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Navigating Google Classroom for Parents

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Gabrielle, Queen's Square | May 12, 2020

We get it. Being both a parent and a teacher is hard.

As families across the Region continue to adjust to learning from home, we know not everything is smooth sailing. Last week the Waterloo Catholic District School Board released the data from their evaluation of at home learning and the results are clear. Many families are still struggling.

The good news is Idea Exchange is here to help! We looked at the top 14 things parents identified in the study, and help with Google Classroom ranked high on the list. We reached out to our friends at Google (thanks Eugene and Sandy!) and they gave us this video from their friends at EdTechTeam Canada. Watch the step-by-step tutorial on how to use Google classroom. No time to watch the whole thing? They were also kind enough to give us a copy of the slide deck.

Don’t forget we also have lots of online resources to help with at home assignments or just keeping little ones busy when you need to take a moment or a work call:

  • Tumblebooks* has access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for kids, teens and adults.
  • Check out the dozens of databases* you can access for free such as encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and more.
  • Kanopy for Kids* has movies and TV shows you can stream for free. One of our favourite offerings is the “Storytime” category with short, animated versions of many of our most popular book titles. Find your kid’s favourite characters from Curious George and Corduroy, to Scaredy Squirrel and Pigeon.

A big virtual high five to all you parents out there. You got this.

*These resources can be accessed with your free membership card. Not a member yet? Sign up for your free online membership.