Thursday, September 30, 2021

What's in a Name?

I love Google. If I haven't said it before, I'll say it again. I love Google.

We've been using it for six years now, and it has streamlined so many processes for both teachers and students (and admin, for that matter!). Sometimes, though, it's a little clunky. Or maybe it's just a little clunky for me, as I'm part of every single Shared Drive, and dozens of Google Classrooms.

Now, we may be behind the times a little, but after last year, we finally put naming conventions in place for Google Classrooms for this year, and WHAT. A. DIFFERENCE!

We've used naming conventions in the past, but try as we might, I hadn't been able to get all classrooms on board. Since last year brought us so many new experiences, I think it finally pushed everyone over to the edge of understanding, and now, it's pretty cool.

Every teacher has named their Google Classroom the same way - grade, subject, teacher, year. So now, when I open my Google Classroom, everything is organized! Even more than that, though, since Google Classroom syncs with so many of the platforms we use, when I open or GoGuardian Teacher, everything is super organized!

Oh, and you may be thinking that if I'm on most of the Google Classrooms, I must get a ton of emails. Nope. We taught everyone how to turn off notifications for their non-lead classrooms. Game changer.

In fact, Google, Google Classroom, Naming Conventions, and Notification Settings have all been Game Changers this year!

Sometimes it's the simple things that make a big, big difference!

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