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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Introduction 

First Login 

Create and Customize Your Class 

Teacher Navigation 

Class Settings 

Set Up Grading 

Set Up Grade Categories 

Adding Students with a Class Code 

Inviting Students with Email 

Add Announcements to the Stream 

Create an Assignment 

Assignments with Attachments 

Create a Quiz Assignment 

Create a Question 

Add Class Materials 

Reuse Posts 

Create Topics to Organize Classwork 

Reorder and Filter Classwork Topics 

Managing the Classwork Page 

View and Update Your Gradebook 

Grade and Return an Assignment 

The Student Work Page 

Communication 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Give Feedback on Assignments with Grading Tool 

Using the Comment Bank 

Main Menu Navigation 

Google Classroom Homepage 

Google Calendar Integration 

Google Drive Folder Structure 

Google Classroom Global Settings 

Archiving Classes 

Communication 

Google Classroom Tips 

More Resources from Shake Up Learning 

About the Author 

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GOOGLE CLASSROOM 

Google Classroom is a free application designed to help students and teachers communicate, collaborate, 

manage assignments, go paperless, and stay organized. 

This cheat sheet will give you step-by-step instructions for using Google Classroom on the web, setting up 

classes, creating announcements, discussions, assignments, assignment management and tips! You will also 

find helpful screenshots of Google Classroom. This reference guide is great for new users and full of handy 

reminders and tips for more experienced users. There are additional links and resources included in this 

cheat sheet. If you are viewing this electronically, the links should be clickable. 

Things You Should Know: 

  • G Suite for Education: Google Classroom is available to both personal Google accounts and G Suite 

for Education accounts, however, you should only use Google Classroom with your school account. 

  • Grade levels: Google Classroom can be used at any grade level, depending on the skills of the teacher 

and the skills of the students. Students will need to be able to login to Google Classroom using their 

Google credentials. 

  • Google Chrome: To maximize the features in Google Classroom on the web, teachers and students 

should use the Google Chrome Browser. Google Chrome is a fantastic learning environment for all 

things Google! 

  • Google Classroom Mobile App: The Google Classroom mobile app is available on iOS and Android

(Functionality will vary.) 

  • Menus: Google uses two symbols across Google Classroom, and other Google applications (including 

mobile applications) to represent menus and more actions: 

three lines = menu (usually the main menu) 

three dots = more actions (additional options and actions) 

Anytime you see these symbols, there are additional features, actions or options to explore. 

  • Support: Google offers a great support page available here: support.google.com/edu/classroom 
  • Additional Resources: You will find additional Google Classroom tips and resources here: 

shakeuplearning.com/googleclassroom 

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Note: You cannot change your role later, so be sure to select the correct role. If you or your students select 

the incorrect role, you must contact your G Suite administrator to correct the error. 

Check out this post for 6 Tips for Getting Started with Google Classroom: 

shakeuplearning.com/gettingstartedgc 

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FIRST LOGIN FOR TEACHERS 

Go to classroom.google.com

The first time you arrive at the Google 

Classroom website (if you have never logged in) 

you will see a screen like the one to the right. 

CLICK “Go to Classroom” button

LOGIN 

You will then be prompted to login with your 

Google credentials. If you are using Google 

Classroom with K12 students, you must use 

your G Suite for Education account (School 

Login). 

After you enter your email and password, CLICK 

“Continue”. 

SELECT YOUR ROLE 

Teachers, please select the teacher role. 

  • Teacher role: Can create and join 

classes in Google Classroom. 

  • Student role: Can ONLY join classes in 

Google Classroom. 

CREATE AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR CLASS 

  1. Create and Name Your Class 

Click the + to create a class. 

Enter a name for your class, and be consistent across all of your classes. (Section, subject 

and room are all optional fields.) Then, CLICK “Create.” 

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Ready to Learn More Google Tips? Go to ShakeUpLearning.com/google-resources

TEACHER NAVIGATION 

Main Menu (3 lines): Access all of your classes, global settings, calendar, and more from this menu. 

