GOOGLE CLASSROOM 2.0: Beyond the Basics


[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]



Charity Staudenraus



Expand your use of Google Classroom.  In this course, we will work to create a more organized feed so that the online classroom space is coherent and geared toward student success. We will work to maximize communication with guardians. Discussions, Rubrics, and Grading will all be explored in this course. Finally, educators will get the opportunity to experiment with various add-on functions in order to tailor an experience and course that is geared toward their individual needs. Google Classroom 2.0 represents a higher level of exposure to Google Classroom. This course is intended for educators who have taken the instructor’s ‘Google Classroom’ course, or those who have become proficient on their own. Note: please review the ‘Google Classroom’ syllabus prior to signing up for this course.

This course will help educators K-12 take their use of Google Classroom to the next level. Collaboration with other educators is also possible. 

This course is applicable for any K-12 teachers and/or administrators who wish to better their technology skills. There is no textbook for this class; all references and materials are located online.

Note: Google Classroom is now available to anyone with a personal Gmail account. This course is open to all educators. If you do not have access to a Google Education account through your school district you can try Google Classroom. Sign up here!


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Understand how to use Google Classroom in the classroom and general education environment.
  2. Be able to organize their feed and email guardians, create a Google site, integrate Google calendar, start a discussion, add rubrics, maximize student cooperation, explore Google forms and Google Cast, and more.
  3. Understand how Google Classroom can enhance collaboration both inside and outside of the classroom.
  4. Understand how Google Classroom can increase productivity.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



There is no textbook for this class; all references and materials are located on-line.

None. All reading is online.


Course Materials found online.


CHARITY STAUDENRAUS, M.A.T, received her BA from Willamette University, her MAT from Willamette University. Charity has experience teaching math, science, social studies, business, and language courses at the middle and high school level.  She is currently serving on the 2014-2017 Oregon Science Content and Assessment Panel as well as the Oregon Instructional Materials Criteria Development Committee.  In addition Charity is consulting on a Rutgers University and WPI project funded through multiple Department of Education and National Science Foundation Grants.


GOOGLE CLASSROOM 2.0: Beyond the Basics

Keeler, A., & Miller, L. (2015). “50 things you can do with Google Classroom.” San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting.

Brumbaugh, K., & Calhoon, E. (2014). Creating a Google Apps classroom: The educator's cookbook.” Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.

Beck, M., & Wallace, J. (2015). “Google Classroom for Teachers & Educators from A to Z: From Good to Great Effortlessly!” CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Alice Keeler.
Alice Keeler has a fantastic blog “Teacher Tech” that I highly recommend following.  She is tech savvy and the tips she gives save significant time and headache.

International Society for Technology in Education.” 2011.
This website is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.

Northwest Council for Computer Education.” 2011.          
NCCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting effective uses of technology in education. In addition to hosting the largest educational technology conference in the Pacific Northwest, NCCE provides its members with resources and professional development opportunities throughout the year.
The mission of NCCE is to promote and support the effective use of technology in all aspects of education as Technology plays a fundamental role in lifelong learning and is used in all aspects of education such as teaching, learning, assessment, evaluation, record keeping, personal productivity, and communication systems. They put on an amazing conference every year in the Northwest.