Google Classroom has many practical limitations and users say a more holistic approach is needed to fully engage students and parents (especially parents). We recommend only using Google Classroom in tandem with Milk (My Interactive Learning Kit) – read our blog article to find out more.
If your school uses Google Classroom, your staff may have noticed some of the limitations outlined in the above article.
The biggest hurdle of using Google classroom comes from its ability to engage parents due to its option for parents to opt out of email updates. Schools have long had email systems in place, but “email boredom” and inbox clutter are very real reasons why email correspondence of home learning and school communication does not guarantee the best engagement.
Milk (My Interactive Learning Kit) provides a pure and dedicated information channel to students and parents regarding home learning, communication, grades, achievement, attendance and more.
Milk sync with Google Classroom includes:
- students and parents can easily view Google Classroom assignments and feedback via Milk
- Google Classroom assignments are included in Milk Analytics
- Google Classroom assignment status e.g., ongoing, complete, returned, etc., is reflected in Milk
Please share this video link with all staff for instructions on how to sync their Google Classroom account with Milk:
Milk and Google Classroom instruction video
What if the classes on google aren’t named the same as the classes on Milk?
The sync will first create a class with same name of Google Classroom if there is no mathcing class in Milk, but generally so long as the classes are named the same, no new classes will be created and all existing classes will sync accordingly.
The sync process will ignore case sensitivity any spaces after/before and between as well.
Milk has a Class named "9y/te" and we try syncing assignments from the same class in GC, instead of creating a new class, it will simply add any classes spelt in GC as follows:
" 9y/te "
"9y / te"
"9Y / TE"
Would this sync require the pupil and teacher email addresses to be their school google addresses to sync?
Teacher's google addresses are not require to be registered with Milk, but all pupils' google addresses are required to be registered with Milk. This ensures the assignments are correctly linked to the right Milk account.