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Create a Google Classroom assignment with Flat

Flat gives you a really similar experience than creating an assignment on Google Classroom using a regular Google Docs/Slides. From music composition to music theory and live collaborations, Flat allows you to easily create any assignments that include music notation.

When creating an assignment on Flat, this one will be automatically posted to your Google Classroom stream. We also handle a two-way synchronization of the modifications and your students’ submissions.

This assignment feature is also a great way to onboard your students on Flat: from their Google Classroom stream, they will have access to their activity on Flat in 1-click.

Music composition assignment on Google Classroom

Creating an assignment

There are two ways to create a Google Classroom assignment on Flat:

  • From your class on Flat by clicking on “Create an assignment”:

Create an assignment from the Class on Flat

  • From any music score on Flat by clicking on “Create an assignment” next to the title. This will let you choose the sharing mode of the score of the score.

Create an assignment from a score on Flat

Assignment mode

Just like a regular Google Docs, Flat gives you multiple different options when creating an assignment:

  • No attachment or Read-only shared score: Your students will have a direct link to create a new document on Flat. The newly created scores will automatically be added to their submissions.
  • Shared writing (= “Students can write”): Your students will all have a write access to your score. This is a great way to create a live collaboration with your whole class. If you want to organize smaller collaborations (e.g. 2 or 3 students), we advise you to ask one student from each group to create a new document/copy the original score, then add their peers by clicking on “Collaborate”.
  • Template (= “Make a copy for each student”): When your students will open the assignment from their Google Classroom stream, Flat will automatically copy the score and attach it to their submission.

Create an assignment Flat

Assignment content and description

When you create or update an assignment, you will have the opportunity to complete the content of the assignment:

  • At the first step, add the name of the description of the assignment. That’s the main information that will be displayed in Google Classroom and Flat. You also have the possibility to link attachments or embed content: simply paste links into the description, we will automatically resolve them and attach them to your Google Classroom assignment.
  • At the second step, adjust the sharing settings of the attached score(s). Check out the previous point to learn more about the different modes available.
  • At the last step, you can optionally add a due date and a post date. When specifying a post date, your assignment will be marked as “draft” in your Google Classroom course. This is also a great way to test the creation of an assignment without making it available to your students.

Posting the assignment

Once you click on “Post”, your assignment will be available in your Google Classroom stream. You will also have a direct link on Flat to open and preview the assignment on Classroom:

Flat assignment example

⚠️ Due to a limitation of Google Classroom, Flat cannot modify the attachments of the assignments once they are posted. Please carefully check that you selected the correct score(s) and the correct assignment mode. If you made a mistake with the attachments, delete and re-create your assignment on Flat.

You can now discover how your students will experience Flat with Google Classroom.

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