How Primary Teachers can keep students engaged using Google Classroom


Keeping young pupils engaged while delivering remote education can be a challenge for primary teachers, but fortunately, they have an array of digital resources that they can turn to.

This includes Google Classroom, an edtech tool that provides teachers with the capabilities to support their pupils when teaching them directly in school is not possible.

Used by thousands of teachers around the world, it links Google’s G Suite of tools, allowing school staff to store and share learning materials digitally, while also taking advantage of a host of other features.

Using Google Classroom for primary education

Primary teachers can use Google Classroom in a number of different ways, with its flexible set-up enabling them to use it to suit their particular needs.

With remote teaching prevalent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, teachers may wish to use Google Classroom as a means of sharing key documents, assignments and other activities.

It can also be used to track these assignments and provide feedback, including the ability to see which pupils have and haven’t submitted work.

Google Forms, for example, can be used to provide quizzes which can deliver primary education and be automatically marked. This is particularly useful for teaching staff who are balancing their time between the classroom and remote teaching.

Driving engagement with the learning materials

Maintaining engagement can be difficult when operating with digital tools, but an element of creativity is key – try to ensure that tasks and lessons are different and not repetitive.

In order to boost engagement, primary teachers can share an array of different digital content on Google Classroom; from the basics such as Google Docs and Slides to video, screenshots and other forms of media.

By mixing up approaches it should be possible to promote creative thinking, as pupils respond to tasks in a way that they like, for instance, they could record a video response, draw an answer or add comments to the text.

This helps to broaden their horizons within primary education, while also giving them an element of freedom to explore topics in different ways.

It’s also possible to create discussion boards on the platform, a useful resource if a teacher wishes to look at different reading materials, magazines, stories or other media resources – this gives every pupil a voice, even those who may otherwise shy away from classroom discussion.

Primary teachers may also wish to introduce an element of competition among pupils to help boost motivation, from awarding prizes and gold stars to splitting pupils into different teams so they can work together to achieve something.

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