Copy Assignment In Google Classroom Google

Welcome to This site is created by Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller to provide a look at Google Classroom. Scroll down to review each section of Google Classroom. We have outlined the elements you will find for each part of the Google Classroom platform.

Signing Into Google Classroom

Google Classroom Website

Start with the Google Classroom website:

Creating or Joining a Class

Locate the plus icon in the upper right-hand corner after signing up. Teachers can join a class as a student or create a class.

Class Tiles

The class tiles page allows the teacher or student to easily switch from one Google Classroom class to another.

  1. Join or create a new class.
  2. Menu
  3. Click on class title to enter class.
  4. Upcoming assignments.
  5. Link to class folder in Google Drive.
  6. More options: Rename class or Archive.


The Stream is the main page of each Google Classroom class. All assignments and announcements are displayed there.

  1. View the Stream.
  2. View list of students.
  3. About tab.
  4. Add a post: Announcement, Assignment, or Question.
  5. List of upcoming assignments.
  6. Show deleted items from the Stream.
  7. Topics list
  8. Change/customize class theme.
  9. Menu.
  10. Assignment drafts.

Student View

  1. View the Stream.
  2. View list of students.
  3. About tab.
  4. Add a post to the Stream.
  5. List of students uncompleted upcoming assignments.
  6. Menu.
  7. Announcement.
  8. Class comments. Add a comment.
  9. Assignment.
  10. Open button to view full assignment directions and submit work.
  11. Topics.

Students Tab

The Students tab lists the students in the course.

  1. Invite students via email.
  2. Select all students.
  3. Select individual students.
  4. Actions:  Email selected student(s).Remove selected student(s). Mute selected student(s) from posting to the class Stream.
  5. Sort students.
  6. Allow or disallow students to comment or post to the Stream.
  7. Obtain class code or reset class code.
  8. Email student.
  9. Invite Guardians.
  10. Email all guardians.
  11. Enable guardian email summaries

About Tab

The About tab lists information about the class.

  1. Class teachers are listed on About tab.
  2. Email teacher.
  3. Link to class Google Drive folder.
  4. View class assignments in a calendar view in Google Classroom.
  5. View a Google Classroom calendar that includes the class assignments that have a due date listed.
  6. Add resource materials.
  7. Invite a co-teacher.
  8. Edit the course description.

Creating Posts

Google Classroom allows teachers to easily assign work or create announcements.

  1. Plus button in the bottom-right creates a post to the Stream.
  2. Announcement style post. Attachments are view only. Announcements do not push to the calendar.
  3. Create an assignment.
  4. Create a question style assignment.
  5. Reuse a post from the current class, another class, or an archived class.

  1. Assignment title.
  2. Assignment description. No rich text (no: bold, italics, images, etc…)
  3. Set due date/time.
  4. Attach resources as view only for students.
  5. Attach work for students where every student receives a copy.
  6. Attach any resource from computer.
  7. Attach any resource in Google Drive.
  8. Link to or search for YouTube videos.
  9. Link to websites.
  10. Post to multiple Google Classroom classes.
  11. Assign to selected students.
  12. Delete the post.
  13. Save post as draft.
  14. Assign post to the Stream.
  15. Add a topic to the assignment.


When attaching documents to an assignment there are 3 options for the document settings.

  1. By default documents are a view only resource.
  2. Collaboration option: Choosing “Students can edit file” allows all students to edit the same document.
  3. ‘Photocopy’ option: Choosing “Make a copy for each student” duplicates the attached template and places a copy for each student in the “My work” section of the assignment page.


  1. Assign a post to the Stream. Posts immediately.
  2. Schedule a post. Set the date and time for the post to appear in the Stream.
  3. Save draft of the post. Continue editing or allow a co-teacher to edit the post before assigning to the Stream.

More Options

On a post in the Stream, there is a more options (3 dots) icon in the upper right.

  1. More options icon.
  2. Move a post to the top of the Stream.
  3. Edit the post.
    (Note: Assignments can not be edited to allow for “Make a copy for each student.” This must be done before the assignment is assigned.)
  4. Delete the post.
  5. Copy link to the assignment.

Student Assignment Page

When students click on an assignment title in the Stream or click on the OPEN button, they view the assignment page.

  1. Assignment description.
  2. Teacher attached assignment resources.
  3. Student work attached.
  4. Student work copied by teacher. Student clicks on document title to edit.
  5. Assignment status: Not Done, Submitted, Late, Late Submitted.
  6. Add files to assignment: From Google Drive, Link to a website, File from computer.
  7. Create Google Docs and attach to the assignment. Students can create and attach Google Docs, Slides, Sheets or Drawings directly in Google Classroom.
  8. Student adds a comment that is visible to classmates in the Stream.
  9. Private comments between student and teacher are listed at the bottom.
  10. Student can add new private comments.
  11. Students turn in work or mark as done if there are not any attachments. When students submit work, ownership of the document is transferred to the teacher.

