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Are You Using Google Tools the Smartest Way Possible?
Note: If you’d like to read an in-depth Google Classroom review, this UMass article does a nice job.
Tips to spark collaboration between students
It’s obvious that digital tools help students team up and improve their skills together, but arguably more important is the teacher-student collaboration that Docs and Drive foster so effortlessly. Make no mistake. You are the one your students will collaborate with more than any other. When you provide your feedback electronically within an electronic document instead of via red pen, your students have actionable, clear, and legible advice.
Tip for assigning group work in Google Classroom:
Google has a relatively new feature called Individual Assignments, and you can use it to easily create group projects. Once you create an assignment, simply click and deselect the “All Students” dropdown, then manually select the students who should receive the assignment. Not only can you do this for assignments, but questions and announcements as well. Hooray for collaboration!
Bonus tip: How you name those group assignments, questions, and announcements is key. Add detail to make the various groups perfectly clear to both to you and your students.
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Article written by: Luke Trayser
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