Friday, January 15, 2021

Quickly Message Students Who Have Not Turned In An Assignment in Google Classroom


Students not turning in work is an issue that has been exacerbated by distance learning. Holding kids accountable and helping remind them of missing work is easier said than done. You may not have noticed, but Google Classroom has a feature that helps you expedite the process of contacting students who have not turned in an assignment. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can draft an email to students who have not turned in a specific assignment.

Start by opening an assignment in Google Classroom. You will see which students still have it Assigned. These students are the ones who have not yet turned it in. 

To contact specifically the students who have not turned in the assignment, click the checkbox next to where it says Assigned. This will select all of those students. Then click the email button next to Return. This will open a new tab in Chrome with Gmail.

The subject line will be pre-populated with the assignment title. The BCC line will have all the names of students who have not yet turned in the assignment. All you have to do is add the body of the message and click send.

This is a huge time saver. No longer do you need to manually compose emails and enter in student names. If you have any questions and would like a follow up, contact me via Gmail or Google Chat at 

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