I wanted to make sure that you are aware of one of the most powerful extensions out there for Google Classroom users – Share to Classroom.
The Share to Classroom extension allows you to take a web source and share it with your students in one of two ways:
- Immediately push the source to all students at the same time, allowing every student in your class to navigate to the source without having to type in the URL.
- Create an assignment, make an announcement or ask a question with the web source as your primary component.
The reason that I like “Share to Classroom” so much is that it allows me to use current materials with my students with minimal effort. Let’s say I want to discuss the current hurricane and how it is affecting the people in its path. I can go directly to a news source (no fake news here) or a site like weather.com or nationalgeographic.com and find news articles, images, or video that I want my students to use. Then, using the “Share to Classroom” extension, I can create an assignment where students have to interact with the materials and then create a disaster plan, write a personal connection paper, or design a social action plan where they define ways that they will help those affected by the storm.
Another way that I see a benefit in “Share to Classroom” is the ability to get every single one of my students onto the same resource at the same time. When I PUSH the web source or video to the students, it interrupts whatever they happen to be doing at that time and opens up the material I want them working with.
To make the extension work they way it is intended, students and teachers must have it installed. Fortunately for Lebanon City Schools teachers, our awesome tech department has already pushed out the extension to the students. You as teachers will need to install the extension. If you don’t know how to do that, click on this link and click the “Add to Chrome” button.
To use this extension, follow these easy steps themselves:
- Make sure you are already signed in with your G Suite for Edu account.
- In Chrome, go to the webpage you want to share. Next to the address bar, click Share to Classroom.
- Click the name of your class.
- From the drop-down list, choose what you want to do:
- To share the webpage to your class, Select Push to students and then click Push. The web material instantly appears in the browsers of all active students.
- To attach the web material to a post:
- To create an assignment, select Create assignment, enter your assignment, and click Assign.
- To ask a question, select Ask question, enter your question, and click Ask.
- To create an announcement, select Make announcement, enter your announcement, and click Post.
Just imagine all the possibilities that this extension opens up for you and your students! And I didn’t even mention the ability of students to share materials with you! More on that at a later day.