Differentiating Instruction with Google Classroom – GTT005

What is Differentiation and How to Differentiate in Google Classroom?

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  • WORD LENS IN JAPANESE: If you don’t speak Japanese, Tokyo can be a confusing and sometimes daunting place to visit. Even if you make it through the complex subway system, you’ll be faced with street signs, menus or products on supermarket shelves that are only in Japanese.
    • With Word Lens now available in Japanese, you’ll never have to worry about taking a wrong turn on a busy Shibuya street or ordering something you wouldn’t normally eat.
    • The Google Translate app already lets you snap a photo of Japanese text and get a translation for it in English. But it’s a whole lot more convenient if you can just point your camera and instantly translate text on the go. With Word Lens, you just need to fire up the Translate app, point your camera at the Japanese text, and the English translations will appear overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection. It’s every savvy traveler’s dream!


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Differentiation in Google Classroom
  • What is Differentiation?
  • Why Digital Differentiation?
  • New Feature in G Class
  • Ways to Differentiate in G Class
  • Tips for Differentiated Assignments

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  • Steven Dutcher

    Thanks for the answer! I’ll look into the share settings, Matt. Kasey, I wish we had access too. I should have mentioned we use Schoology for online class management. I like it also, but I often wonder if Google Classroom would be a better choice. Strange my school system gave us GSuite but not Classroom. We’re very restricted as to what add-ons we’re allowed to use with our GSuite accounts too. Network security requirements and maintaining the security of students’ personal info unfortunately limit our tech resources severely. If a provider will alter their user agreement to make it through our system’s vetting process then it’s a possibility. A few common providers have done so, but many have refused, causing those resources to be stricken from our already short list of authorized online resources. My school building was built shortly after WWII, and we’ll fjnally be moving into a brand new, 21st-century-concept building for SY18-19. Maybe Google Classroom is in our future. Keep up the great work on the podcast! Thanks for all you do.

    • Matt Jacobson

      Hey Steven! I agree that Classroom would be the best option. However, if the Classroom solution doesn’t work out, how about grabbing the shareable link, setting the permissions to “anyone with the link can view,” and emailing the link to your kids? Then, when you’re done sharing, just make the doc private again.

    • Nick Shuman


      Another option you can use, if you know when you’d like to pull student access to a file, is to set an expiration date while sharing it with your group. This feature is not readily apparent when you are working in the share window and you do need to go to the ‘Advanced’ pane to access it. Here is a blog post that walks you through how to access the expiration dates tool: https://tech2integrate.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/expiration-dates-for-your-google-drive-files/

      I hope this or one of the other suggestions you’ve received can help you streamline the process for you.

  • Louie Soper

    Hi there!

    Love the podcast! I look forward to listening each Monday night on my walk. 😀 When I get home, I usually put something I learned into practice!

    Nevertheless, my question! I would like to assign the same Webquest project to 5 different groups in my class. Besides one student adjusting the “sharing rights” for a Doc, is there a way to “Make a Copy” of the same doc template for the students to collaborate on within each of the five groups working on the project. Keep in mind, if I simply attach a Doc and all students to edit, all five groups will be editing the same doc. Hope this makes sense!

    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Gretchen Orwig

      Hey Louie,
      Kasey and Matt, I hope I’m not overstepping my bounds by answering this question.

      I’m not seeing an answer to your query here, so I’m going to try to answer it. I think understand your question. You want 5 group to work on a webquest, so you want each group to work on a shared doc?
      I’d just make 5 copies of the doc and add a group number to the file name.
      (EX: Webquest-Group 1, Webquest-Group 2…)
      Then, post all 5 copies to GC as student can edit.
      Each group just works on the doc with their assigned group number.
      I love this way because then you can always have access to monitor their learning from beginning to end.

      Of course, if you are worried about students getting cheeky, or about privacy, you could assign each copy to each group under the new classroom feature of selecting individual students. However, that seems like a bit of a hassle, and students tend to be more focused on their own work than that of their classmates.

      *re: making multiple copies, I believe Alice Keeler has an app script to make multiple copies all at once.

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