Create an assignment

This article is for teachers

When you create an assignment, you can post it immediately, save a draft, or schedule it to post at a later date. After students complete and turn in their work, you can grade and return it to the students.

Create an assignment
In classes created after April 17, 2019, posts to the Classwork page appear at the top.

When you create an assignment, you can:

Create an assignment

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. Tap Classwork Classwork

  3. Tap Add Add and then Assignment.
  4. Enter the title and any instructions.

Post to one or more classes

  1. Next to the class name, tap Next Next.
  2. Tap any additional classes and then Done.

    Note: You can’t post to individual students across multiple classes. Posts to multiple classes are shared with all students in the classes.

Post to individual students

By default, an assignment is posted to all students in the class. You can post an assignment to individual students. However, you can’t post to individual students if more than one class is included. And, you can’t post to more than 100 individual students at a time.

  1. Tap All students and then tap All students again to deselect it.
  2. Tap the students who you want to post the assignment to.
  3. Tap Done.

​Add a grade category

For organization, you can add grade categories to assignments. With grade categories, you and your students can see the category an assignment belongs to, such as Homework or Essays. Teachers also see the categories on the Grades page. 

You can add a category to an assignment on a mobile device, but you can only create categories on a computer.

  1. Next to Grade category, tap No category.
  2. Select a category.
  3. Continue creating the assignment, or tap More More and then Save draft.

For more information, go to Add a grade category to a post

Change the point value

You can change the point value of an assignment or make the assignment ungraded. By default, assignments are set at 100 points. 

  1. Next to Points, tap the value.
  2. Enter a new point value or tap Ungraded.
  3. Tap Save.

    Note: When students complete an ungraded assignment, they tap Turn in or Mark as done. If a student doesn't tap Turn in or Mark as done before the due date, the assignment is marked "Missing." If there's no due date, it's marked "Assigned."

Add a due date or time

By default, the assignment has no due date. To change this:

  1. Tap No due date, select a date, and tap OK.
  2. (Optional) To add a time, tap Time, select a time, and tap OK.

Add a topic

  1. Tap No topic.
  2. Choose an option:
    • To create a new topic, tap Add topic and enter a topic name.
    • Tap a topic in the list.
  3. Tap Save.

Note: You can only add 1 topic to an assignment.

Learn more about how to add topics to the Classwork page.

Add attachments

You can add Google Drive files, links, images, or YouTube videos to your assignment. On devices with Android 7.0 Nougat or later, you can drag materials to Classroom from another app when the 2 apps are open in split-screen mode. Learn more about Android 7.0 Nougat.

Tap Attach Attach and choose an option:

Note: If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, tap Copy. Classroom makes a copy to attach to the assignment and saves it to the class Drive folder.

Attachment type Directions
Upload File
  1. Tap File Upload.
  2. Select the file.
  3. Tap Open.
Google Drive Drive
  1. Tap Drive Google Drive.Don't see the Drive icon?
  2. Tap the item.
  3.  Tap Select.
Link Link
  1. Tap Link Link.
  2. Enter the URL.
  3. Tap Add.

(Use this option for YouTube videos.)

Camera Take photo

  1. Tap Take photo Camera.
  2.  Take the photo.
  3.  Tap Done .
Record video Record video
  1. Tap Record video Record video.
  2. Record the video.
  3. Tap Done .
  1. Tap New PDF New PDF.
  2. (Optional) You can write notes or draw images on the PDF. 
  3. When you're done, tap More More and then  Save.

To decide how students interact with an attachment, next to the attachment, tap Preview Preview and choose an option:

  • Students can view—All students can read the file, but not edit it.
  • Students can edit—All students share the same file and can make changes to it.
  • Make a copy for each student—Students get their own copy of the file with their name added to the document title. For Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files, both you and the student can edit the document. When students turn in the assignment, they can’t edit the document until you return it to them.

To delete an attachment, next to it, tap Preview Preview and then Delete.

About Drive files with earlier versions of Android

Attaching files from Drive on your Android device depends on which version you’re running. To check which version of Android your device uses, go to Check your Android version.

If you use Android 4.4 (Kit Kat), you won't see the Drive icon Drive, but you can still attach Drive files:

  • Tap File Upload and then select a file to attach. 

If you use Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), when you click the Drive icon Drive, you’ll be asked to update your device. For instructions, go to Update your Android version. The update might not work on some older devices, but you can choose another option:

  • Copy the file link from your mobile browser and then tap Add link Link to attach it.
  • Use a computer rather than a mobile device.

Add a rubric

For instructions, go to Create or reuse a rubric in an assignment.

Turn on originality reports

For instructions, go to Turn on originality reports.

Post, schedule, or save a draft assignment

When you create an assignment, you can post it immediately, schedule it to post later, or save it as a draft.

To see scheduled and drafted assignments, tap Classwork Classwork

Post an assignment

To post the assignment immediately, tap Post Post.

Schedule an assignment to post later

  1. Tap More More and then Schedule.
  2. Next to Schedule for:
    1. Tap the date and select a new date.
    2. Tap the time and select a new time.
  3. Tap Schedule.

The assignment will automatically post at the scheduled date and time.

Note: To schedule the assignment in another class, schedule it first for one class and then reuse the post for the other class.

Save an assignment as a draft

To save the assignment as a draft, tap More More and then Save draft.

Edit an assignment

If you post an assignment to multiple classes, edits made in one class won’t transfer to the other classes.

Note: If you change an assignment's name, the assignment's Drive folder name isn't updated. Go to Drive and rename the folder.

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. Tap Classwork Classwork
  3. Choose an option:
    • To edit a posted or scheduled assignment: Make changes and tap Save.
    • To edit a draft assignment: Make changes. Then, tap More More and then Save draft.
Add a class comment to the assignment
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. At the bottom, tap Classwork Classwork and then the assignment. 
  3. To add a comment to the class, at the top, tap Instructions.
  4. At the bottom, tap Add class comment, enter your comment, and tap Post Post.
Reuse an assignment

To reuse an assignment, see Reuse a post.

Delete an assignment

If you delete an assignment, all grades and comments related to the assignment are deleted. However, any attachments or files created by you or the students are still available in Drive.

Warning! There's no way to undo deleting an assignment.
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. Tap Classwork Classwork
  3. Next to the assignment, tap More More and then Delete. Tap Delete again to confirm.

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