How to use Google Classroom

How does my child access Google Classroom?

Students can access their Google account at home by using a Chromebook, Mac, PC, smartphone or some games console. Information on using a games console can be found here:

https://www.t3.com/news/access-google-classroom-on-your-playstation-or-xbox-heres-how

Pupils simply go to Google and then click the sign in button in the top right.

Their username is the same as their school email login but with @ahe.avanti.org.uk at the end, meaning if their username is Joe.Bloggs, then their Google login will be [email protected]

Once they are logged in they can access all the Google apps via the “Waffle”. The main apps which the students need to be aware of are Gmail, Drive and Classroom.

On Google Classroom, they will be presented with a screen which displays all of their classes. Once a pupil has clicked on the classroom they need, they are presented with the ‘Stream’. This shows the most recent communication from teachers and any upcoming deadlines. Below are examples of a Primary and Secondary class ‘Stream’. To access the subjects, pupils click on the Classwork tab at the very top of the page and the subjects are then listed down the side of the next page. All resources are stored in these areas.

Primary example:

Homepage

Subject information:

Secondary example

Homepage

Subject information

Students can see straight away if they have work due. Where it says “Due Today” or “Due Tomorrow” there will be a piece of work underneath that and if students click on it, they will be taken to that piece of work.

The image below shows the assignment hand-in screen. This is where students can add documents under the “Your work” box in the top right. Documents can be uploaded from your computer or directly from Google Drive. Once it is ready to be sent to the teacher, click the “Mark as Done” button.

More information can be found on this article.

If your child has any issues with accessing Classroom or their Google account in general, please contact [email protected] with the issue and child’s name.

Other Online Platforms

As a school we subscribe to the following platforms. If a teacher has set work using one of these online resources, it will be communicated and shared on the Google Classroom. If your child is unable to log on, please get in contact with the child’s class teacher or tutor. Teachers may also direct some learning to non-subscription education sites, for example BBC Bitesize. This again will be communicated through the Google Classroom.

English and Maths (Primary and Secondary)

IXL Website

Maths (Secondary)

Maths Kitchen Website

Secondary Subjects:

GCSE Pod Website

Staying safe online

Guidelines for parents, carers and children

It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.

These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices: