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.

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Create and post assignments 

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 ""and thenthe class.
  2. Tap Classwork Classwork

  3. Tap Add and thenAssignment.
  4. Enter the title and any instructions.

You can continue to edit and customize your assignment. Otherwise, if you’re ready, see below to post, schedule, or save your announcement.

Post to additional classes

Assignments posted to multiple classes are shared with all students in those classes.

  1. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. Next to the class name, tap Next Next.
  3. Tap any additional classesand thenDone.

Post to individual students

Unless you’re posting to multiple classes, you can post an assignment to individual students. You can’t post to more than 100 students at a time.

  1. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. Tap All studentsand thenAll students again to deselect it.
  3. Tap each student's name to select them.
  4. Tap Done.

​Add a grade category

Use grade categories to organize 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.

  1. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. Next to Grade category, tap No category.
  3. Select a category.
  4. Continue creating the assignment, or tap More ""and thenSave 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. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. Next to Points, tap the value.
  3. Enter a new point value or tap Ungraded.
  4. Tap Save.

Add a due date or time

By default, the assignment has no due date. To set a due date:

  1. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. Tap No due dateand thenselect a dateand thentap OK.
  3. (Optional) To add a time, tap Timeand thenselect a timeand thentap OK.
    Note: Work is marked Missing or Turned in late as soon as the due date and time arrive.

Add a topic

  1. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. Tap No topic and 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 attachments, such as Google Drive files, YouTube videos, or links, to your announcement. Google Drive items are view-only to students and editable by co-teachers. To change these sharing options, see Stop, limit, or change sharing.

  1. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. Tap Attach Attachand thenchoose an option:
    Attachment type Directions
    "" Drive
    1. Tap Drive "".
    2. Tap the itemand thenSelect.
    "" Link
    1. Tap Link "".
    2. Enter the URL and tap Add.
    Upload File
    1. Tap Upload Upload.
    2. Tap the file.
    "" Take photo
    1. Tap Take photo "".
    2. Take your photo and tap Done "".
    "" Record video
    1. Tap Video ""and thenRecord video "".
    2. Record your video and tap Done "".
    New PDF New PDF
    1. Tap New PDF New PDF.
    2. (Optional) To write notes or draw images on the PDF, go to Write notes on your work.
    3. Tap Save .
  3. If you see a message that you don’t have permission to attach a file, tap Copy. Classroom makes a copy of the file to attach to the announcement and saves the copy to the class Drive folder.
  4. Next to the attachment, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow and choose an option for how students interact with the attachment:
    • Students can view file—All students can read the file, but not edit it.
    • Students can edit file—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 Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides file with their name added to the document title. 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.

      Note: This option is only available before you post an assignment.

  5. (Optional) To delete an attachment, next to the attachment, tap Remove "".

Attach Drive files with earlier versions of Android

To check which version of Android your device uses, go to Check your Android version.

Android version Instructions
Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Tap File Upload and then select a file to attach. 

Note: You won't see the Drive icon "".

Android 4.1–4.3 Jelly Bean

When you tap the Drive icon "", 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 browserand thentap Add link "" to attach it.
  • Use a computer rather than a mobile device.

Add a rubric

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

Turn on originality reports

For instructions, go to Turn on originality reports.

Post, schedule, or save a draft assignment

You can post an assignment immediately, or you can schedule it to post later. If you don’t know when you want to post it, you can save it as a draft.

To see scheduled and drafted assignments, tap Classwork Classwork

Post an assignment

  1. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. To post the assignment immediately, tap Post Post.

Schedule an assignment to post later

  1. Create an assignment (details above).

    Note: If you're posting the assignment to multiple classes, you can't schedule it to post at a later date.

  2. Tap More ""and thenSchedule.
  3. At Schedule for date, tap the date, select a date, and tap OK.
  4. At Schedule for time, tap the time, select a time, and tap OK.
  5. Tap Schedule.

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

  6. 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

  1. Create an assignment (details above).
  2. Tap More ""and thenSave draft.

You can open and edit draft assignments on the Classwork page.

Edit an assignment

Edits affect individual classes. For multi-class assignments, make edits in each class.

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

Edit a posted assignment

  1. On the Classwork page, next to the assignment, tap More ""and thenEdit.
  2. Enter your changes and tap Save.

Edit a scheduled assignment

  1. On the Classwork page, next to the assignment,  tap More ""and thenEdit.
  2. Enter your changes and tap Schedule.

Edit a draft assignment

  1. On the Classwork page, next to the assignment, tap More ""and thenEdit.
  2. Tap the assignment and enter your changes.

    Changes are automatically saved.

  3. Choose an option:
    • Assign it immediately (details above).
    • Schedule it to post at a specific date and time (details above).
    • To keep it a draft and return to the Classwork page, at the top, tap Close ""and thenSave.
Add a class comment to the assignment
  1. Tap Classroom ""and thenthe class.
  2. At the bottom, tap Classwork Classworkand thenthe assignment. 
  3. At the top, tap Instructions.
  4. Tap Add class commentand thenenter your commentand thentap Post Post.
Reuse an assignment

To reuse an assignment, see Reuse a post.

Delete an assignment

You can only delete an assignment on the Classwork page.

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 ""and thenthe class.
  2. Tap Classwork Classwork
  3. Next to the assignment, tap More ""and thenDeleteand thenDelete again to confirm.

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