Reflection on Google Classroom Promo Video

by Randy Fairfield, 5/19/17

For every three likes this Google Classroom promo video has, it also has one dislike. Seeing all the dislikes got me wondering why so many people were turned off, so I decided to investigate! If you would, watch the video and let me know what you think on Twitter (@RandyFairfield)!

My feelings on the video are mixed. Here are some reflective questions I think the video begs:

  • Are you intimidated by all the devices coming into classrooms?
  • Do you feel like you should retire if you don’t “get it”?
  • What problems can devices help solve?
  • Can the use of educational technology help close the achievement gap?
  • Is it a waste of time to write on paper instead of typing something out?
  • Will students’ “beautiful thoughts just come out” because they are using Chromebooks and Google Classroom?

At first I thought the negative comments about the video would be coming from teachers offended by the implied answers to some of questions begged by the video. What I found instead surprised me:

Reading stuff like that from kids really gets me thinking about a previous blog post I made about what kind of backwards planning needs to be done by school districts to lessen the likelihood of this unintended outcome on students when it comes to district and building technology initiatives. If this kind of planning does not take place, unfortunately, students are the ones that ultimately end up getting hurt.

When integrating technology in the classroom, best practices and student-centered outcomes need to be at the forefront! A tool like Google Classroom is great, but only if used intentionally.


Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom

by Randy Fairfield, 1/11/17

Google Classroom just added the option today to allow teachers to differentiate assignments for students. This is a feature that teachers using Classroom have been calling for en masse, and it’s exciting to see the Google for Education team responding! Check out the details of the update here!


Push Websites to Students with Google Classroom Extension

by Randy Fairfield, 10/22/16

Did you know that you can get all your students on the website you want them to be on with just a few clicks? Here’s how you do it:

  1. Make sure your students are in a Google Classroom group you have setup.
  2. Install the “Share to Classroom” Google Chrome extension. – link
  3. Make sure the students are using Chromebooks.
  4. Go the link you want to push to your students.
  5. Push the URL to your students!


How to Send out a Google Form with a Link, Edmodo, or Google Classroom

by Randy Fairfield, 9/19/16

One of the most common questions I get from teachers getting started with Google Forms is, “Okay, I made a great form… now how do I send it out again?” Here’s a brief tutorial on how to send that form out there in three different ways: