Post announcements to your students

This page is for teachers. Students go here.

Note: The previous version of Classroom (without the Classwork page) was deprecated and discontinued on September 4, 2019. For more information, see Classroom classes without the Classwork page.

You can post announcements to your class on the Stream page. Announcements are posts with no assignments. Use them to give notices to your students. Announcements appear on the Stream page in chronological order. If you want, you can move an older post to the top. 

Students get an email for each announcement, but they can turn off the email notification feature.

You can draft and schedule announcements, and control who comments or replies to posts. For details on commenting, see Set class permissions.

Create an announcement

You can post announcements to one or more classes, or to select students in a class.. You can also add attachments.

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class.
  3. Tap Share with your class and enter your announcement.
  4. Tap Post Post.

Post to additional classes

Announcements to multiple classes are shared with all students in those classes.

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

Post to individual students

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

  1. Tap All students and then All students again to deselect it.
  2. Tap each student’s name to select them.
  3. Tap Done.

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.

On devices with Android 7.0 Nougat and later, you can drag attachments to Classroom from another app when the 2 apps are open in split-screen mode. For details, see Android 7.0 Nougat.

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 announcement and saves it to the class Drive folder.

Attachment type Directions
Google Drive Drive
  1. Tap Attach Attach.
  2. Tap Drive Google Drive.Don't see the Drive icon?
  3. Select the item and tap Select.
Link Link
  1. Tap Attach Attach.
  2. Tap Link.
  3. Enter the URL and tap Add.
Upload File Tap File, then tap the file.
YouTube YouTube

To search for a video to attach:

  1. Tap Attach Attach and then YouTube.
  2. Tap Search Search.
  3. Enter keywords and tap Search Search.
  4. Tap the video and then Insert.

To attach a video link by URL:

  1. Tap Attach Attach and then YouTube.
  2. Tap Search Search.
  3. Enter the URL and tap Search Search.
  4. Tap the video and then Insert.
Take photo Take photo
  1. Tap Attach Attach.
  2. Tap Take photo.
  3. Take your photo.
  4. Tap OK.
Record video Record video
  1. Tap Attach Attach.
  2. Tap Record video.
  3. Record your video.
  4. Tap OK.
New PDF New PDF
  1. Tap Attach Attach.
  2. Tap New PDF New PDF.
  3. Write notes or draw images on the PDF.
  4. Tap Save Save.

 

To delete an attachment, next to the attachment, tap Remove Remove.

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.
Post, schedule, or save a draft announcement

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 announcement and saves it to the class Drive folder.

To post the announcement immediately, tap Post Post.

To schedule the announcement for later:

  1. Tap More More and then Schedule.
  2. At Schedule for date, tap the date. Select a date and tap OK.
  3. At Schedule for time, tap the time. Select a time and tap OK.
  4. Tap Schedule.
    The announcement will be automatically posted on the scheduled date and time.
  5. (Optional) To schedule the announcement for another class, schedule it first for one class and reuse the announcement in the other class.

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

To see your scheduled and draft posts, at the top of the Stream page, tap Saved announcements.

Add a comment to a posted announcement

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class.
  3. On the Stream page, find the announcement and tap Add class comment.
  4. Enter a comment and tap Post Post.
Edit an announcement

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

  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class.
  3. Choose an option:
    • For a posted announcement:
      1. On the Stream page, next to the announcement, tap More More and then Edit
      2. Enter your changes and tap Save.
    • For a scheduled or draft announcement:
      1. Tap Saved announcements.
      2. Tap the announcement.
      3. Enter your changes.
      4. Choose an option:
        1. For a schedule announcement, tap Schedule.
        2. For a draft announcement, tap More More and then Save draft.
Reuse an announcement

To reuse an announcement, see Reuse a post.

Delete an announcement
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom and then the class.
  2. Choose an option:
    • For a posted announcement:
      1. On the Stream page, next to the announcement, tap More More and then Delete.
      2. Tap Delete again to confirm.
    • For a draft or scheduled announcement:
      1. At the top of the Stream page, tap Saved announcements.
      2. Swipe across the scheduled or draft announcement.

Move an announcement to the top

You can move an announcement or any other post to the top of the stream.
  1. Tap Classroom Classroom.
  2. Tap the class.
  3. On the Stream page, on the announcement, tap More More and then Move to top.
    Click Move to top

 

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