Thursday, December 17, 2015

Parent Access and Google Classroom


Keep Parents Informed

How do you keep parents informed about assignments in Google Classroom? This is a question I frequently receive and it is a legitimate issue. Having the students sign into their Google Classroom account and showing it to their parents is about the only advice I have given. However, if I were a parent that had never explored Google Classroom before, it would appear to be an unorganized mess of assignments and announcements. A Google Calendar may provide a solution that would be less intimidating for parents.

Google Classroom Calendars in Google Sites

Earlier in the 2015-2016 school year, Google Calendar started integrating with Google Classroom. This provides an opportunity to keep those communication lines open. The key is that you must make good use of your teacher website to be able to do so. In the video below, I demonstrate how you can import your Google Classroom calendar into a Google Site. (Please keep in mind that would need to create a separate calendar for each Google Classroom that you want posted.)




Not Using Google Sites?

If you are not using Google Sites, you could also use an embed code to the calendar to post it on Blogger or other website service that allows for HTML editing. It takes a bit more work, but it can be done. If you are planning on using it in a site like Blogger, It might be a good idea to create a separate page for all your Google Classroom calendars you want to publicly post. (This video is an older video on putting a calendar in the sidebar of your Blogger site, but it will at least give you the basic idea.)