Google Drive

Google Classroom organizes and works with Google Drive. Google Classroom creates a Classroom folder in each teacher and students Google Drive. Within the Classroom folder in Google Drive is a folder for each class. In the teachers class folder is a folder for each assignment that students have submitted work to.

  1. Classroom folder.
  2. Class folder.
  3. Assignment folder.
  4. Student work submitted to a specific assignment.


Google Classroom allows students to submit work. Locate the work from the Google Classroom Stream (or go straight to Google Drive.)

  1. Click on assignment title to link to the assignment grading page.
  2. Number of students who submitted. Click to filter.
  3. Number of students not submitted. Click to filter.
  4. Number of students assignment returned to. Click to filter.

  1. Select all students.
  2. Sort students: Status, Last name, First name.
  3. Select all students who have submitted.
  4. Select all students who have not submitted.
  5. Filter tiles: All, Returned, Done, Not Done.
  6. Link to assignment folder in Google Drive.
  7. Student assignment tiles. Click on attachment to launch.
  8. Student assignment tile with no attachment.
  9. Add numerical integer grade.
  10. Edit points possible.
  11. Return student work. Returns editing rights.
  12. Email selected students.
  13. View assignment instructions.
  14. Clear filter to view all student work.
  15. Export student roster, grades, comments. Can be used to import to external gradebook.

  1. Select individual students.
  2. Open and review student work.
  3. View conversation with student.
  4. View submission history: Done, Returned, Resubmitted, Late.
  5. Return to student tiles.
  6. Add private feedback.


Click the 3 lines in the upper-left corner of Google Classroom to view the menu.

  1. Class tiles (Home).
  2. Classroom calendar. All class assignments displayed on one calendar.
  3. List of assignments assigned for all classes.
  4. Class where the user has teacher role.
  5. List of work for students of classes.
  6. Class where the user has student role.
  7. Archived Classes.
  8. Settings: Change profile picture, set email notifications.


Choosing “Work” under the menu provides a list of assignments. By default work from all classes is displayed. The work list for classes you teach only displays assignments you’ve assigned. The work list for classes you are enrolled in only displays assignments that have been assigned to you.

  1. Filter by class.
  2. Work listed is sorted by due date.
  3. Click on assignment title to open that assignment.
  4. Click on number done/not done to view students who have submitted.
  5. More options dots allows to mark the assignment as reviewed, removing it from the “To review” list.
  6. Assignments marked as reviewed are listed under “Reviewed.”

  1. Filter by class.
  2. Late work is shown first. Assignments are listed by due date.
  3. Click on assignment title to open the assignment.
  4. Submitted assignments are listed under “Done.”


From the class tiles page, click on the options icon to archive the class.

Reuse assignments from archived classes.

Tip: Do NOT “Create new copies of all attachments.”

 Send Feedback

In the bottom left-hand corner is an icon to send feedback to the Google Classroom team. They read every piece of feedback and your opinion matters. What do you love about Google Classroom? Please be sure to tell them! Have an idea? Submit one idea at a time. The ideas are tagged and you will receive a notification if your idea is added to Google Classroom.

The Google Classroom team is always listening to teachers and in response to feedback they have added the feature to be able to reuse a post in your stream.

Plus Icon

To add an assignment, announcement, or question to the stream click on the plus icon now located in the bottom right-hand corner.

The top option is to “Reuse post.” This will allow you to choose which class you wish to pull the previously posted assignment or announcement from. You will have the option to reuse posts from classes that have been archived.

You can then choose which assignment out of the stream of that class you wish to post to the current class. Notice the option to “Create new copies of all attachments.” Be aware that this will duplicate your originals in your Google Drive. You can toggle the checkbox to link to the original documents instead. I recommend you UNCHECK the “Create new copies of all attachments” option.

Note: Using Google Docs is a paradigm shift. Unlike using Office you do NOT make copies of your files. You want 100% confidence that you’re using the right version. If you make copies you have version confusion. Do NOT “Create new copies of all attachments.” Instead, when editing the reused assignment, click on the document title in the attachment and EDIT it. Edit instead of copy. Use the revision history if you need to restore the document.

Edit and Assign

After choosing the assignment you wish to reuse, you will be able to edit the assignment, create additional attachments and assign to multiple classes.


Digital Filing Cabinet

Being able to reuse posts is great for many reasons. Sometimes I have to redo an assignment and the ability to re-post to the same class helps when I make an error. I get a little nervous with the ability to reuse content in the sense that there is the danger that it makes it too easy to just reuse materials that may not be appropriate for the current class of students.

I strongly feel that your lesson plans should reflect the interests and needs of the students you currently have. Teaching is not about delivering content, but rather designing an engaging learning environment that meets the needs of the current students enrolled in a class. Almost every class I teach I adjust my lesson plan as student questions or needs come up.

I remember when getting my teaching credential being warned about simply having your curriculum in the filing cabinet and pulling the lesson out of the folder each year. The same is true for digital materials.

What is fantastic about reusing posts in Google Classroom is that you are prompted to edit the post when reusing. This gives you an opportunity to reflect on and adjust the assignment.

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