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Setting Assignments for Google Classroom
It's now very easy to set an assignment using GC, though it's a little harder if you want the test marks sent back (see the sections 2 and 3 lower in the page).
1. Using the Share button
For every page in Focus on Sound that can be set as an assignment you'll see one of these 'Share' buttons at the top right of your screen.
That takes you to the screen below. You might need to click on your profile picture to change accounts if it defaults to your personal account.
You then choose the class (see below). You can then set dates, etc. and duplicate the assignment to other classes.
When the students have done the work, they need to click the 'Mark as Done' button.
You have no way of checking whether they have actually done the work if you have just set pages on a dictionary topic such as 'Flute' or 'Perfect cadence'.
If you have set a test or a lesson, you can go into Focus on Sound and check test marks and the number of pages read.
2. Using the Custom Lesson/GC feature
If you need results to be sent back to Google Classroom and/or you want to set work for multiple classes, you need to use the new Custom Lesson system.
First, go to Custom Lessons in My School.
Then click 'Add new' or edit a previous custom lesson. Notice the new 'Sync with Google Classroom' button.
You'll notice a date assigner now appears. You can adjust the dates later in Google Classroom itself. The default start date is one day ahead, as it is in Google Classroom. In GC itself, as long as you set the time to be later than the current time, you can schedule the start time to be the same day.
When you have finished setting the lesson you'll see a new Preview Lesson button. Use that to check through everything before you publish.
When you publish the lesson it will be set up as an assignment for the classes you have specified.
Caution - when you click Publish, the assignment is set up for the class(es) you have chosen. Unticking a class will destroy the link with that class - so don't use this system as a template for other lessons with other classes. Also, changing the name of an existing custom lesson can cause problems with the result saving system. We will soon have checks in place to stop you doing any of these actions.
Once you have set up the assignments, you will probably want to go into your Classroom application to check them all and adjust dates as necessary.
3. Sending results back to Google Classroom
When the student has finished the lesson the teacher will see that the work has been 'handed in'. It's important they get to the very end, pressing the End Lesson button. No mark will be shown at this stage.
Unfortunately, Google does not allow students to send their own results. It has to be the teacher that presses the button.
The way we do this is to have a 'Save to GC' button in the Focus on Sound class results system. So, first find the custom lesson itself, either in My School -> Custom lessons, or via the main results system. Then, once you have chosen the class, you'll see the Save to GC button.
You'd need to wait until most or all the students have done the lesson before clicking that button, though you can click it again later.
If any students' results are still shown as 'Missing' in GC, although marks are shown in Focus on Sound results, the student has probably not pressed the End lesson button. The students involved then need to press the Mark as done button in the GC assignment. Then you can click the Save to GC button again. The final marks should now appear.
Confused about the pages seen figure in FoS results? Go here.