Where is the best place to post a daily agenda?
How can I distribute individual copies of Google Docs to my students?
Where can I do a quick check of student learning?
The general definitions of each are as follows:
Lessons: A series of learning activities students progress through that are not attached to a grade; activities range from reading directions to watching videos. Ideas for using Lessons:
Assessments: Simple, Rubric and Advanced Assessments provide a means of assessing student learning using points and/or standards. Grades collected from these assessments are added to the gradebook and analytics. Types of assessments:
The following sections of this article outline example use cases for each of the above modules.
When to Use What
The following table outlines which module is best to complete each example task.
Make an announcement for families.
Post a reminder message.
Share an agenda.
Do a "quick check" of student learning.
Create activities for students.
Make copies of a Google Doc.
Assess student learning for a grade.
Create a "worksheet" for students.
Have students submit/upload work.
Class Board - Example Uses
Each class has its own Class Board, best compared to a "bulletin board" that can be accessed by both students and parents. The Class Board is most useful for posting announcements, reminders, or agendas.
See below for examples of ways to use the Class Board:
Post a weekly agenda that can be seen by the students and parents. You can pin this announcement to the top, so it is the first one they see each time. You can replace it with a new agenda the following week.
Field Trip Reminder
Some students may have yet to turn in a permission slip for a field trip, or you may want to remind students and parents to bring a sack lunch.
A great way to highlight birthdays in your classroom - an announcement dedicated to celebrating those turning another year older!
Lessons - Examples Uses
Lessons are a series of learning activities students progress through that are not attached to a grade; activities range from reading directions to watching videos.
See below for examples of ways to use Lessons:
Quick Comprehension Checks
You can ask Multiple Choice, True/False, or Short Answer questions as an activity in a lesson. These do not earn a grade in the gradebook but give you a way to assess learning in a more informal setting.
Set of Directions to Complete a Task
One of the activity types of a lesson is called a "Page", which is essentially a document you can create, similar to a Word document. Students can read through the directions, click on any embedded links, and mark the activity complete when they are done.
An Entire Elementary Day Schedule
In many cases, especially for elementary classrooms, you may want to post activities for the entire day, acting almost as a schedule for the students.
Assessments - The Three Types
See below for examples of the three types of assessments.
Simple Assessments are best for quick comprehension checks that are graded, or assessments that only contain multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer questions that do not require intricate scoring.
Rubric Assessments are best for essays/papers, submitting artifacts or documents (Google docs, video, images...), or performance-based grades. The example below shows what a Rubric Assessment with a Google Doc attached looks like from a student's perspective.
Advanced Assessments are best for replicating activities that can be found on worksheets, longer and more detailed assessments, assessments that need many different question types, or when you want a variety of ways to score questions in an assessment (partial credit, alternate answers...).