About Share to Classroom
How many times have you tried to get your class to get to a specific website? Bombarded by 10 students saying, “It’s not working!”? Running around trying to fix every typo of those who can’t copy the web address exactly? 10 minutes later have you wanted to pull your hair out in frustration? We have both felt that and we are tech savvy teachers. It’s enough to drive any teacher over the edge and prevent you from ever using computers again.
As a Google for Education school board we did a little jig when we learned of a new function of Google Classroom called Share to Classroom. You can now “push” a website out to your entire class in one fell swoop and not only feel a sense of relief but a collective gasp from your students by the magic of you “taking control” of their computer.
How to set it up:
- In the Chrome browser go to the “Customize and control” icon in the top right corner of the browser.
- Select “More Tools” and then “Extensions”
- Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Get more extensions”
- Search “Share to Classroom” and install the extension. A picture of the Classroom icon will appear when you are signed into your Google Apps for Education account.
Ready to share a website?
- Make sure you are signed into your Google Apps for Education account so that the icon is available.
- Navigate to the website you wish to share with your class.
- Click on the Share Icon and select the class to share with.
- Now you get to choose how to share it with your class:
- Push to students – to instantly have the website appear on all student devices
- Make announcement – for later use when your students are ready to use the site
- Create assignment – to use the website as part of an assignment
It’s just that easy! Thank you Google for Education!
Do you use any other tools that do the same thing especially for those who don’t have Google for Education? We are always looking for new tools. Let us know your tech secrets in the comments below.