Stream: This is your communication hub, where you can create and schedule announcements for 

your class. You can customize what appears on the page for you and your students in the class 

settings. 

Classwork: The Classwork page is where you will create, distribute, and organize assignments, 

questions, and class materials. 

People: The People page is where you will add students and co-teachers to your class. 

Grades: The Grades page is where you view and update your gradebook. 

Class Settings: Add class details, access the class code, determine student permissions, and set up 

grading. 

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CLASS SETTINGS 

Each class you create in Google Classroom has its own settings. Here you can update your class details, view 

the class code, determine who can post on the stream, set classwork on the stream notifications, and set-up 

grading. 

To access the class settings, go to the Class settings icon (top-right)

UPDATE CLASS DETAILS 

You can change or update the class details that you entered when you created the class in the Class Details 

section at the top of the settings page. 

SET STUDENT PERMISSIONS TO POST AND COMMENT 

  • Posts are ideas, questions, or information that students share. Students can add files such as images, 

links, or YouTube videos to their posts. 

  • Comments are text-only responses to posts. 
  • Students can't edit their posts or comments, but they can delete them. Teachers can delete any post 

or comment, and see deleted posts and comments. 

In the Class settings, under General, next to Stream, click “Students can post and comment” and then 

choose a permission: 

  • Students can post and comment

This option is the default. Students 

can post to the Stream page and 

comment on any item. 

  • Students can only comment

Students can comment on an 

existing post, but can't create a post. 

  • Only teachers can post or comment

Students can't post or comment on the Stream page. This option mutes all students. 

TIP: When discussing the use of student posts and comments, use this as a teachable moment to discuss 

online etiquette and digital citizenship skills. 

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SET UP GRADING 

The third section in Class Settings will allow you to set up your grading options. This is completely optional. 

You do not have to track grades in Google Classroom. For your grading system, you can choose Total points 

or Weighted by category grading. In both, grades are calculated for you, and you can let students see their 

overall grade. 

If you don’t want to use a grading system, you can choose No overall grade. Grades won’t be calculated and 

students can’t see an overall grade. 

You can also organize classwork with grade categories, such as Essays, Homework, and Tests. For example, if 

your class has four essay assignments, you can organize them in an Essays category. 

Adding grading systems and creating grade categories is only available in the web version of Classroom (not 

mobile). 

To have grades calculated for you and an option to let students see their overall grade, use Total points or 

Weighted by category grading. 

Next to Overall grade calculation, select one: 

  • No overall grade: Grades aren’t calculated for students. Students can’t see an overall grade. 
  • Total points: Divides total points earned by total points possible. You can let students see an 

overall grade. 

  • Weighted by category: Adds the scores across categories. You can let students see an overall 

grade. 

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SET UP GRADE CATEGORIES 

In Class settings, under the 

Grading section, categories, click 

Add Grade Category

Enter a grade category. 

Depending on how you choose 

to have your grades calculated, 

you will see the option to enter 

points or percentage. 

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If you choose the TOTAL POINTS OPTION

Under Default points, enter a whole 

Number. 

If you choose the WEIGHTED BY CATEGORY 

OPTION: Under Percentage, enter a whole 

number.(To save, weights must add up to 

100%.) 

Continue to add as many grade 

categories as you need. 

Once you have added your categories, points, and or weights, don’t 

forget to click the SAVE button at the top-right of the page. 

To learn more about how to use the grading system in Google Classroom, CLICK HERE

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ADDING STUDENTS WITH A CLASS CODE (Easiest Option) 

To enroll students in your class, you need to invite them or give them a code to join. In some cases, 

your school can add students for you. (Note: Students can un-enroll themselves from classes. If 

they unenroll, their grades are removed.) 

When you create a class, Classroom will generate a class code that you can give to your students 

that will allow them to join your class. This six digit code is unique to your domain and your class. 

