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Google Classroom Challenge

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Set up a basic Google Classroom as “teacher” and participate in a basic Google Classroom as a “student.”


  1. In the “Teacher” role:
    1. Create and setup a Google Classroom.
    2. Create a topic to organize posts.
    3. Create an announcement.
    4. Create a question.
    5. Create an assignment.
    6. Grade an assignment.
  2. In the “Student” role:
    1. Reply to a question.
    2. Submit an assignment.

You can earn the “Google Classroom Challenge Finisher” badge of achievement if you successfully complete the workshop’s objectives.


Go paperless! Google Classroom is an online tool that integrates G Suite apps (i.e. Gmail, Google Drive/Docs, and Google Calendar) in one platform to help instructors and students connect with the course and each other, distribute and give feedback on assignments, and more. This is a great supplemental tool for use in the classroom and outside of the classroom. (Note: This is not a Laulima replacement tool.)

Classroom 101 video: https://youtu.be/GIN-EtPa0lw

Google Classroom Automation

When you create a Google Classroom, it will also automatically create a:

  • Classroom folder for you, the teacher, in your Google Drive (with sub-folders for each assignment when you create a new assignment). Sharing permissions are automatically applied when you create assignments using Google Docs.
  • Private folder in each student’s Google Drive that stores their Classroom’s assignments’ files/docs. Sharing permissions are automatically applied when students submit files to you from their Google Drive.
  • Shared Google Calendar for everyone in the class that will have due dates of assignments or posts you create. (Note: Not setting a time for the due date will create it as an all-day event.)


Getting Started

Create your Google Classroom

  1. Go to https://classroom.google.com/ and log in with your UH email address. When you’re re-directed to the UH login screen, login with your UH username and UH password.
  2. If this is your first time going to Google Classroom and you are asked your role, select “Teacher.”
  3. At the top-right, click on the + and Create Class to create a new class.
  4. Type in the class name. For practice you can use something like, FirstName Practice, e.g. Jane Practice. For a class you can use something like, CourseAlpha # (Sem Yr), e.g. BUS 101 (SP 17). Type in the section. E.g. 123456. You can leave the subject field blank. Click CREATE.

Change Classroom Theme

  1. On your classroom’s page, click on Select theme or Upload photo (if you have your own banner photo you’d like to use).
  2. Select your banner from the Gallery or Patterns. Or upload your own picture.

Edit Classroom “About” Information and Posting Permissions

  1. Click on the About tab in your Google Classroom.
    1. Update the information in there, as needed, and click on Save.
    2. You can also add “class materials” (i.e. files, files from Google Drive, YouTube videos, or web links) like a course syllabus by clicking on the section that says, Add class materials… at the bottom.
  2. Click on the Student tab in your Google Classroom.
    1. You can email students from the roster.
    2. You can change the permissions students have to contribute to the Classroom stream.

Create “Topics”

Create “Topics” as tags/labels to organize announcements, assignments, etc. that you create in the Google Classroom so they can be organized in categories when trying to find certain things. Think of what organization works best for you. Some suggestions:

  1. By topic/module/category like “Descriptive Essay” for all posts (i.e. announcements, assignments, questions) related to the topic of “Descriptive Essay” or “Project 1” for all posts related to “Project 1”.
  2. By week, for example, “Week 5”, for all posts (i.e. announcements, assignments, questions) related to week 5’s activities.

“Teacher” Challenges

  1. Put yourself in the role of the “Teacher.” If you’re not already logged into Classroom, go to https://classroom.google.com/ and log in with your UH email address. When you’re re-directed to the UH login screen, login with your UH username and UH password. Click into the Google Classroom (for practice) that you created earlier for this workshop.
  2. Create the following in your Google Classroom as the “Teacher.” (20 mins.)
    1. Create a short answer question. Ask the class to share three favorite things. Set the due date to be today at the time the workshop ends. Label it as “Introduction”. (Later when you grade, make the question worth 10 points.)
    2. Create a multiple choice question. Ask the class what division they’re in. Set four options and an “Other” option. Set the due date to be today at the time the workshop ends. Label it as “Introduction”. Allow students to see the class summary. (Later when you grade, make the question worth 10 points.)
    3. Create an assignment. Title it “A01 Autobiography Essay”. In the “Instructions” box, type “Click on the “Create” button > “New doc” to generate a Google doc for your assignment submission. Then, on your Google doc, type three sentences about yourself.” Set the due date to be two days from now (and don’t specify a time). Label it as “Introduction”. (Later when you grade, make the assignment worth 50 points.)
    4. Reply to a student’s response to the short answer question. (This part will come after your partner completes the activities in your Classroom.) Give feedback by leaving a comment on the student’s doc and put a score on the assignment in Classroom. Return assignment to student.

