Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Welcome Back to School Tip: Keep Google Classroom Stream for Announcements


Welcome back to school! As we return to a semblance of normalcy in our schools, let's take the edtech skills we've learned over the past 18 months and adapt them to face to face teaching. During the pandemic, an edtech tool that became more en vogue than ever was Google Classroom. A common practice for Google Classroom is to keep the Stream for announcements only and Classwork for student work. 

By default, in the Stream, you'll see announcements and anything you post in Classwork. This can be confusing as the Stream is the landing page for students. To make it easier for students, you'll want to configure it so the Stream only shows class announcements and not all things assigned. Below is a step by step guide for going into the settings to configure the Stream to only show announcements only and keep assignments and schoolwork from clogging up the Stream.

What you see below is the default mode of Google Classroom. You can see all things posted in Classwork in the Stream. This includes assignments, questions, quizzes and materials.

To set the Stream to only show announcements and not things posted in Classwork, go to the settings gear button in the top right corner. Scroll down to where it says Classwork on the stream. Click the button that says Show condensed notifications. 

In the dropdown menu, select Hide notifications. Click Save in the top right corner. 

Below is the same Classroom, but with the settings changed. All that will appear in the Stream is class announcements. Use this for reminders, exit tickets and more. 

If you have any questions and would like a follow up, contact me via Gmail or Chat at ajuarez@techcoachjuarez.com. My book, The Complete EdTech Coach: An Organic Approach to Digital Learning, co-authored with my wife Katherine Goyette is now available on Amazon. Click here to purchase. It is published by Dave Burgess Publishing. Be sure to follow the hashtag #OrganicEdTech and #CVTechTalk for updates.

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