Rubrics in Google Classroom

You might of noticed a new feature in your Google Classroom. Penn Manor is participating in a Beta with Google Classroom that allows us to create our own rubrics in Google Classroom. Here is a link that will provide you with facts about the Beta with instructions on how to use the rubrics and also answer some general questions.

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Google Classroom Rubrics

Great news! Google has heard your feedback and just added a built-in rubrics feature to Course Kit! All instructors now have access to create, view, and grade with rubrics for Course Kit assignments.

Rubrics Getting Started Guides and FAQs to help you use rubrics:


Your feedback is very important to Google. Remember you can send your feedback directly to Google via the “Send feedback” button in Course Kit. When submitting feedback, include a screenshot and start the feedback report with “Rubrics” so Google knows your feedback is specific to this new feature.

P.S. The Google team has recently added a bunch of other new features to Course Kit. Here are some highlights:

  • Sort the student switcher by first name/last name (launched Q2)
  • Add due-dates to Course Kit assignments (launched Q2)
  • Recall comments from your Comment Bank with auto-suggest text (launched Q2)
  • Learn more about creating and grading assignments using Course Kit through the Help Center 

Check out the Course Kit Community Forum for product updates, FAQs, and support.

Add a Padlet to your Google Classroom for some great interactive Classroom Activities

Padlet is a great way to add some Interactive Classroom Activity. (Tutorial-Setup and share in your Google Classroom) Below are some ideas how you can use it in your classroom.

  • Brainstorming
  • Exit Ticket
  • Ice breaker (2 truths and 1 lie)
  • End of Year (give a compliment)
  • Book Discussion
  • Gather Feedback
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Analyze a Quote
  • Complete a Story

End of School Year Google Classroom Cleanup

Click on the link to learn how to easily cleanup your Google Classroom for the end of the year.

  1. It is important to return all student work when students press the turn in button document ownership is transferred to the teacher- Your students have worked hard on their Google Classroom assignments. You need to make sure to return their digital work, just as if it was a paper that they turned into you. When you return their work it transfers the ownership of the files back to the student.
  2. Archive your classroom, do not remove or unenroll students. Don’t attempt to keep this year’s Google Classroom, unenroll the current students and then add next years students in the fall. This might seem like an easy way to keep your classroom organized, but there is a much better method. Archiving your Google Classroom still allows you to use any posts that you create in another Google Classroom. You can start your Google Classroom fresh for the next year. You can use assignments you have posted in the past quickly and easily. This also gives you the opportunity to rethink the assignment. Do you want to do the same thing you did the previous year of do you want to change it up a bit?