Import classes from Google Classroom
You can easily integrate your Google Classroom classes with Formative!
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Written by Neta Raz Studnitski
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If you use Google Classroom, sync your classes and students so you don't need to manually create classes or student accounts on Formative!

After you do so, your imported students will be able to use their Google Classroom login info to log in to Formative as well, and you will also be able to assign and post your formatives directly into Google Classroom!

Import a Google Classroom as a new Formative class

  1. From the "Classes" tab or from your "Formatives" tab, click on the "Add +" button

  2. Choose "Roster Sync"

  3. Proceed to click "Sync Rosters with Google Classroom"

  4. Select your Google Classroom account on the window that appears, and login to it if prompted

  5. Select which classes and students to import by check marking the boxes next to them

  6. Select the org you want to associate the class with (you will be able to edit this later)

Your class(es) will appear including all the students currently enrolled in them. You can deselect any classes you don't want to import, as well as deselect any individual students. 

The students you import with this sync will have Formative accounts created automatically. To log in to Formative, all they need to do is choose "Sign in with Google" on the Login page.

*If you have a team/school/district Gold account, then any co-teachers in Google Classroom will appear on the import window as co-teachers of your Formative classes. You can deselect any co-teachers you don't want to import. Read more about co-teaching here. The lead/primary teacher must be the one who syncs the Google Classroom with Formative. If the co-teacher syncs, it will create a duplicate classroom with them as the primary teacher in GC.

If there are any changes to your class roster in Google Classroom (ex: a student joins the class) please continue reading this article to learn how to update the roster by re-syncing.

Link a Google Classroom to an existing Formative class

If you have already created classes within Formative and want to sync them with Google Classroom, you can do that by following these steps:

  1. Click the "Add +" button and then choose "Roster Sync"

  2. Proceed to "Sync Rosters with Google Classroom"

  3. Sign into your Google Classroom account

  4. Choose the class you want to sync and click the dropdown next to "import a new class"

  5. Select the corresponding class in Formative from the list of classes that appears, and click "Import"
    You can un-check any students or co-teachers if you do not want to include them in the sync

    You should now see the Google "G" attached to the class bubble

Updating a class that has been previously synced with Google Classroom

If new students join your class after you have already synced it with Google Classroom, you can update the roster within Formative be re-syncing the class with Google Classroom again. As long as the new students are already added to Google Classroom, re-syncing will pull them over to your Formative class as well!

You can re-sync a class from your Home page, your main Classes page, or your Student Management page.

To re-sync a class from the Home page:

  1. Click the 3 dot menu to the right of the Formative class

  2. Choose "Google Classroom Re-sync" from the dropdown menu

  3. Proceed to login to Google Classroom if prompted and choose the correct Google Classroom from the list

  4. Un-check any students or co-teachers you do not want to pull over from Google Classroom

  5. Click "Import" to complete the re-sync action

To re-sync a class from the main Classes page:

  1. Click the 3 dot menu to the right of the Formative class

  2. Choose "Google Classroom Re-sync" from the dropdown menu

  3. Proceed to login to Google Classroom if prompted and choose the correct Google Classroom from the list

  4. Un-check any students or co-teachers you do not want to pull over from Google Classroom

  5. Click "Import" to complete the re-sync action

To re-sync a class from the Student Management page:

  1. Click on "More Options"

  2. Choose "Google Classroom Re-sync" from the dropdown menu

  3. Proceed to login to Google Classroom if prompted and choose the correct Google Classroom from the list

  4. Un-check any students or co-teachers you do not want to pull over from Google Classroom

  5. Click "Import" to complete the re-sync action

FAQ and troubleshooting tips

Students are not importing

If some students are not importing syncing with Google Classroom sync check for the following commoon reasons:

  1. Has the student accepted your invitation to join your Google Classroom class and logged in to Google Classroom at least once? If they haven't, Formative won't recognize them as a member of your class yet.

  2. Another reason your student might not appear is if they have a Teacher account in Formative (in which case, they will need to delete their account), or if they have a setting in Google Classroom which allows them to create classes - students with this setting are recognized as teachers by Formative, and teachers cannot join classes. You can check a student's Google Classroom settings by contacting your school's Workspace administrator.

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