Resource Introduction: Google Classroom

What is it?

Classroom is Google’s answer to online classroom systems like Moodle, Blackboard, TeacherWeb, or My Big Campus.  Unlike those resources, Classroom offers simple, streamlined interaction that is easy to master and convenient for students and parents. The best part?  It’s a Google product, so it merges seamlessly with Google Drive and the rest of their products.

How can I use it?

You can use Classroom to post announcements with or without attachments or links.  Students are notified of these updates through email. You can use Classroom to post assignments, and it will automatically create copies for each student, even filing those documents in the appropriate folder in Drive.  You can use Classroom to communicate through email quickly.  Those are the three main uses, but more are available, and Google keeps updating the service with teacher-requested changes!

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use Google Classroom in your school. Ask them for help!

At McCord, Connie Root, Marilyn Waite, Dave Budas, Rob Redd, and Brian Mitchell

At Arbor Hills, Karma Vince, Heather Musgrove, Alyssa Gottschalk, and Tony Cutway

At Timberstone, Lauren Clark, Marilyn Waite, Mike Burke, and Chris Harrington

At Southview, Paul Moffitt, Shelley Bielak, and Melissa Tusing

At Northview, Darla Omey, John Word, John Eckhart, Kathryn Nelson, Karolynn Nowak, Pat Johnson, Lauren Stewart, and Don Wachowiak

At Maplewood, Jenny Grafitti

At Central Trail, Michelle Morgan, Christina Renz, and Julie Bennett

At Highland, Kyle Newnham, Megan Mitchell, and Kayla Wiemers

At Stranahan, Amanda Sanderson

At Hill View, Kayla Nowacki 

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

Check out this short video by Amy Mayer to help you get started.  Then, check out Sylvania’s PD session page in this site for more information.

Resource Links

Google Classroom

Google Classroom app for Android or IOS

Amy Reilly’s extended “Google Classroom Tutorial” 

The Gooru’s “Everything You Need to Know in Google Classroom, Part 1”

The Gooru’s “Everything You Need to Know in Google Classroom, Part 2”

The Gooru’s “Everything You Need to Know in Google Classroom, Part 3”

How-To Videos

“Doctopus+ Classroom + Goobric = :)” Yay! (Video 10:43)

Snap a Photo in Google Classroom (Video 0:20)

Share from Other Apps in Google Classroom (Video 0:20)

Google for Education YouTube Channel


Google’s blog post on recent updates (6/29/15), including the new share button.

August 2015 Update Discussion

Share to Classroom Extension for Google Chrome