Google Classroom allows you to assign work and collect it. What Google Classroom does not have is a gradebook - Veracross features a gradebook you can use. Google Classroom makes it easy to quickly provide students feedback either directly on their document by inserting comments or by leaving a comment in the grading list.

The Stream

For the assignment you are assessing, locate the assignment in the stream. Clicking on the assignment title will show you the list of all students enrolled in the class. Clicking on the numbers allows you to filter your view by who has turned in their assignment or by who has not turned in their work yet.


Once a student has turned in their work, you become an editor of their document and their Google Document is locked into View only mode for them. Students will not see any comments you add using the comment system in Google Docs until you return the work to them. If you would like for them to view your comments while you are commenting on their work, you will need to change the sharing permissions on their document to Can Comment.

Alternatively, you can provide feedback in Google Classroom. Students will get an email and a notification when you give back feedback from within Google Classroom.



Google Classroom defaults to 100 points for an assignment. Above the list of student names is the point value for the assignment. A drop-down menu allows you to change the points possible to 1, 20, 50, 100 or mark as “Ungraded.” Clicking on the point values allows you to type over the default value and insert a custom value. At this time, decimal or letter values are not possible.


Enter student points earned by clicking on the slot in each students row. Pressing enter or tab does not go to the next student. Use your mouse to select the next student and type their grade.

View All Student Work

Student attachments are automatically saved in a folder in Google Drive. Above the list of student names is a button to link to the folder in Google Classroom that has that assignments student work. Student work is appended with their name to make it easy to identify their work in Google Drive. You can click on individual student assignments or use preview mode in Google Drive to view multiple students quickly.


Returning work

When students submit an attachment to an assignment the teacher becomes the owner of the document and the student loses editing rights. Returning work to students allows them to have editing rights. Check the checkbox next to each student you wish to return work to. This is done automatically if you insert a score for a student. Click the blue return button to return the work.



Writing process

If you are allowing students to resubmit work with corrections after you return their work to them, students have a chance to resubmit their work for the same assignment. You can view each students record of their submissions by clicking the submission history link for each student.


When you return the student work and if you change their grade, the student will be notified when you click the return button.


View all assignments for all of your classes

Instead of locating the assignment in the stream you can start by click on the Classroom main menu icon in the upper left hand corner. This is 3 lines stacked. From the menu, choose “Assignments” which is listed second under “Home.”


The assignment list shows all of the assignments. In the same way as if the assignments were listed in the stream you can click on the assignment title to view a list of all students or click on the number done to only view a list of students who have submitted the assignment. If you have graded or provided feedback to students you can click on the 3 stacked dots on the right-hand side of each assignment. This will reveal the option to "Mark as reviewed." Marking as reviewed removes the assignment from the assignment list and moves it to the "Reviewed" tab.viewallassignments2

In the next post, we will go over how to create a short question/discussion to students in the class stream at any time, with options to allow students to edit their own answer, and to see and reply to classmates’ answers. Students answer the question in the class stream, and teachers have the option to grade answers.