? Would love any help if you might know...Renee From Science School Yard...K5sciencegal@gmail.com.

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    1. Hi! Take a look at tip #3. Students will need to download the Google Slides App, open it up, and use it in order to move the pieces on an Ipad or mobile device. If they open in Classroom, it will default to Docs, and the pieces won't move. If you share it with them in Classroom and they open the Slides App and sign in, it will be there, and they can edit and turn in in Classroom. I hope this helps! :)Leah

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