Push websites to your students with the click of a button


If both you and your students have the Share to Classroom extension, you can push websites to the whole class at once by simply clicking on it, then pasting in the site you’d like them to look at. (You can also do this using Hapara, FYI.) Students can also share websites with you – and the extension keeps track of who has shared what with whom!

Now you can differentiate assignments in Google Classroom


Frustrated that in order to assign something to one student in Google Classroom, you need to assign it to the entire class? That’s been fixed. Google Classroom just announced this new differentiation feature – read about it here, or watch the quick walk through below!


Seven tips to get into the fighting spirit!

  • Check out Google Cast. Students can add this app from the Chrome Web Store, and when prompted by the teacher, project wirelessly from his or her device. I haven’t tried it here at school, as it’s fairly new, but here’s an article by a teacher who did. A post from an EdTech site explains the process step by step. If you try it (or would like help trying it), please let me know!

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Changes to Google Classroom, Turning a Word doc into a Google doc, fighting spam, and making online articles more readable AND interactive for class!

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I’m going to be frank. I don’t have a Google Classroom set up. I know you have snappy resources for me in your links up above, but do you have a colorful cheat sheet that I could look at?
  • Jennifer Judkins does! It’s very organized and, just like you requested, very colorful! The best part is that it includes the brand-new Google Classroom updates that just rolled out last week! Take a peek!

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I’m ready to learn more about Google Classroom. Where should I start?
  • I mean, yeah, there’s the great Google Classroom resource page I put together right up there at the top of this site. But take a look at Alice Keeler’s collection of entries. She is truly the master!
Has anyone ever thought about the PE Department?
  • Why yes! This PE teacher certainly has! Not only does he run a great blog about teaching PE, he did this year-end roundup at the end of 2014 that points to all sorts of resources that you may want to read and bookmark!
But what about the Math Department?
  • Look at this list from the aforementioned Alice Keeler, just for you. It’s bananas!
You know what sounds good to me? A gigantic list of education blogs.
Can you recommend any cool extensions for Chrome?
  • Look at this list from the aforementioned Alice Keeler. I know, I’m getting a little one-note with her. But wow. (What is the difference between an app and an extension? I have a little write-up on that here!)


How do I put my procedure sheet on my Portal page?
  • First, your procedure sheet needs to be uploaded to your Google Drive if you didn’t create it using a Google product. How do you do that? Click here!
  • Yes, you can upload a Word document or a PDF – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Google Doc!
  • Next, be sure your sharing settings on the procedure sheet (no matter what form it’s in – Google Doc, Word, PDF) are set to “Anyone with the link can view.” How do you do that? Click here!
  • Now you’re ready to grab the link. From the main page of your Google Drive where the document is stored, right-click on the document title and select “get link.” Copy this link.
  • Navigate over to your Portal classroom page. In the box marked “Class Summary,” select “Edit” (it’s on the right).
  • Now you can type the name of your document, such as “Procedure Sheet.” Highlight the name that you just typed.
  • Go up to the “link” icon, which will say “insert hyperlink” when you hover over it. Paste in the link to your document. Be sure you check “Open in new window” – or the document will open in that small rectangle, and no one will be able to read it!
  • The only other item that should be on your Portal page is a link to your class website, if you have one!
Where can I point students for more information about their Chromebooks?
  • I’ve created a similar version of your training website (#ChromebookPirate) for the students (Chromebook Handbook). They can get to it (and bookmark it!) at tinyurl.com/cchsstudent.
Now that I’m playing with Google Classroom, I’ve noticed that there’s a folder called “Classroom” in my Google Drive. Can I add things to it that I will later use for class?
  • No! Please don’t put anything into the “Classroom” folder that Google Classroom creates for you.
  • Google Classroom will a copy of the assignment that you push out to the students into a folder it calls “templates,” and it will put the work students turn in into a folder (with the name of the assignment).
  • You shouldn’t do anything to the Google Classroom folder manually except sweep old assignments into a folder that you create after every unit.
Do I continue to use Dropbox? Transfer everything to Google Drive? Save on my laptop?
  • Visit this chart that created and stored under “Resources” to figure out what’s best for you!
Can students visit the Web Store and add whichever apps I instruct them to add?
  • In order for a student to be able to add an app or an extension, I have to enable permission. This will prevent students from adding sixty games to their device, or from selecting the wrong version of an app for class.
  • All you need to do is request an app or extension, and I’ll go ahead and make it available for students. The form to request these items is on the #ChromebookPirate training site, under “Resources” – or here’s a link.
How do I add a link to any Google product where a word becomes the link?
  • In your document (or slides, or sheets, or forms, or an email…) window, type the word you would like to become a link. For example, I use the word “here” a lot.
  • Now, in a new window or tab, go to your Google Drive where you have uploaded the file (or created the file) you’d like to link to.
  • Right-click on the file name to be sure the sharing settings are “anyone with the link can view” (have to go to “advanced when you click on the sharing settings)
  • Right-click on the file name to get the link to that file
  • Go back to your window or tab with the document where you’d like to place the link
  • Highlight the word that you’d like to become the link
  • Up in the menu bar, click on the link icon. Paste the link in the box that asks for the web address
  • Click “Open in New Window”
  • You’re done! You’ll be able to test it out after you click away from it.
  • Here is the shortest video that I could find to demonstrate this task: go here.