Find your class code by going to the Class settings icon (top-right)

Under the General section, you will find the Class code. Click the drop down arrow to display 

the code for your students, copy it, reset it, or disable it. 


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INVITING STUDENTS WITH EMAIL (More time-consuming) 

You have the option to invite students to join your Class. 

Go to the People page. 

Click on the add student icon. 

Begin typing the email address of the student you wish to invite. As you enter text, an 

autocomplete list might appear. Under Search results, click a student or a group. 

To invite more students or groups, repeat step 3. Then, after you have added all the 

students you wish to invite, Click Invite

After you email the invitation, the class list updates to show the names of invited students. Student 

must accept the invitation from their Google Classroom homepage in order to join your Class. 

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ADD ANNOUNCEMENTS TO THE STREAM 

Announcements are a great way to communicate with your students. Add reminders, campus 

announcements, friendly messages, anything appropriate for your students. 

On the Stream page, click in the box at the top where it says, “Share something with your class,” 

to add a new announcement. A new announcement compose box will pop-up, giving you the 

following options: 

Select the class or multiple classes to post the announcement using the drop-down arrow. (If 

you have multiple classes, you can push it out to multiple classes at once.) 

Select the student, groups of students, or all students using the drop-down arrow. This 

allows you to differentiate announcements that are for individuals, groups, or whole class. 

Add the text of your announcement. 

Optionally, attach files to your announcement. 

Click “Post” to publish the announcement, or use the drop-down arrow to save as a draft or 

schedule it. 

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CREATE AN ASSIGNMENT 

On the Classwork page, you can add assignments, quizzes, pose questions, 

add classroom materials, and even reuse old posts. To create an assignment 

from the Classwork page, click on the “Create” button, and select 

Assignment.” 

A new assignment creation window will open with the following options: 

Add the title of your assignment and description. 

(Tip: Number your assignments.

Attach any existing files, links, or YouTube videos that are related 

to the assignment using the “Add,” button. 

You can also click on the “Create” button to create new Google files to attach to the assignment. 

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CREATE AN ASSIGNMENT (continued) 

Select the class or multiple classes to post the announcement using the drop-down arrow. (If 

you have multiple classes, you can push it out to multiple classes at once.) 

Select the student, groups of students, or all students using the drop-down arrow. This 

allows you to differentiate assignments that are for individuals, groups, or whole class. 

Optionally, add the point 

value for the assignment or 

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select “Ungraded.” 

Add the due date and time. 

Add a topic to organize 

assignments by topic. 

(More on topics on page 22.) 

Optionally, attach a rubric. 

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Assign, schedule, or save as a 

draft. 


CLASSROOM TIP! 

You can attach multiple files, videos, and links to your assignments, so be sure to include all of the 

resources that are needed for each post. This feature is also a great way to offer choice in your 

assignments! List all of the options for reaching the learning goal with the assignment to differentiate for 

your students. 

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ASSIGNMENTS WITH ATTACHMENTS 

You can add attachments to your assignment, such as files from your computer, Google Drive files, 

YouTube videos, or links. 

To decide how students interact with an attachment, next to the attachment, click the Down arrow 

and choose an option: 

Students can view file: All students can 

read the file, but not edit it.

Students can edit file: All students share 

the same file and can make changes to it.

Make a copy for each student: Students 

get their own copy of the file with their 

name added to the document title. For 

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files, both you and the student can edit the document. 

When students turn in the assignment, they can’t edit the document until you return it to 

them. 

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CREATE A QUIZ ASSIGNMENT 

To create a quiz assignment from the Classwork page, click on the “Create” 

button, and select “Quiz assignment.” Classroom creates a blank quiz using 

a Google Form and attaches it to the assignment. 

Click on the “Blank Quiz” attachment to edit the quiz and add questions 

before you assign to students. 

If you are using Google Classroom to track grades, you have the option to 

toggle on grade importing to save you time. 

For more help with quiz assignments, CLICK HERE. 

