How to Use Google Classroom for Parents

Google Classroom Help for Parents

We’re all learning so much during this time of Distance Learning! For teachers, students, and parents alike, the technology that we are using is brand new. Many teachers may be using Google Classroom to communicate lessons with students, but parents may be unfamiliar with the platform and need an overview on how to use it. Here are some Google Classroom for Parents tips to share with your families. If you are a parent, then keep reading below for help with using Google Classroom.

Share the following tips directly with parents! Feel free to send them this post to help them on their Google Classroom journey.

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Class Codes

If students are accessing a Google Classroom for the first time, they must enter a class code. On the top right-hand corner, there is a little + sign. Click on the +, and then click on “Join Class.” Enter the code given to you by the teacher.

Student View

This is what a student screen will look like for an individual class:

Screen shot showing a sample of the Google Classroom Login Screen

The main components of the student screen are:

  • Stream: Think of this as a social media feed. Teachers will post announcements, students can share something with their class, or recent assignments will post here.
  • Classwork: This is where assignments are posted. Think of this as a digital planner where you can easily see assignments and due dates.
  • People: This tab shows who is in the class.



When you click on the classwork tab, this is what the screen will look like:

Screenshot for classwork tab in google classroom


When you click on the assignment, you will see the details of the assignment and the due date.

Screenshot of Google Classroom Assignment Details

Click on “View Assignment.” This is where your child will turn in their work.

Google Classroom View Assignment Screen

Any necessary documents will also be attached to the assignment. If there is something to upload, click on the “Add or Create” button BEFORE pressing “Mark as Done.”

If “Mark as Done” was accidentally clicked, you can unsubmit your assignment. Click “unsubmit” and you will be able to add any additional documents needed to send to the teacher.

Google Classroom Unsubmit Screen Shot

Want to see a glance of ALL the assignments your student has? Click on the “View your work” button on the Classwork page (above the assignments). All of your students’ assignments will be listed, categorized by assigned, returned with grade, and missing. This is a wonderful way to get an idea of what your student needs to accomplish for the particular class.

Screenshot of Google Classroom View Your Work Screen

At any time, you can click the three lines in the upper left-hand corner to return to the home page. On the home page, you will see all of your child’s classes. Any assignments that are due will be listed in each class along with the due date.

Google Classroom View Your Work Screenshot

If you click the three lines on the left-hand side again, you’ll notice that there is a To-Do tab.

Google Classroom To Do Tab Screenshot

When you click on “To-Do,” you will see everything that is due for all classes.

Google Classroom To Do Screen Screenshot

Classroom Summary Emails

Teachers can invite parents and guardians to email summaries regarding their child’s progress. These summaries are by default turned off. Parents and guardians can choose if these emails are delivered daily or weekly, However, the information in these emails is limited; they will only inform the parent/guardian of:

  • missing work (work that is late at the time the email was sent)
  • upcoming work (work that’s due today and tomorrow-for daily emails- or work that’s due in the upcoming week-for weekly emails)
  • class activity (announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by the teacher).
  • Note that parents and guardians can unsubscribe at any time. Also, parents and guardians CANNOT access the Classroom. They must go through their student’s account to see details regarding assignments or any work that has been turned in. Learning new technology can be daunting. Hopefully, these tips and tricks will help to relieve some anxiety for parents as they get used to distance learning with their child!Share these Google Classroom tips for parents to help in this transition to distance learning! Just think- when you return to the classroom, your students and parents will be ready to use Google Classroom as a management tool for in-class assignments!

Distance Learning Resources

If you’re looking for resources to help facilitate distance learning, check out these Google Classroom ready reading comprehension units!

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