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Kickstart your school year with the NEW Google Classroom!

Classroom Kickstarter

Kickstart your school year with Google Classroom! 

This course is currently closed. Please join the wait list and I will notify you when registration re-opens. 

Wondering how the NEW Google Classroom will impact you? This course WILL cover all of the new features!  

Google Classroom

Explore the features of the NEW Google Classroom with this easy online course!

STOP shuffling papers and START connecting with your students. Google Classroom is THE tool that you need to focus on what matters in your classroom: your students. 

Are you...  

  • Wondering how the NEW Google Classroom will impact you?
  • Manually checking in homework assignments?
  • Struggling to keep student work oganized?
  • Spending time handing out make-up work? 
  • Frustrated when you need to grade student work electronically? 
  • Struggling to keep all of your course resources organized? 
  • constantly copy / pasting information from one place to another? 
  • having a difficult time keeping accurate records on student behavior and IEP implementation? 
  • Sick of arguing with students about late and missing work? 


...Let Google Classroom help you solve these challenges!

Classroom Kickstarter is a 5 week course which will help you launch the 2018-19 school year using Google Classroom. You’ll implement incredibly simple strategies which will improve daily instruction and classroom organization.  

In this course you will learn how to: 

  • Explore all of the NEW features of Google Classroom
  • Cut down on paper, manual grading, and time consuming classroom procedures 
  • Support your students by proving personal, timely feedback. 
  • Optimizing Classroom for elementary students.  
  • Design awesome lessons that are optimized for Classroom
  • Use Google Classroom or individual and small group assignments
  • Teaching math with Google Classroom
  • Establish clear routines and expectations for using Classroom.  


This course is for everyone: beginners AND long time classroom users; all grade levels and subject areas. 

I will personally work with you throughout the course and will answer questions and provide personal feedback on a weekly basis. My goal for this course is to help you SAVE TIME so that you can connect with your students. 

Note: this course is open to everyone, regardeless of prior experience wih Google Classroom. The course wll cover the basics AND advanced tips to help you get MORE out of Google Classroom. Elementary, middle school, an high school teachers will find this course helpful. Not sure? Send me an email and I will help you decide if this course is a good fit for you!

Course Details

  •  Start Date: NOW! (register and get immediate access)
  •  End Date: September 22, 2018
  • Platform: Google Classroom
  • Skill: Any
  •  Cost: $99
  •  Register by CC or PO

This is a fully online course! Login and complete assignments whenever you wish! No mandatory live sessions to attend!

Heard about the NEW Google Classroom updates? Don't worry, I have early access! This course WILL cover all of the new features!  

Google Classroom

Course Outline

Set it and forget it! How to set up your course the RIGHT way

It’s easy to get started with Google Classroom. During week 1 you will learn incredibly simple strategies to make your courses student AND teacher friendly. Even if you have used Classroom for years, you will be blow away by these tips which will make Classroom even better!  

Week 1 Topics:

  • Course Strategy: how many courses should you create (with special recommendations for elementary teachers)
  • Essential classroom settings
  • How to take advantage of the NEW "classwork page."
  • What to do about the "missing" about page.
  • Three resources that should be in every classroom
  • Special topics: co-teachers, substitutes, classroom for coaches, classroom for PD, and more! 

Assign, Submit, Return, Repeat (you MUST master this process!)

In week 2 we will explore the most effective ways to use the announcement, assignment, and question posts. This might be the most important week of the course. Master these strategies and you will have your best year yet! These tips will save you a TON of time. 

Week 2 Topics:  

  • Posting to classroom: announcements, questions, assignments
  • Advanced assignment tools: Draft, schedule, reuse, and repost 
  • Assign, submit, return (Managing student work)
  • A deep dive into grading student work with the NEW grading workflow!
  • Structuring Individual and group assignments (essential for special education!)
  • Special situations: weekly assignments, “blank” assignments, make-up work.  

Essential Skills: preparing your students for success

To be successful, your students need to understand Google Classroom. During week 3 you will learn the keys to student success and explore common points of confusion that you can clear up early in the school year.  

Week 3 Topics:

  • The first day - how to start with success (Awesome first-day activities)
  • Accessing Classroom: tips to make it easy
  • Comments: establishing classroom policies
  • Student guide to Google Classroom
  • Students and phones - how to stay connected
  • Additional tech skills to teach (essential for elementary students!) 