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CREATE A QUESTION 

To create a question assignment from the Classwork page, click on the 

Create” button, and select “Question.” 

Enter the question and any instructions. 

Choose short answer or multiple choice question type from the drop down. 

For short-answer questions, you can check the boxes to allow students 

to reply to each other and edit their answer after they submit. 

  • If you allow students to reply to each other, students can view and comment on their classmates' 

answers after answering the question.To prevent students from seeing each other's answers, click 

the switch to the off position Off. Note: There is no character limit for short-answer questions. 

For multiple choice questions, click Option 1 and enter the first answer option. Click Add option 

and add as many options as you want. (Optional) To delete an option, next to it, click the X to remove. 

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Be default, when students turn in a question, they see a class summary of answers. To turn off this 

feature, next to Students can see class summary, click the switch to the off position. 

Select “Ask” to post the question for your students, or choose to schedule or save as draft. 


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ADD CLASS MATERIALS 

As a Classroom teacher, you can post resource materials, such as a syllabus, 

classroom rules, or topic-related reading, to the Classwork page. Like other 

types of posts on the Classwork page, materials can be organized by topic, 

reordered, and scheduled to post later. 

To add class materials to the Classwork page, click on the “Create” button, 

and select “Material.” 

Add a title and description of the materials. 

Attach or create files. 

Post, schedule, or safe as draft. 

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REUSE ASSIGNMENTS, QUESTIONS, OR 

MATERIALS 

You can reuse an announcement, assignment, or question from a class. 

When you reuse a post, you can: 

  • Use it in the original class or in a different class. 
  • Make copies of any attachments, including rubrics, or add new ones. 
  • Modify the post before you publish it. 
  • Note: You can reuse assignments with rubrics on the web or mobile 

versions of Classroom. You can create, edit, or add rubrics only on the 

web. 

To reuse an assignment, from the Classwork page, click on the “Create” 

button, and select “Reuse post.” 

A list of your classes will appear in a pop-up window. Click the class that has the post you 

want to reuse. 

A list of posts for that class will appear in a pop-up window. Click the post you wish to 

reuse. (Optional) If you’re copying this post to a different class, and don’t want to link 

multiple classes to the same attachments, check the Create new copies of all attachments 

box. This creates new documents in the Drive folder of the class you are reusing this post in. 

Click Reuse. (Optional) Change any information. Add or delete any attachments. 


Notes: If the post was originally sent to individual students, the post defaults to all students 

when you reuse it, but you can select individual students again if you want. You can’t post to 

individual students across multiple classes. Posts to multiple classes are shared with all 

students in the classes. 

If your reused post has a rubric, you can edit the rubric in your new assignment. Your edits 

don’t affect the rubric in the original assignment. 

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CREATE TOPICS TO ORGANIZE CLASSWORK 

On the Classwork page, you can group assignments, questions, and class 

materials under topics. Think of topics as modules or units, and the 

assignments or materials as individual lessons and activities. You can reorder 

the posts under a topic, and rearrange topics to follow your curriculum. You 

don’t have to use topics for posts. If you don’t assign a topic, the post 

shows at the top of the Classwork page. 

To create a topic from the Classwork page, click on the “Create” button, and 

select “Topic.” Enter the topic name and click Add

To add a topic to an existing assignment, next to the assignment or question, click More (3 dots) 

and then Edit. 

Next to No topic, click the drop down arrow and select the topic from your list. 

How you organize your classwork by topic is up to you. For ideas, check 

out this post, How to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom: 

shakeuplearning.com/organizegc. 

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REORDER AND FILTER CLASSWORK TOPICS 

When you move a topic, all its content also moves. Only teachers can reorder topics. (Note: 

Students can only see topics with published posts.) 

REORDER TOPICS 

To move a topic and reorder, simply click-and-drag the topic section on the Classwork page, or 

next to the Topic name, click More (3 dots) and then Move up or Move down

REORDER ASSIGNMENTS UNDER TOPICS 

Similarly, you can click-and-drag to reorder assignments within a topic, or use 

the 3 dots to move up and down. 