“Student” Challenges

  1. Do the following in your partner’s Google Classroom as a “Student.” (15 mins.)
    1. With your partner, add yourself into each other’s Classrooms.
    2. In your partner’s Classroom, answer the short answer and multiple choice questions.
    3. Submit the assignment by writing three sentences about yourself.
    4. Explore other things as a “student” in Classroom like checking out the Google Calendar in the “About” page.

De-brief and Tips

  1. Review activities and expand on other ways to use each tool.
    1. Q/A – instructor can attach files, links, video. You can use it as a discussion forum.
    2. M/C – students can see summary of responses after they submit
    3. Assignment – You can either generate assignment docs (Google Docs) for each student based on a doc you created (like a worksheet they fill out or even a blank doc with instructions at the top for an essay) or have students attach a file.  Generating docs based on your doc will give you options to create a doc for each student, view only, or whole class can edit, and apply necessary sharing permissions for you and each student. The other option for attachment is where the student can create a new Google Doc for their assignment submission (and it titles the doc automatically and with the student’s name and applies necessary sharing with the instructor).
      1. Export grades to a Google Sheet or .cvs file to then input into Laulima Gradebook.
      2. You can create an assignment for anything. For instance, Google Forms Quizzing does a better job at grading, but you can post it in Classroom as an Assignment to make it accessible to students where there other things are posted. Simply copy the View link of your Google Form and create the assignment in Classroom. Click on the “link” button to paste the Google Form link. (You’ll still have to manually type their score into Classroom from the Google Forms results.)
      3. If you want students to peer review each other’s assignments, one way you can go about it is by assigning it as you normally would in Classroom, but you’d have the students add their peer reviewer to their Google Doc, as one would normally do using Google Docs. Contact Rachael at rinake@hawaii.edu so we can discuss the best way that will work for you and your students.
      4. If you want to do small group assignments, one way you can go about it is by creating the assignment as you normally would for each student. One group member would share his/her assignment (Google Doc) with the group and would be responsible for submitting his/her assignment in Classroom on behalf of the group. When you grade, the other group members won’t have a submission, but you’d just put the same grade for each group member. Contact Rachael at rinake@hawaii.edu so we can discuss the best way that will work for you and your students.
    4. Tips and Notes:
      1. Class comments for every post.
      2. Private comments available on student posts/submissions.
      3. Leaving the time blank will make it an all-day event on the calendar and the default will be midnight.)
      4. Use topics and number scheming to keep organized.
      5. Reuse posts from other Classrooms. Click on the + and Reuse Post.
      6. Don’t set up every assignment ahead of time because it will email students immediately. (Or if you don’t have students in there yet, they won’t get the email notification reminder.)
      7. Email notifications are by default. How to setup filters in Gmail to manage the flux of emails.
      8. Link your Google Classroom into Laulima. To get the main link to your Classroom, click on the Stream tab and copy the URL at the top. In Laulima, click on Site Info > Edit Tools > checkmark Web Content. Type a title for the tool and paste the link for your Classroom. Click Save and Finish.
  2. How do you see using Google Classroom as a supplement/enhancement for your classroom?
  3. At the end of the semester you can archive your Google Classroom. All files will remain in your Google Drive.


  1. Google Classroom: Click on the menu on the classroom box and “archive”. You can then go into your archive to delete it.
  2. Google Drive: Delete Google Drive folder. Empty trash. If you’re a student in someone’s classroom, you may have to check your “Recent” for any docs that you are the owner of, therefore, haven’t been deleted by the “instructor,” and then delete and empty your trash.
  3. Google Calendar: Hover over the calendar and click the drop-down arrow > Calendar Settings. “Permanently delete this calendar.”



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