Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Exciting Updates to Google Classroom

Exciting Google Classroom news today!  Several new updates have been released, including long-awaited parent/guardian access and the ability to add topics to Classroom posts for easy filtering and organizing.  

If you’d like to set up parent access in Google Classroom, we’ve got some tips for you.  In the “Students” tab in your classroom, you will see the option to “Invite Guardians” for each student by typing in their guardian’s email addresses.

Parents will need to accept the invitation by clicking the “Accept” button in the email.

Google Classroom Email Invitation.jpg

Once they have accepted the invitation, the guardian’s email address will be attached to the student in every Google Classroom in which the student is enrolled.  Teachers are able to email all guardians with one click of a button and turn on summary emails which will automatically update guardians on Classroom activities. Guardians have the option to get summary emails weekly or daily.  The summary emails include:
  • Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
  • Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
  • Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers

You can see a preview of the guardian summary email here and read more about all the new updates  on Google’s blog.

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