Sep 16 / Holly Murray, Eoghan O Neill and Mark Delahunty

Your guide to Teaching with Google Workspace Tools for Education

(with FREE exemplars)

by the Holly Murray, Eoghan O Neill and Mark Delahunty

Your Guide to Teaching with Google Workspace Tools for Education

Teaching with Google Workspace for Education apps can really transform your classroom. You may already be familiar with Google Forms, Google Slides, Google Meet, Google Sites or Google Jamboard to name just a few of these tools, but are you sure you are getting the full potential from these apps to keep students engaged, make learning accessible or save yourself hours of correction and preparation time? 


In this blogpost we showcase the Google Workspace tools teachers need to know, with free video tutorials from our Google course for Educators.

How to create a YouTube Playlist for your class
...and why this is your need to know tool for Flipped Learning

by Eoghan O Neill

You may be surprised to see YouTube Playlists in our list of need-to-know Google Workspace tools, but this is one of the top tools used by teachers for Flipped Learning. Why? Simple…by creating a YouTube Playlist for your class and sharing it through Google Workspace for Education, students can view lesson videos in advance of classroom activities so they are ready to build on the learning in class the next day. Alternatively, playlists can be shared as a means of recapping content covered in class or as a resource for group/individual assignments.  

YouTube Playlists are very flexible and easy to create and can be used for multiple purposes, including creating YouTube playlists on a subject area or topic collaboratively with other teachers in the same department/class level.  

In this video snippet, I show how to create a YouTube Playlist for your class.
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How to Assess your Students with Google Forms Quizzes

by Eoghan O Neill

Using Google Forms Quizzes has a huge impact in my classroom as it provides me with real-time data that allows me to plan how I move forward with classwork. I use this tool for both teacher-led and student-led assessment as I can quickly see at one glance which students are excelling and which students require more help. I can also include links/comments in my Google Forms Quiz that will assist students who have provided an incorrect answer, helping them to self-correct.  

The ability to provide such instant feedback to students is so important in helping them to progress with their learning, and the fact that these quizzes/assessments correct themselves is also a huge time-saving hack in the classroom.  

In this video snippet I demonstrate how to assess students and give them feedback in a Google Forms Quiz
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How to use Google Sites to Build a Class Website

by Mark Delahunty

Having your resources and lessons on a site allows students to revise over any area that they may have missed or found difficult and the beauty about Google Sites is that, not only can you easily create a class website, but you can constantly add to your website, building it as you go.


Google Sites gives you the ability to add images, pdfs, videos, docs, slides and much more to your website. You can even work collaboratively with a colleague to create your Google Site which is a great way to share the workload and develop a valuable learning resource that you can use over and over.


Watch this short video to see how to get starting with building a class website using Google Sites.

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Creating Interactive Resources for Flipped Learning with Google Slides

by Mark Delahunty

Inserting links and videos into Google Slides makes for the perfect Interactive Resources for in-class or Flipped Learning, offering students the opportunity to prepare for the following days’ lesson or revise over lessons already covered in class.


Interactive resources foster engagement in the classroom and a huge benefit of using Google Slides to create Interactive Resources is that students can easily build a digital portfolio that is automatically saved with each edit. AND, combine students’ Google Slides with their own Google Site and students have an incredible platform to showcase their work. 


In this video snippet, I show how to create Interactive Resources in Google Slides.

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How to use Google Jamboard as an Interactive Whiteboard

by Holly Murray

Google Jamboard is an excellent tool for creating digital ePortfolios or collaborating with students using digital inking, using this tool as an Interactive Whiteboard.  

As a Geography teacher I can use Google Jamboard to draw out a sketch map, a diagram or a timeline for history class. Jamboard allows you to insert items from your Google drive or your device and to insert photographs from the web also.

Another great feature of Google Jamboard is that it is fully integrated into Google Meet, so during Remote teaching and learning, despite being at home, myself and my full class could still create a mindmap together online for end of chapter revision.  
Watch this video to see an exemplar of how I use Google Jamboard as an Interactive Whiteboard in my classroom.
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How to check the originality of students' work with Plagerism Checker in Google for Education

By Holly Murray

Google Workspace for Education helps me to keep myself and my students organised with assignments. It is an excellent way to keep track of the students assignments and to show at a parent teacher meeting instead of carrying samples of the students work.  

The plagiarism checker which is now built into Google Workspace for Education is an excellent tool for teachers to check the originality of students’ work and deters them from copying and pasting a large essay from the internet. I use the Plagerism Checker with my senior cycle history students. It is a very handy tool to use for senior cycle Research Study Reports (RSR) as the RSR gets marked by the SEC so under no circumstances can it be copy and pasted.  

Some Top Tips: In order for the plagiarism checker to work, a student must upload a typed document into Google Workspace. I would also advise when using Google Classroom as a teacher to create topics to keep your work tidy and accessible e.g. I create a new topic for each section or chapter so the students can find their work easily.  

In this video I show how to use the Plagerism Checker in Google Workspace for Education to check the contents for originality.
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