Share & preview classwork & class templates

This article is for teachers.

Supported edition: Education Plus

You can share classwork from classes in Google Classroom with other teachers in your organization, without the need to add them as a co-teacher. When teachers preview your shared class, they can:

  • Select which materials they want to use
  • Import materials to an existing class

If you’re a:

  • Local curriculum lead: You can create class templates with standardized or high-quality curricula. Then, you can share and distribute the class with teachers in your department so they can import classwork to their own class.
  • Teacher: You can share your classes with other teachers you collaborate with. When they preview your class, student information, like assignment submissions, comments, and grades are hidden.

Shareable class templates and classwork

To share classwork, you must have a Google Workspace for Education Plus license assigned to you. Learn more about Google Workspace for Education editions.

To preview shared classes and import classwork, you must be a verified teacher. Learn how to be a verified teacher.

Share your classwork through a link

You can find the “Share classwork” button in your class on the Classwork page. You can only share classwork if you:

  • Have a Google Workspace for Education Plus license assigned to you
  • Are a teacher or co-teacher in the class
  1. Go to Google Classroom.
  2. Click the class you want to share.
  3. Click Classwork.
  4. At the top right, click Share classwork.
    • You’ll find a prompt to share your Classwork page.
    • By default, this feature is off. To use this feature, turn on Allow teachers to access via link.
  5. Click Copy.
    • The link to your class is copied to your clipboard.
  6. Optional: If you want to preview the shared Classwork page, click Preview link. This opens a new tab where you can find a preview of the shared class.

What’s visible in your shared class?

What’s visible to teachers you’ve shared with

What’s not visible to teachers you’ve shared with

Classwork tab

Stream, People, and Grades tabs

Classwork items that are assigned, whether to the entire class or individual students

Classwork items that are in “draft” or “scheduled”

The primary teacher and section

The class Calendar, Drive folder, and Meet links

General info about a Classwork item like its description, rubric, and posted and due dates

Student submissions comments

Most Classwork item attachments and add-ons

Drive item attachments that were assigned with the “students can edit” setting

Tips:

  • When this feature is on, only verified teachers with the link can access it.
  • With class sharing, teachers get their own copies of your classwork and attachments and cannot make modifications to yours.
  • If you update your class when this feature is turned on, teachers with the link can find the live up-to-date classwork in your class.
  • You can only share your class with the generated link. The web address to your class won’t work.
  • You can share the link to your class in multiple ways, such as:
    • In an email or chat message to a teacher or to a group of teachers in your organization, like the 7th grade math department.
    • A department website or spreadsheet that hosts links to class templates or class materials
    • A curriculum map
    • A master class in Classroom that hosts links to class templates

You can only open a link to a shared class if you’re:

Preview your own class

You can preview your own class to find what other teachers can preview.

  1. Go to Google Classroom.
  2. Click the class you want to preview.
  3. Click Classwork.
  4. At the top right, click Share classwork. You’ll find a prompt to share your Classwork page.
    • By default, this feature is off. To use this feature, turn on Allow teachers to access via link.
  5. Click Preview link. The preview opens in a new tab.
  6. To return to your class, close the tab.

Tips:

  • You can’t export items from your own class in the preview.
  • You can view the class as previewers do. Certain things, like draft classwork and comments, are hidden in this view.

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