FILTER TOPICS 

You can see all your posts for one topic, and quickly move between topics by filtering. 

To filter your posts by topic, click a topic name on the left. (On smaller screen, 

the topics may appear at the top.) 

Click on All topics to view all topics at once. 

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MANAGING THE CLASSWORK PAGE 

Teachers can see and manage a lot of information from the Classwork page. Click on the title of an 

assignment to view at-a-glance information. 

Assignment topic 

More actions menu for the topic 

Assignment title 

Assignment due date (if it has one). 

More actions menu for the assignment 

Assignment instructions, date posted and edited 

How many students have turned in this assignment 

How many students were assigned this assignment but haven’t turned in. 

Click View assignment to open the Student work page. 


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VIEW AND UPDATE YOUR GRADEBOOK 

Click on the Grades tab to open your gradebook. 

On the Grades page, you can view, grade, and return a student’s submission. 

You might notice that the work or grade status is color coded: 

  • Red—Missing work. 
  • Green—Turned in work or draft grade. 
  • Black—Returned work. 

Other colors are based on your class theme and don’t indicate work or grade status. 

You can enter student grades directly into a cell in your gradebook. 

To view a student’s work submission from here, click on a cell for a student’s assignment. Then click 

More (3 dots), and then select View submission

The student’s work will open in a new tab. 

To learn more about the gradebook, CLICK HERE

CLASSROOM TIP! 

The process of turning in assignments may be confusing for students at first. Take the time to walk through 

a demo assignment with your students to demonstrate the process and your expectations. Create your 

own workflow for Google Classroom, and share the directions in the assignment. Bonus: Have students 

create tutorials for each other! 

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GRADE AND RETURN AN ASSIGNMENT 

In Classroom, you can give a numeric grade, leave comment-only feedback, or do both. You can 

also return assignments without grades. 

You can enter grades and return assignments from: 

  • The student work page. 
  • The grading tool. 
  • The grades page. 

Before viewing a student's assignment, you can see the status of student work, and the number of 

students in each category. 

Go to the Classwork page, click on the assignment, and then click View assignment

This opens the Student work page where you see the number and names of students grouped by 

work status: 

  • Assigned: Work that students have to turn in, including missing or unsubmitted work 
  • Turned in: Work that students turned in 
  • Graded: Graded work you’ve returned 
  • Returned: Ungraded (non-graded) work you’ve returned 
  • (Optional) To see the students in a category, click Turned in, Assigned, Graded, or Returned. 
  • To see a student’s submission, on the left, click a student’s name. 

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THE STUDENT WORK PAGE 

Go to the Classwork page, click on the assignment, and then click View assignment

The title of the assignment 

Student work files - Click on any file to open it with the grading tool. 

Student names, categorized by work status 

Grade and turn in status 


Teachers can enter grades, the gradebook, or using the grading tool (shown on the next page). 

To learn more about grading and returning work, CLICK HERE

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COMMUNICATION 

Private Comments vs. Class Comments 

There are two types of comments: private comments and class 

comments, which are viewable by the entire class (if this has been 

enabled in your comment settings). These are clearly labeled in the 

comment space, but students have to pay attention. Be sure to give clear directions on where you want them 

to comment. 

Student Comment Actions: 

On each student comment or post, you will have a more actions button (three 

dots). Using this button you can choose to delete or mute the Student. (This is 

handy if a student is abusing the comments privilege.) 

Automated Actions: 

Google Classroom will automatically send students email notifications every time you post an assignment, 

announcement or question in the class. (Note: Email notifications will only work if email is enabled for your 

students through your G Suite domain. Students also have the ability to turn off email notification in their 

settings.) 

Email Students from Google Classroom: 

You can email students or groups of students directly from the People page 

in your class. (Note: Email notifications will only work if email is enabled for 

your students through your G Suite domain.) 

