PUSD's G-Suite for Education Tools: Google Classroom
PUSD has now rolled out G-Suite for Education. G-Suite is, of course, a suite of online Google tools including: Docs, Slides, Meet, Calendar, etc. All of these are now accessible to PUSD Staff based on activating your new @pittsburgusd.net account.
This page includes Getting Started guidance and links to PD videos and resources, to complement district offered webinars and support.
Tip #1: Active Learning: While it can be useful to watch a PD video all of the way through, consider being an active learner and doing some hands-on learning as you listen. For example, you can play a video about setting up a Google Classroom in one window of your browser, watch one or a few steps, then pause the video and do what you just learned in another window while logged in to your own Google Classroom account, then continue the video, and so on. Try it!
Tip #2: Personal Learning Style/Preference: There are a wealth of videos and video presenters out there, especially as regards G-Suite and Google Classroom. At some level choice of video/presenter may be a personal preference and personal learning style. If you find a presenter you like, definitely consider subscribing to his/her YouTube channel (or "follow" them on Twitter, etc.). Below are links to step-by-step videos, like those provided by Google for Classrooms itself; but also a couple of varieties of teacher presenters, who vary between being practical and good at explanation, or relatable and able to provide tips/tricks that a simple "how-to" will not do. Check them out. They may lead you to other presentations on YouTube or elsewhere that work for you.
First time Log In to Teacher Google Account
Your Principal or IT staff can provide you with your initial district password. You'll change it to a personal password when you first log in.
Google Classroom Instructions for Clerks
Teachers may want to add students to their Google Classroom themselves. If so, they'll need the list of google account addresses for students in their class(es). School Clerks can generate this list for teachers using these instructions.
Google Teacher Center How-To Videos
Nicole Wondolowski at Heights was part of the original Google Classroom pilot project in the district. She finds that going straight to Google for up-to-date how-to videos is a way to stay abreast of changes and features. Here's the link.
Intro to Google Classroom 2020
There are lots of intro to Google Classroom videos out there. This TeacherTech YouTube video is pretty straightforward, and to the point (barring the annoying adverstisements ;-)). Also, in the description of this video on YouTube the presenter provides time stamps in the video if you want to jump to instructions regarding a specific task. I'm copying those here as well:
Full Intro to Google Classroom Video
0:33 How to access Google Classroom
1:50 Create and edit a class in Google Classroom
3:50 Add students to your Google Classroom
5:35 Showing how students join a class
6:25 Invite guardians and email students
7:03 Communicating in the Stream in Google Classroom with student view
9:56 Adding resources and materials in Google Classroom
13:57 Student view of resources and materials
14:23 Creating an assignment in Google Classroom
17:59 Student view of the assignment
19:47 Grading and returning assignment in Google Classroom
23:20 Students view of the returned assignment
Fourth Grade Teacher on Getting Started
This YouTube teacher also provides start up "how-to's" but with some personal tips and things she does, as a teacher, to make Google Classroom work for her. Her tips are also relevant to secondary teachers. The personal, professional tips are things usually absent in straight "how-to" instructions, such as those found at the Google Teacher Center (though these are also important for just knowing how to accomplish a specific task). Check out her video! Discover others that work for you!
Secondary Teacher Tips on Remote Learning with Google Classroom
This secondary teacher was already proficient in using Google Classroom in his face-to-face classrooms, before Covid-19 ushered in the shift to remote learning. He shares tips for how planning his Google Classroom for remote learning differs from how he planned it for face-to-face learning, e.g., activities you might roll out each day face-to-face you might want to post for the week every Monday morning, so your students can self-pace throughout the week. Good considerations for designing for remote learning.
Resources for Students & Families
Student Instructions for Accessing Google Classroom via Clever - English
Step-by-step instructions for students to Log In to PUSD Clever Portal in order to access Google Classroom.
Instrucciones para el estudiante para acceder a Google Classroom a través de Clever - Español
Instrucciones para que los estudiantes se conecten al Portal Clever del PUSD para acceder al Google Classroom.
Video Instructions for Students for Accessing Google Classroom via PUSD Clever Portal - English
Video instructions that demonstrate the information also provided graphically in a PDF file for accessing Google Classroom via PUSD Clever Portal.