Finally Figured Out My Google Classroom

On Thursday and Friday I sat in front of my computer for hours trying to figure out how to set up a Google Classroom so that I can communicate with my students online. It was not easy doing so as I could not walk into a colleague’s classroom and ask for help. Thursday ended with my online classroom set up. I had made a post with links and attached documents.

On Friday, I worked through the more challenging step – connecting my grade 1 and 2 students to my digital space. I finally connected with two colleagues who gave me some advice. A tweet mentioned by my principal led me to the space where I could create passwords for my students – passwords that they would need to access the platform. By the end of the day yesterday, everything was set up and I closed my laptop with a sense of satisfaction.

I have emailed parents instructions and am waiting on them to attempt to log in and connect. There has been some back and forth between parents as they encounter problems but hopefully by Monday everyone will be connected. The week has been challenging for me as I worked through ways to create an online learning space for my students. It will be worth it, though, once we have crossed this hurdle.

What have you succeeded in doing this week?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post was my first attempt to participate in the Six Word Saturday challenge)

18 thoughts on “Finally Figured Out My Google Classroom

  1. Our fifth grader just spent their first week using the Google docs classroom software for school at home. Monday was a big transition. By Friday they did not require my assistance. Success! They were so proud, and we of them. -Rebecca

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  2. Well done, Colline. So important to have all this in place. Gives such psychological and emotional solidity as well as the educational aspect. I should probably join you in too – would be good to give my French a boost πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    And a big welcome to 6WS!

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    1. I am hoping, too, that this platform can help my students reconnect with one another as well.
      Thank you for the welcome to 6WS – I think you will be seeing me more often πŸ˜„

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  3. Bravo to you and ALL Educators going the extra mile to teach during this pandemic. My wife has started Zoom cocktail gathering, a way for everyone to catch up with each other via video streaming…connecting us during this time of isolation!

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    1. That is so important John. We are encouraged to use the Google apps that are protected behind the Board’s firewall. My students and I will have to get used to using Google Meet πŸ˜„

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  4. I’ve been thinking about how difficult it must be for the teachers conducting the online courses. You’ll have to let us know how it progresses. Thanks for your commitment to our future!

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  5. Congrats for figuring out the online classroom. Do let us know your experience with holding classes with such young students virtually. Will it be more work for you or less? All the best and stay safe.

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  6. I am now struggling with images of small children running around in a virtual environment πŸ˜‰ Well done on sorting out your virtual classroom. Hope the lessons go well πŸ™‚

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