EDU in 90: Differentiation with Google Classroom
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EDU in 90: Differentiation with Google Classroom


DREA ALPHONSO: Drea and AT
here, back with more EDU in 90. In today’s episode, we’ll be
highlighting Google Classroom functionality that helps
teachers individualize the learning experience
for their students. AT MCWILLIAMS: That’s right. Differentiation is a core
element of effective teaching. And Google Classroom
can help with this through individualized
assignments and single views
of student work. DREA ALPHONSO: Any
educator will tell you that a one-size-fits-all approach
isn’t the most effective. Instead, good
instruction involves accommodating student’s unique
learning styles, interests, and speeds. AT MCWILLIAMS: Instead of
assigning the entire class the same work at
the same pace, you can assign different tasks
to specific students using individualized assignments
in Google Classroom. Let’s take a look at
how you get started. Begin by creating
a new assignment. Complete all fields, such as
title, instructions, due date, and any attachments. DREA ALPHONSO: Next,
click on All Students, and then click again
to uncheck all names. From there, individually
select which student or students to send
this particular assignment to. Finally, click Assign,
and the assignment will be sent only to
the selected students. The same process works for
questions and announcement posts. AT MCWILLIAMS: A few
things to keep in mind. A top recommendation
from educators is to name your
assignments carefully. That way, you can
easily keep track of which groups of
students received it and keep track of student work. DREA ALPHONSO:
And also, students see assignments as
directly assigned to them. So there’s no need
to tell students about different
work they received or direct them to
a specific group. Students are able to just
log into Google Classroom and see the latest assignments. AT MCWILLIAMS: As
the teacher, you’ll be able to see which students
received an assignment. But the student
view will not reveal the recipient count or names. With this feature,
educators can still choose to share a post
with the entire class or can assign work
based on reading level, provide extra scaffolding
materials as needed, send assignment reminders,
and share next-level practice for students who are ahead. DREA ALPHONSO: Through
individualized work, students get personalization,
support, discretion, self-esteem boosts, and more. AT MCWILLIAMS: And in addition
to personalized posts, educators can use single
views of student work to get an overall picture
of their performance and use that to inform their
instruction and their support. DREA ALPHONSO: Well, that’s
all the time we have for today. Tell us in the
comments section how you’re using Google Classroom
to help aid differentiation with your students. AT MCWILLIAMS: And be sure
to subscribe to the Google for Education channel. See you soon. DREA ALPHONSO: See you. SPEAKER: Check out
our last episode where we talk about how
to engage parents and guardians using G
Suite for Education.

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8 thoughts on “EDU in 90: Differentiation with Google Classroom

  1. I collaborated with another dual credit teacher on a research essay. Two of my students are not in the other class. I merely posted and "Assignment" for a different essay topic that was assigned to those two students in the Classroom.

  2. This is interesting. Obviously technology can be scary, yet I can clearly see this tech integrated into the classroom. I'm all for enriching the education system, anyways. This is another step in the right direction.

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