Must-Have Google Skills for Teachers (Part 2 – Google Classroom) – SULS0104

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In this episode, I’m sharing the must-have Google skills for teachers who use Google Classroom.

Must-Have Google Skills for Teachers (Part 2 - Google Classroom) - SULS0104Let’s learn how to make the most of Google Classroom–gain must-have skills, and a few tips and tricks to help you and your students thrive.

Google Classroom has evolved a lot over the years, and I have a lot of extra tips and resources for you in this blog post.

We are getting into the nitty-gritty of what teachers need to know and understand in Google Classroom.

This is Part 2 of a 4-part series on Must-Have Google Skills for Teachers.

Did you miss Part 1? You can access it here.

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Thank you to all the educators in Washinton County Public Schools in Maryland participating in the Blended Learning with Google book study!

Quick Tip of the Week (Create a Custom Google Classroom Header)

Many teachers want to customize the header image that appears on the Stream page in Google Classroom. I’ve got a quick tutorial in the video below.

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Must-Have Google Classroom Skills for Teachers

Google Classroom is an assignment manager and communication hub for teachers and students. Over the years, it has become a much more robust Learning Management System that many relied on during the pandemic.

The Google Classroom Cheat Sheets

In case you missed it, I created a set of Google Classroom Cheat Sheets for Teachers AND Students. They are completely FREE. Fill out the form below to download.

Related: Google Classroom FAQ

Create a class

If your school has a Google Workspace for Education account, you should use that email to create your classes. However, anyone over 13 years old can create a class using a personal Google Account.

  1. Go to
  2. At the top of the Classes page, click Add ""and thenCreate class.Click Create class
    Note: If you don’t see Create class, your account only lets you join classes. Switch accounts or contact your Google Workspace administrator for help.
  3. Enter the class name. (Think very purposely about the naming conventions you wish to use.)Enter class details
  4. (Optional) To enter a short description, grade level, or class time, click Section and enter the details.
  5. (Optional) To add a subject, click Subject and enter a name or click one from the list that appears when you enter text.
  6. (Optional) To enter the location for the class, click Room and enter the details.
  7. Click Create.

Create Topics to Organize Your Classwork

Using topics in Google Classroom, you can organize the Classwork page into categories. These categories will help your students locate their assignments and resources.

Create a Topic

  1. Go to
  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. At the top, click Createand thenTopic.
    Create topic
  4. Enter the topic name and click Add.

Related: 10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn’t Know

Add a topic to assignments, quiz assignments, or questions

You can add only one topic to an assignment, quiz assignment, or question. If an assignment is posted to several classes, editing the assignment in one class doesn’t update it in the other classes.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the classand thenClasswork.
  3. Next to the assignment, quiz assignment, or question, click More ""and thenEdit.
    Select Edit
  4. Next to No topic, click the Down arrow "" and choose an option:
    • To create a topic, click Create topic and enter a topic name.
    • To select a topic in the list, click the topic name.Select topic
  5. Click Save.

I have an entire post on How to Organize Google Classroom. Take time to explore this post if you want more direction and organizational ideas.

Here’s a quick overview of the most common ways to organize:

  • Organize by modules or unit of study
  • Organize by week
  • Organize by type of assignment (daily work, quizzes, tests, etc.)
  • Organize by subject areas (best for elementary)
  • Add a TODAY topic to the top
  • Organize by learning target

Of course, organization became even more important during remote learning. Check out th

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