What is Google Classroom?
Google Classroom is a free Google App that aims to simplify creating, distributing and assessing learning in a paperless way. Teachers can use Google Classroom to send announcements to entire classes and share lesson resources. Pupils can use it to access work set by their teacher and complete home learning. Parents can use some of the features of Google Classroom to help engage with and support pupils in their home learning. It is a free resource that can be accessed from any device connected to the internet - laptops, desktop computers, Chromebooks, tablets or mobile phones.
What is G Suite for Education?
G Suite for Education is a set of Google apps: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Classroom, Calendar, and more designed with intelligent features that make work easier. It is a suite of tools that can help increase opportunities for critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, all while supporting the learning. Gmail will not be enabled for children meaning that children will not be able to send or receive emails. G Suite for Education tools are free, ad-free, reliable and secure. These tools are already used by millions of pupils in schools around the world. There is no cost to use this service, but the best thing is that these tools are relevant to pupils, easy to use, and open doors to many new ways to learn.
Accessing Google Classroom
Pupils can access Google Classroom using the mobile apps (Android and iOS), or via a web browser by visiting www.classroom.google.com. They should sign in using their @st-andrews.manchester.sch.uk username and password that they have been given by their teacher. Once pupils have logged in, they will see the class overview page. From here they can see their class name and information about any work due. Clicking on a class will open that Classroom.
Accessing lessons and resources
If pupils are accessing Google classroom from a mobile device, they should download the Google Classroom app to make best use of the shared resources. To open the work, click on the Open button on the appropriate post in the Stream page. You will then see the description of the work and any attached documents.
Although many safety features have been enabled by our administrators, it is still the responsibility of parents to monitor what children are accessing online at home. We will continue to teach children the importance of being responsible digital citizens and accessing age appropriate material and we appreciate parents supporting this at home with their children.
Help videos and support
Using Google Classroom on a laptop
Using Google Classroom on an iPad or iPhone
How to send a photo of work to the teacher