A great new extension was just released for Google Classroom. It allows you to push (force open) a website to all of the students in your class from your computer immediately. Yes, this is slightly creepy, but Google just keeps getting smarter! This will 1) most definitely save you valuable instructional time 2) give you super-hero powers that were once reserved for Clark Kent (or Andy Stewart).
- Go to g.co/sharetoclassroom and click Add to Chrome then Add Extension. You will need to direct your students to add this as well. I would simply add this link as an announcement. Once they have the extension, they can receive your pushes and even push their screen out to you.
- The classroom icon will appear to the right of your URL window.
- Go to the site that you’re wanting students to be directed to.
- Click on the classroom icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen.
- Select the class you want.
- Use the drop-down box to select Push to Students. You will notice a thumbnail image will appear. Select Push.
- Students will receive notification in the lower right hand corner of their screen letting them know you’ve pushed a site to them. The site will then automatically open. Boom Baby! How cool is that?
- You may also use this extension to create an assignment or announcement. Personally, I like being able to create an announcement/assignment within Classroom, so I can select multiple classes at once.
- Here’s a quick little demo video.
Do keep in mind that you can really mess with your students and irritate other super heroes in your building if you push a site to a class that you don’t currently have. On the other hand, I think this could be really valuable to push out a google doc or site to your entire student body for daily announcements. This would also be a great way for students to share their work with the teacher who can project it on the screen. The possibilities are endless! Happy Googling!