But wait, there's more! Classroom tips and tricks for POWER users

Think you know everything that Classroom has to offer? Wait until week 4! We will venture outside of classroom and look at tools and resources that can make it even better. You’ll get a list of apps, extensions, and web-tools that work alongside of classroom. This should be fun!

Week 4 Topics:

  • Five tools to make classroom even better
  • Classroom + Drive (how it works)
  • Classroom + Calendar (is it helpful?)
  • Enabling guardian summaries
  • Hacking assignments
  • Classroom compatible tools you don't want to miss  

Design awesome classroom assignments

Classroom is only as good as the lessons that you put inside of it. To wrap up the course you’ll explore seven different lessons ideas that work brilliantly with Google Classroom. For each one you will get templates that you can use immediately.  

Week 5 Topics: 

  • Visual thinking with Google Drawing
  • Mini research assignments with presentation
  • Essays the easy way
  • Video story problems
  • Avoid the iceberg with Hyperdocs 

Hey! I'm John!

John R. Sowash

I taught middle school and high school science for 6 years and was a high school principal for 2 years outside of Detroit, Michigan. During my time as a teacher I integrated technology into my classroom whenever possible. Sometimes it was great, some times it was a total flop! I now support teachers who are working to use tech in their classrooms. I write books, produce a podcast, and share free resources on my blog and website.  

I hope you will join me for this online course. I look forward to working with you! 

Kind Words

“You are such an awesome teacher. Your clarity, brevity and comprehensiveness in your instruction is deeply appreciated.” Theresa Deriso, Technology Integration Specialist, Bristol, Rhode Island 

"The whole course has been amazing. So eye-opening! I am amazed at the levels of complexity that John skillfully revealed. Fabulous! " - Michael Drucker, London England 

"This class was definitely helpful. One of the benefits was taking this course with other educators. I learned a lot from reading their thoughts and comments, too." Ashley Hufnagel 

"This entire course was very informative for me...I have left this course with a host of new knowledge, and a ton of ideas and things to think about." - Annika Otto 

“One of the best courses I've taken due to its clear purpose and thoroughness and practicality of content. It was also conducted in a low-key manner without too much stress.” Theresa M Deriso, Technology Integration Specialist, Bristol, Rhode Island 

“In the short amount of time we had with this course, it was one of the most efficient, well-organized courses I have ever taken online. John is a great communicator!” Mike Dallavalle, Teacher 

You Might Be Wondering...

Can I earn continuing education credits?

Probably! This course qualifies for continuing education credits in many states. Check with your adminstration to verify specific requirements. 

Michigan teachers are able to earn up to 5 state SCECH credits for completing this course. Additional registration and work may be required.

Is this just another lousy online course?

I certainly hope not! I have worked hard to make this course practical and actionable. This is NOT an automated course. I will be participating in the course throughout the week; answering questons and personally working with the entire group. You can look at the tesimonial section (above) to hear what others are saying.

Can I pay by purchase order?

Sure! Visit the course registration page and look for the PO option. Your school will receive an invoice for your course registration. A PO number is required before you can join the course. 

Why are you charging $99? 

Creating an quality online course requires a tremendous amount of time and preparation. I feel the price is reflective of the value that I am able to provide. 

This sounds like a lot of work!  

You can expect 30-60 minutes of reading and practice each week. All assignments are optional; if it doesn’t fit your teaching style or classroom set up, skip it!  

What equipment / tools will I need?

As long as you have a computer running the current version of the Chrome web browser you will be able to fully participate in the course.

How long will I have access to the course? 

Forever! The course will remain accessible indefinitely, although after the end-date I will no longer be active in the course.

I can't take the course right now. Will it be offered again? 

Probably. If you would like to be notified about future courses, click here.  

What if I have questions or get stuck? 

If you have any issues or concerns, you can connect directly with me via email. My contact information is available in the “about” section of Google Classroom.

I'm not a "techie" person. Is this course for me?

Sure! If you are eager to learn, I am excited to work with you! Google Clasroom is easy to use and I will be with you the entire time! 

Do I have to design a class project?

Only if you want to! I hope that you will implement the ideas from the course into your classroom, but how and when you do so is up to you.  

Are the tools mentioned in the course all free? 

Everything I recommend in the course is either free or “freemium.” I never recommend a tool that requires payment in order for it to be used. The freemium products I recommend can be used successfully without a paid subscription.  

Click the "register" button at the top of the page to join the course!

Interested, but don't have time to take the course right now? Join my email list and I will let you know when I offer this course again!