  1. Select the student, or students that you would like to email using the 

checkbox. (Use the top checkbox to select all students.) 

  1. Then click the Actions drop-down, and choose Email
  2. A new window will open where you can compose and send your email. 

This is also where you can mute students from posting and commenting, as well as remove students from 

your class. 

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GIVE FEEDBACK ON ASSIGNMENTS WITH GRADING TOOL 

You can give your students personalized feedback with the Classroom grading tool. You can review 

assignments of any file type, and switch seamlessly between student work. You can also add 

margin comments and feedback, and grade and return work. 

Student name Use arrows to 

navigate to the next student’s work. 

Enter the grade here. 

Comment bank 

Communicate with your student by adding a private comment. 

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All of the student’s files for this assignment. 

COMMENT BANK 

If you enter the same comment for many students, you 

can save the comment to use later. The comment bank 

is tied to your Google Account, so you can access it from 

any computer. To edit and delete comments in the comment 

bank, go to classroom.google.com/g/cm

  1. From the grading tool, click on the comment bank 

Icon. 

  1. Click Add to comment bank and enter your 

Comment. 

  1. Click Add. 

(Optional) You can add multiple comments to the bank at 

the same time. 

  1. Click Add to bank, press Enter after each comment you write. This starts each comment on a 

new line, so your comments appear as a list. 

  1. When you finish, click Add. 

(Optional) You can add a list of prepared comments. Your prepared list should have one comment 

per line. 

  1. Click Add to bank, paste your list. 
  2. Click Add. 

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MAIN MENU NAVIGATION 

The main menu will always be available in the top-left (three lines). 

View Calendars 

Your work if you are enrolled as a student in any Classes. 


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5 Classes where you are enrolled as 

a student. 

Access to archived classes. 

Global settings for all Classes 

View all Student Work 

Classes you are teaching 


2 View all Classes 


GOOGLE CLASSROOM HOMEPAGE 


Below is an example of a Google Classroom homepage. There is a “card” for each class that you 

have created and for those in which you enrolled in as a student. You can click-and-drag these 

cards to re-order. 

Click the title of the class to go directly to that class. 

Click the folder icon in the bottom-right of each card to go directly to the folder for that class 

in Google Drive. 

Click the jagged arrow to go directly to the gradebook for that classroom. 

Click the more actions button (three dots) to: 

  • Move the class 

  • Edit the class 
  • Copy the class 
  • Archive the class 


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GOOGLE CALENDAR INTEGRATION 

Google Calendar is integrated into Google Classroom, which makes it easy for teachers and 

students to see assignment due dates and more in one location. Each assignment with a due date 

will automatically be added to that class’s Google Calendar. 

To access your calendar, go to the Main Menu (three lines) near the 

top-left of your screen. 

Select Calendar. (You can also access each class’s individual calendars 

from the Classwork page for each class. 


Here you and your students can view a weekly calendar of all of your classes together, or filter for 

each class. You can also click on an assignment to go directly to that assignment details page. 

To add other types of events to your Classroom calendar, like the date for your class field trip, you 

will need to go to calendar.google.com and add them to each class manually. Directions for 

creating events can be found here. 

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GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER STRUCTURE 

When you and your students connect to Google Classroom, Classroom will automatically create a 

folder structure for you in Google Drive. This automation makes organization for teachers and 

students so easy! You can access your folder anytime from Google Drive, or using the shortcut on 

the Google Classroom homepage, or the shortcut to individual classes from top of the Classwork 

page. 

Inside your Google Drive (google.com/drive), you will find one master folder titled, “Classroom.” 

  • Inside the master Classroom folder is a subfolder for each of the classes you have created. 

○ Inside each class folder is a folder for each assignment for that class. 

○ You will also find other various files and folders depending on what you have added 

to your classroom. 

○ Note: The Templates Folder is created when you create a template in Google and 

create an assignment that “makes a copy” for each student, as you see in my example 

below. 

  1. Master Classroom Folder 
  2. Class Folders created for each class you create 

in Google Classroom. 

