Google Classroom Guidance
What is Google Classroom?
Google Classroom is a web-based platform that allows teachers to communicate with pupils digitally. Google Classroom allows teachers and pupils to share comments, files and weblinks, create and complete assignments, as well as give and receive feedback.
How can my child access Google Classroom at home?
Google Classroom (as well as all G Suite for Education apps) can be accessed through a variety of online platforms.
- Computer: Go to classroom.google.com and click ‘Go to Classroom.’ Enter username and click ‘Next.’ Enter the password and click ‘Next.’ If there is a welcome message, read it and click ‘Accept.’ Click on the name of your class. From here, you can view messages and complete assignments from your teacher.
- iPhone and iPad: On your device, tap ‘App Store.’ Find and install the ‘Google Classroom’ app. (To use all the features of the Classroom App, you may need to download Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps as well). After downloading the app, tap ‘Classroom’ and ‘Get Started.’ Tap ‘Add Account’ and ‘OK.’ Enter your username and tap ‘Next.’ Enter the password and click ‘Next.’ If there is a welcome message, read it and click ‘Accept.’ (Optional: to receive Classroom notifications, tap ‘Allow.’) Click on the name of your class. From here, you can view messages and complete assignments from your teacher.
- PlayStation: The PlayStation 4 has its own web browser that is easy to find - in the contents menu you will see an icon with WWW written on it. If using a PlayStation 5 you need to open the Systems settings, then the User Guide.
- Plug a wired keyboard and/or mouse into the USB ports on the PS4 or PS5 - each console should recognise them.
- In the URL bar of the browser, type classroom.google.com and then log in using the details provided by your child's school.
- You can now access Google Classroom.
The Xbox consoles each have access to Microsoft Edge - the web browser that comes preinstalled as part of the Xbox user experience. This can be used to access Google Classroom.
1. Plug a wired keyboard into your Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S via one of the USB ports on the front or back.
2. Press the Xbox button top-centre of a game controller and head to "My games & apps" in the side menu.
3. Click on "See all", scroll down to "Apps" and you will see Microsoft Edge in the icons on the right-hand side. Open it.
4. Type classroom.google.com into the URL bar at the top and log in as you would on a PC using your school Gmail account.
5. You can either use an Xbox controller to move the cursor or a separate USB mouse plugged into one of the other ports.
What is my child's username and password?
All children at Midfield have been issued a Google username and password. The username and password will give them access to all the G Suite for Education apps they need. If you have lost your child’s username and password, please contact either their class teacher or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What remote learning will be provided?
Different areas of the curriculum will be planned for your child to access daily so that they do not miss out on the objectives for their year groups. This will reduce the risk of children missing key concepts and their learning journey being hindered. Where possible, these activities will be directly linked to what your child would have been taught in school at that time and will make specific reference to new teaching content as well as consolidating previous learning too.
Your child will be tasked with daily activities including maths, English, reading, spelling, and other subjects. This will all be available via Google Classroom.
How can my child submit their work?
Your child can ‘turn in’/submit their work online in Google Classroom. Depending on the type of assignment and attachments, they can use the ‘Turn in’ or Mark as Done.
Your child can attach one or more files to their work. They can also create new Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings, work in them, and then attach them to their assignment.
Additionally, they can edit a PDF that your teacher posted using Kami, and attach the edited version before submitting (this may be useful for KS2 children). Click here for details on editing pdf using Kami (a Google Extension).
If your child has completed their task on paper, you can take a photo of their work, upload it and submit the photo.
How can I support my child with their learning?
We would recommend creating a dedicated area for your child to work on their remote education. Try to encourage a set start and finish time that works for you and your family setting. Regular times to move, exercise, and have a break will be beneficial for your child’s home learning experience.
Check-in on what your child has achieved on a regular basis throughout the day – only upload work, when you are both happy that the task is completed fully.
If your child doesn’t finish all of the tasks set on the day, please encourage them to upload what they have achieved so we can ascertain their level of understanding/effort.