Faster Google Classroom Assignments with a Bookmarklet
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If you're a teacher and manage a Google Classroom, you probably have daily or weekly routines for adding assignments. If you frequently assign work to a subset of your students, like "Advanced Readers" or "Group Two", here's a free tool that can streamline your work and avoid repetitive tasks.
I wrote this tool for my wife to use during Distance Learning, and hope it will benefit other teachers too.
Most browsers support "bookmarklets" as a lightweight way to script interactions with a webpage. You're probably familiar with "bookmarks" as a means to save a webpage address so you can find it later. Bookmarklets live alongside your bookmarks, but instead of navigating you to a saved address, a bookmarklet can perform actions on the current page.
A bookmarklet is like a simple kind of browser extension.
I've created a free bookmarklet to streamline two scenarios:
- Assigning work to only a specified list of students.
- Assigning work to all students except a specified list.
For example, assigning an advanced math homework or a differentiated language assignment.
Let's say you have a group of five students – Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Velma, and Daphne – that you sometimes assign work to. Your current workflow is something like:
- Look up which students are in the group.
- Open the drop-down list of assignees.
- Uncheck "All students".
- Check each of the five students.
- Close the assignees list.
Use the bookmarklet generator to create a bookmarklet that automates these repetitive clicks. Your new workflow is as simple as:
- Click the "Mystery Incorporated" bookmarklet.
If you have multiple groups, you can easily create a bookmarklet for each one.
If you see an error message when you run the bookmarklet, follow these steps:
Read the error message and look for troubleshooting tips. If you need to edit student names, open the bookmarklet generator and run your bookmarklet.
Changes to the Google Classroom interface may inadvertently break the bookmarklet. Open the bookmarklet generator and run your bookmarklet(s) to check for updates.
If all else fails, leave a comment below describing the issue and the error message you receive. I will assist as time allows.