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The Google Classroom button at Science Buddies makes it easy for teachers to add STEM resources to Google Classroom as assignments or as announcements!

Cropped screenshot of a create assignment and create announcement button in a Google Classroom button drop-down menu

Back to school with the Google Classroom button!

Our push-button Google Classroom integration makes it easy for teachers to add resources from Science Buddies to Google Classroom for use in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes. The flexible "Google Classroom" button lets you create assignments or announcements that will immediately show up for your students in Google Classroom.

Here is a quick overview of how to use the multi-purpose "Google Classroom" button.

Using the Google Classroom Button at Science Buddies

To add materials from Science Buddies to your Google Classroom, you need to be logged in as a Google Classroom teacher on the Science Buddies website. To take advantage of this feature, you also need to have an active class in Google Classroom with at least one student enrolled in the class.

Cropped screenshot of a log in page for ScienceBuddies.org

A cropped screenshot of a log in prompt on the website ScienceBuddies.org shows three account logins for a Science Buddies account, Google Classroom account and a Social Media account. The Science Buddies account requires a username and password. The Google Classroom account has buttons for a student and teacher login (the Teacher log in is highlighted in this screenshot). The Social Media account has buttons to log in with Google or Facebook.

Once you are logged in as a Google Classroom Teacher, you will be able to add resources from the Science Buddies website to your Google Classroom. Thousands of pages at Science Buddies work with the Google Classroom button. Resources that can be added have a "Google Classroom" button, like the one shown below:

Cropped screenshot of a Create Assignment button highlighted on a project summary page on ScienceBuddies.org

For resources like project ideas, activities, career profiles, and even the Topic Selection Wizard, this button appears to the right of the screen across from the resource title (as shown above). For resources like videos, you may see a separate button to allow assigning the video independent of the rest of the resource, as shown below:

Cropped screenshot of a Create Assignment button for Google Classroom under a video on ScienceBuddies.org

After you have identified the resource you want to add, click the "Google Classroom" button and choose whether you want to create an assignment or an announcement:

Cropped screenshot of a create assignment and create announcement button in a Google Classroom button drop-down menu

Steps for making each kind of addition to Google Classroom from Science Buddies are described below.

Create an Assignment

To create an assignment, click the "Google Classroom" button and choose "Create Assignment" from the menu:

Cropped screenshot of a Create Assignment button highlighted on a project summary page on ScienceBuddies.org

A cropped screenshot shows a Create Assignment link highlighted on a project summary page on the website ScienceBuddies.org. The Create Assignment link is in a drop-down menu under a Google Classroom button.

On the Assignment Details screen that opens (shown below), select the class and fill in the details of the assignment, including the due date, any specific instructions for students, and the points possible (if the assignment will be graded).

Cropped screenshot of an assignment being created for Google Classroom on ScienceBuddies.org

A cropped screenshot of an assignment being created for Google Classroom shows 6 fillable fields for a selected course, title, description, due date, an option to be graded and points possible.

Click the "Create Assignment" button to add the assignment to your Classroom.

Once the assignment is made, you will see a summary of the assignment details, as shown below:

Cropped screenshot of details for an assignment posted in Google Classroom on ScienceBuddies.org

A cropped screenshot of assignment details for an assignment in Google Classroom shows a course, assignment name, teacher, date assigned, due date, points possible and a link to the assignment in Google Classroom.

If you need to assign the resource again for another class, use the "Need to create this assignment again?" link that appears on the right. Use the "View Student Submissions" link to view and return submissions with the Teacher Dashboard at Science Buddies. (Once you score and return an assignment using the Teacher Dashboard, the assignment will automatically be returned to the student in Google Classroom. For more information about using the Teacher Dashboard, see this post.)

Important: To avoid complications with your Science Buddies assignments, please create your repeat assignments from the Science Buddies website rather than using the "re-use" option in Google Classroom. (The "re-use" option may appear to work, but students will not be able to access and complete the assignments.)

In Google Classroom, students will see the assignment in their stream. When a student opens the assignment, additional details will be shown. (Reminder: Students should be instructed to use the "Turn in" button at Science Buddies to submit their work.)

Cropped screenshot of a notification for a new assignment in Google Classroom

Create an Announcement

To create an announcement, click the "Google Classroom" button and choose "Create Announcement" from the menu.

Cropped screenshot of a Create Announcement button highlighted on a project summary page on ScienceBuddies.org

A cropped screenshot shows a Create Announcement link highlighted on a project summary page on the website ScienceBuddies.org. The Create Announcement link is in a drop-down menu under a Google Classroom button.

On the Announcement Details screen (shown below), select the class and fill in the description or summary you want students to see about the resource.

Cropped screenshot of an announcement being created for Google Classroom on ScienceBuddies.org

A cropped screenshot of an announcement being created for Google Classroom shows 2 fillable fields for a selected course and an announcement.

Click the "Create Announcement" button to add the announcement to your Classroom.

Once the announcement is made, you will see a summary of the announcement details, as shown below:

Cropped screenshot of details for an announcement posted in Google Classroom on ScienceBuddies.org

A cropped screenshot of details for an announcement in Google Classroom shows a course, teacher, announcement date, announcement text and a link to the announcement in Google Classroom.

In Google Classroom, students will see the announcement, along with the link to access the resource.

Cropped screenshot of a link to an article in a Google Classroom announcement

How Will You Use Google Classroom and Science Buddies?

For ideas about using the "Google Clasroom" button to make assignments and announcements for your students, see the following posts:

For more information about using Google Classroom with Science Buddies, see our Google Classroom page. To view assignments and announcements you have made for your classes, visit the Teacher Dashboard.

Share Your Story!

Do you use Science Buddies with Google Classroom? We would love to hear how you use the new Google Classroom button from Science Buddies and what you add to Google Classroom! Share your story by emailing us at scibuddy@sciencebuddies.org.



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