Setting Classroom Comments in Google Classroom

Google Classroom offers a variety of settings when it comes to students posting, and commenting in the classroom stream. One purpose of the stream is for nurturing good digital citizenship while allowing the students to collaborate and support one another during classroom lessons or projects. There may be times when a teacher would like to limit comments about activities or projects in the Google Classroom Stream.
The Teacher can set Posts or Comments for Students by going to to make these changes.
  1. Click the class you want to set permissions for.

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  • Click Students.

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  • Click the dropdown arrow by Only teacher can post or comment
    • Select the permission level:
      • Students can post and comment
        • Students can share a message in the class stream or comment on any item.
      • Students can comment only
        • Students can comment, and message sharing isn’t allowed.
      • Only teacher can post or comment
        • Students can’t comment or share in the class stream (same as muting all students).

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Give Students a Google Docs Exit Ticket Easy

Exploring different ways to integrate Google Doc for an “Intro to Google Doc” presentation guided me to creating this “Exit Ticket”.  Immediately I fell in love with the idea! The Google Doc lends itself as an easy to use support for all learning styles. Students simply click on the cell and type! If the student would like they can use “Voice Typing” to create their entry!

This is the sample of the Google Doc Exit Ticket:

Please feel free to copy and use!


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The Power of a Google Drawing

Last summer I discovered Google Drawings along with the vast uses for supporting education. Recently I’ve noticed how the Google Drawing APP is integrated into some of the other core components within a Google APPS for Education Account.

This past week I had the opportunity to explore using the Google Drawings  integrated within a Google Document. This tool unleashes the power to create original clipart, charts, graphic organizers, meme’s and etc… within a Google Document. This is done by layering both image files, shapes and a few other detailed steps to have the drawing image positioned properly in a Google Document.

Why do this?

  1. Provides visual support to help the student complete assignments.
  2. Students can express ideas in a picture along with words.
  3. Provides an interactive manipulative for problem solving built into the Google Document.
  4. Mind map support for writing.
    • Student may move Mind map throughout document.
  5. Provides an area to do computation within the document.
  6. Here are a few ideas to support creativity and critical thinking skills 
    • Student creates a Meme positioned at top of document.
      • Student then types or voice types explaining their inspiration for creating the Meme.
        • Same idea can be used with
          • Poetry layered on a graphic background.
          • An opening paragraph layered upon representative illustration.
  7. There is too Many Google Drawing Support ideas to share in one blog post  list.


It is an interactive way to support writing!



Layer Writing on Top of Graphics

  • Open a Google Doc

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  • Insert an image
    • Step 1: Click Insert
    • Step 2: Click Drawing
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    • Click Insert 
    • Choose Image

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  • Add a Text Box
    • Click Insert
    • Choose Text Box

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Using Google Slides to Support All Learning Styles

Over the summer I posted about using Google Slides for Categorizing YouTube Videos. I never thought about the “BIG” impact this simple idea can make upon the classroom. Recently I embedded a bunch of YouTube links into a Google Slides Presentation. The YouTube videos are used by a Teacher Partner for reinforcing content presented in the classroom. After sharing the slide with the teacher I was asked, “Can this presentation be shared with the students.” My response was, “Absolutely!” This is when i realized the Youtube slide deck can be a categorized study support for students.


  1. Students find video engaging
  2. Easier for some students to retain information from songs
  3. Provides visuals to help with learning content
  4. Students retain lyrics content due to the song rhythm

Ways to Share a Youtube Google Slide Deck

  1. Share a link to Google Slide Deck via Email
  2. Embed into a website
  3. Tweet the link


Use Google Sheets Protect Range to Guide Students

I’m developing a new Google Sheets interactive lesson to use with my students. One of the potential issues I for-see  is students typing on another student’s sheet. This got my brain rolling and the solution I came up with was to use the Protect Range tool. When you protect a cell or column ranges only the user selected can edit the area. The Google Spreadsheet is shared at once to a group with each sheet having different editing rights. Individual student’s names will appear on the tab for each sheet. One sheet per student. This will help guide the students to the sheet where they have editing rights.


  • Click column letters
    • Column becomes highlighted
    • Drop down list occurs
    • Click protect range

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  • Click set permissions

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  • Range editing permission window opens
    • Click who can edit this range
    • Click only you to access the editing dropdown list
    • Click Done

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  • Add E-mail Addresses

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  • Click done and a save window opens ending the process