This school year, our board made the transition to using Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Though a couple of us within the board had experimented with trial classes last year, this was the first time all teachers had access to Google Classroom, and all students had access to their new board Gmail accounts.
|This semester's classes in Google Classroom|
- Click on the name of the label from the main list to access ALL the work in that course, already sorted by date;
- Search for all starred work by typing "label: starred" into the search bar;
- Search for all emails by a particular student;
- Search for all starred emails by a particular student;
- Search within a label for starred messages containing a key word from the assignment.
|A search for just the student's name within a label instantly shows me all communication, as well as highlights what still needs to be assessed (name redacted).|
And because we have unlimited storage as a GAFE school, I don't have to worry about deleting emails in order to save space - I can keep a complete record (or portfolio, if you will!) for each student. Great for reporting progress to parents.
Overall, I've been pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to organize, store, and search for student work within Gmail. It is quick and efficient, and it's great to have all student work in one place. I'm always looking for tips and tricks to help stay on top of things - please share if you have additional ideas!