  1. Assignment Folders created for each 

assignment you post. 

  1. This is a Template Folder that is created for the 

templates you have shared in classroom assignments. Note: It is recommended that you do NOT edit the templates folder. 

TIP: Do not re-organize these folders in your Google Drive. Let Google Classroom do the 

organization for you. If you delete or move folders around, you could mess up Google Classroom’s 

organization. 

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GOOGLE CLASSROOM GLOBAL SETTINGS 

To access the settings for ALL of your classes, go to the main menu (3 lines), then select settings. 

1 Change your profile picture. (Your district may not allow this.) 

Enable/disable email notifications. 

Enable/disable the different types of notifications you want to receive. 

Turn email and mobile notifications on or off for each individual class. (Click the drop-down arrow to view.) 


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ARCHIVING CLASSES 

When you no longer need a class that you have created, you can 

archive from the Google Classroom homepage using the more 

actions button (three dots). 

A pop-up warning will appear. Click Archive to confirm. 

You will still be able to view your class files in your Google Drive folder, but the class will then be 

moved to the archived section. Students will also see it in their archived section and will be able to 

see the assignments for that class. 

Restoring Classes: You can unarchive a class by visiting the 

Archived Classes section from the main menu, then click on 

the action menu (3 dots) and choose, “Restore.” 

Deleting Classes: To delete a class completely, it must first 

be archived. Then go to the Archived Classes page, click on the 


more actions button (three dots) and choose delete. 

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GOOGLE CLASSROOM TIPS 

Collaborate with Other Teachers 

Be sure to share and collaborate with the other teachers on your campus, so your students receive a 

consistent message on how to use Google Classroom. Start a Google Doc to share your best practices with 

each other. 

Invite a Teacher as a Student 

Since teachers can both create classes and join classes, invite a colleague to join your class as a student and 

vice versa. This way you can learn together and see both the student and teacher side of Google Classroom. It’s 

a great way to get familiar with the application! 

Show Student the “Turn In” Button 

The first time you assign a Google Doc, Slide or Sheet as an assignment where each student gets a copy, you 

will need to show students how to go to the document that you, the teacher, have already created and shared 

with them. Make sure they understand you already have the right to see their work. Show them the Turn In 

button that appears to the left of the blue share button near the top-right of the screen. Some students will be 

inclined to share with the teacher, or create a new document, so be sure to walk them through the steps that 

you prefer. Once they turn in their assignment, they will no longer be able to edit. 

Show Students How to Unsubmit an Assignment 

As mentioned above, once a student turns in their work, they will no longer be able to edit the file. If they need 

to go back and make changes or add attachments, they need to unsubmit the assignment, or you, the teacher, 

will need to return it to the student. 

Refresh 

If there has been an update in Google Classroom while you have the page open, you will see an option to 

refresh to see the changes. Be sure to show students this feature so they can see updates you make to their 

assignments during class. 

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GOOGLE CLASSROOM TIPS 

Turn in Photos or Videos of Work 

Sometimes assignments are not digital, and that’s okay! You can still use Google Classroom to track 

assignments and give feedback. Have students take a snapshot and submit through Google Classroom. This is 

great for showing the steps of working through a math problem, showing progress on that art project, or 

evidence from a science lab experiment. Short videos are also a great option for reflection on the learning 

process. 

Student Folders 

Students will have a similar folder structure that is created in their Google Drive for each Class that they join in 

Google Classroom, and each assignment given. Sharing rights will vary depending on the assignment and how 

it was shared. Take the time to show students where their folders are in Google Drive, and show them the 

process of “turning in” assignments. A few quick reminders will make your job much easier! 

The Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Students 

Use this reference guide to help you and your students better understand how to use the student side of 

Google Classroom. 

Submit Feedback to Google 

Google listens to your feedback! There have been tremendous updates to Google Classroom thanks to 

educators like you. Use the question mark at the bottom left to submit feedback and suggestions. They read it!