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Create Assignment Button Gets an Update!

Science Buddies' convenient Google Classroom integration now enables teachers to add STEM resources from Science Buddies to Google Classroom as assignments or as announcements!

Science Buddies expands support for Google Classroom. Learn more about the updated button.

If you have used Science Buddies with Google Classroom in the past to make assignments for your science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes, you will notice a change this year in how our Google Classroom integration works. The "Create Assignment" button has been replaced with a multi-purpose "Google Classroom" button that lets you choose whether you want to create an assignment or an announcement. This update is in response to feedback we received from many teachers who told us that they make frequent use of announcements in Google Classroom. Now you can add Science Buddies' resources and materials as announcements, too!

Here is a quick tour of what you will see and how to use these features.

The Google Classroom Button at Science Buddies

To add Science Buddies' materials to your Google Classroom, you need to be logged in as a Google Classroom teacher at Science Buddies. You also need to have an active class in Google Classroom with at least one student enrolled in the class.

Log in to use Google Classroom features

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. Resources that can be added have a "Google Classroom" button, like the one shown below:

The Google Classroom button can be found to the right of the title for many resources

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 provided to allow assigning the video specifically, as shown below:

Videos have a separate Google Classroom button

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:

Google Classroom button allows creation of multiple kinds of additions to the Google Classroom environment

Create an Assignment

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

Google Classroom create assignment option

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).

Create assignment details box

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:

Summary of assignment details at Science Buddies

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.

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

Assignment in Google Classroom

Create an Announcement

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

Google Classroom create announcement option

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.

Announcement details box

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:

Summary of announcement details at Science Buddies

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

Announcement in Google Classroom

How Will You Use Google Classroom and Science Buddies?

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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