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Google Classroom management can be challenging, especially if you’re looking for specific insight or trying to enforce granular rules for your digital k-12 classrooms. 

But if there’s one thing you can be sure of is ‘EdTech always gives you more power’ — You just need to learn how to optimise your toolbelt for your benefit.

In this post we’ll look at some Google Classroom management challenges K-12 System admins and teachers face, along with 7 powerful tactics to try out this year.

7 Google Classroom Management Tactics for k-12 schools

Keep students safe online

As we lead through our digital classroom(s), our students’ online safety becomes a major concern. 

There’s a lot to look out for, from cyberbullying to posting hurtful comments or viewing inappropriate /harmful content.

To take care of this tricky bit you need TWO things:

I. Use a Security and Monitoring Tool for your School 

From there you can control the Tech side of things by:

    •  Monitoring internet browsing
    • Getting alerts about the use of ‘Bad language’ and specific search queries
    • Blocking unapproved websites
    • Setting up a policy to ban risky apps for students
    • Bulk removing phishing emails
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II. Raise Student’s Awareness 

It’s their first line of defence against online danger AKA the new ‘Stranger Danger’.

    • Have them complete Google’s Be Internet AwesomeIt will teach them about digital citizenship and internet safety in a gamified environment.

 

Use a Class Calendar, and a to-do list

Because Google Classroom is where you set assignments, grade work, post announcements and feedback, etc. it can get messy by time.

Populating a class calendar and a to-do list helps you and your students stay organized and manage your digital collaboration there better.

Try this tactic at the start of the new school year and it’ll streamline your workflow from there.

 

Assign multiple teachers more often

Having a co-teacher can massively boost your Google Classroom management game with efficient coordination. 

A co-teacher can help the primary teacher manage and post information, differentiate instruction to specific students and share the workload (we all need that at some point, right?)

While co-teachers can basically do the same tasks as primary teachers, they can’t delete a class, remove the primary teacher, or mute another teacher in the class. Read more.

Keep Guardians ‘automatically’ involved

Guardians usually like to stay posted and involved in their children’s e-Learning process — That can sometimes lead to multiple inquiry calls/ emails/ texts daily.

With Google Classroom guardians can receive daily or weekly summary emails of their child’s assignment status. 

This helps keep the process more consistent and streamlined.

Admins can also use GAT+ to add and update Google Classroom guardians in Bulk. Read more.

 

Monitor and control students’ screens in REAL-TIME

Ensuring that students have the right tabs opened and not wandering off somewhere else online during class is crucial and can be tricky.

Using a real-time screen monitoring and tab blocking/ deployment tool like Teacher Assist teachers can easily solve this challenge from the root, without having to ask for admin or IT support.

 

Take accurate Google Classroom attendance

Real attendance goes beyond the traditional sign-in/ sign-off checkmark. 

You need to monitor how long students stay in the classroom and how much time they spend on each site while in class.

This helps you get the bigger attendance picture and ensure that students are actively engaged during class. 

A tool like GAT Shield would help you easily monitor such insight for all your classrooms, learn more.

 

Use an agenda timer to manage online sessions

This will give your classroom sessions more of a ‘timed structure’, help students follow through better and constantly know where the session is at. 

Also, when students are presenting, you can assign timed speaking slots to prompt them to prepare better ahead and limit the chances of presentations being too lengthy or going off topic.

PRO TIP: Use the TIM agenda timer to help students track quiz/exam time and consistently know where they should be at (‘conclusions’ part in an essay exam, etc).

 

Well, that’s it from us today. We hope that you’ve found our tactics useful —  For more on ‘How to take the physical classroom online in Google Workspace’ make sure to check our eguide here.

 

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