While Google Drive is compatible with Google Classroom, it can be integrated into other learning management systems. Since Google Drive is cloud-based, students have access to viewing, editing, and downloading documents, as long as they have their own Google account. Although Google Drive offers shareable tools and the ability to upload files to a LMS such as Canvas, it is best integrated into Google Classroom.
Assigning Google Drive Files to Google Classroom:
Once you complete a digital assignment in Google Drive, you need to publish it to Google Classroom for your students to view and complete. While you can share links to your Google Drive files for viewing and editing, Google Classroom organizes materials and produces individually assigned documents with point values.
Google Classroom separates each of your course into their own classes. In order to upload and assign files through Google Classroom, select one of the courses. On the course page, instructors have the ability to post announcements to the “Stream,” such as updates, to-do lists, or discussion questions. These announcements can be posted to one or any selected course from Google Classroom.
In order to post assignments, access the “Classwork” tab. In this section of Google Classroom, instructors can organize content with topic headings. Within these topics, instructors can post materials or assignments. Once instructors select the “+Create” button, they have the option to select “Assignment” or “Quiz Assignment.” For most assignments, the “Assignment” tab will be used, as any type of Google Document or Form can be included within the posting.
How to Post an Assignment File from Google Drive:
Select “+Create” and then “Assignment.” If you only want to post reading material from your files, as opposed to requiring a task and due date, select “Material” instead.
In the pop-up window, provide a title and instructions for your assignment. Select which classes will receive the assignment, the point value, due dates, and which Google Classroom topic it will be posted within.
Uploading a file Select the paperclip “Assign” button to include files from Google Drive. Once you include your file, choose how you want students to access it as a “View Only” or “Each Student Gets Their Own Copy.” Assignments that are intended to be completed and returned on the same document should have their own copy.