Guardian Summaries Makes Life Easier!

Sample Guardian Summary Copied from
Google Classroom Help Center Resource:
About guardian email summaries

Google Classroom couldn’t make it any easier for strengthening a school to home connection by supplying weekly or daily assignment updates. A Guardian Summary is autogenerated by Google Classroom to provide guardians & parents with an assignment due date along with updates about missing assignments. One beauty of a Guardian Summary is how it automatically adds all the Google Courses for the student into one email. It couldn’t be any easier than that! 

Globally many families are taken on different responsibilities with their child’s learning due to the impact of COVID-19. Everyone in the world is dealing with extra anxieties. Guardian summaries can alleviate some of the assignment communication anxieties added upon teachers, students, and parents due to the COVID-19 Challenge. Learn more about setting up of Guardian summaries by reading the Following Google Classroom Help Center Resources:

  1. About Guardian Email Summaries
  2. Setup Guardian Email Summaries
  3. Guardian Email Summaries FAQ’s

Tips for Success: Attaching Files to Google Classroom…

One tip before attaching an image or file to a Google Classroom assignment is to name or rename it. Give the image or file a name in which the teacher or a colleague will be able to identify your project. Don’t forget to use your first name, last name first initial, and the assignment’s or project’s name in the image title. Note personalizing a file’s title prevents it from being lost in a teacher’s or colleagues Google Classroom Google Drive folder. 

How to Name a File

Attaching an Image file to a 
Google Classroom Assignment.

Laptop or Chromebook Directions

Tablet, iPad, Smartphone Directions

Tips for Success

 Tablet, iPad, Smartphone

  • Close all open APPS
  • Try using a home wireless network connection
  • Ask family member not to:
    • Stream movies or music
    • Play online games
    • Upload or download files

 Laptop or Chromebook

  • Use one Internet Browser
    • Close all extra Internet Browsers
  • Close all extra open browser tabs
  • Try using a home wireless network connection
  • Ask family member not to:
    • Stream movies or music
    • Play online games
    • Upload or download files

Covid-19 Internet Challenges

Last week due to COVID-19 along with the influx of schools & businesses onto the internet connectivity problems starting popping up. Challenges such as video processing, uploaded images disappearing, and intermittent internet connections occurred. Over the last two days, video chat meetings started freezing for me.  

Today I ran an experiment to understand the issue and to provide helpful workarounds. The following list is of tips that seemed to help my connectivity issues. 

  • Use one Internet browser at a time
  • Close all extra Internet browser tabs
  • Use one device at a time on your home wifi network
    • Examples of devices
      • Smartphones
      • Extra laptops
      • Extra tablet & iPads
      • Smart TV
      • Smart Assistants
        • Alexa
        • Google Home
        • Google Home Mini
  • Try a different hour of the day to do your work

Sure hope these tips work for you! They worked like a charm for me.

Classroom Assignment Notification Big Timesaver!!!

It is not unusual to hear teachers & students complain about a massive amount of notification Emails flooding their inbox. Students may find Google Classroom assignment notifications to be helpful. A Google Classroom Email notification guides the student directly to an assignment.

There is no need for a Special Education or younger student to enter from a Google Classroom Course card. Navigating past the stream and through the classroom tab may be overwhelming for these students. The following video demonstrates how easy it is to open a Google Assignment from a notification Email.

Practical & Simple Technology Application

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Yesterday I was impressed when my physical therapist asked, “Do you have a smartphone in your bag?” These words were followed by, “Can I use the camera to take a video of you?” The physical therapist recorded me working through my newest exercise guided by her step by step verbal directions. What a helpful idea it was to use a video for guiding this old brain with remembering each step. Sometimes the most simple technology application is the most supportive one to use.