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Create a Google Classroom assignment with Flat

Flat gives you a 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 fantastic 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

To create a Google Classroom using Flat, open your class, then go to the “Assignments tab:

Class tab: Assignments

Click on the “New Assignment” button to get started and create your first assignment.

New assignment

Assignment mode

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

  • New 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.
  • 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.
  • Shared writing (= “Students can write”): Your students will all have a write access to your score. This is a wonderful way to create a live collaboration with your whole class. If you want to organize smaller collaborations (e.g. 2 or 3 students), we recommend 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”.

Create an assignment Flat

Assignment instructions

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

First, the name and the instructions 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.

Finally, you can optionally enabling grading, and add a due date and a publication 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.

Post your assignment

Now that your assignment is ready you can post it. If you want to see how your students will experience Flat for Education, check out our dedicated article.

⚠️ Due to a limitation of Google Classroom, Flat for Education cannot change 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, remove and re-create your assignment using our interface.

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

Copy an assignment to other classes (Re-use assignment)

To re-use an assignment made with Flat for Education in another classes, always click on “Re-use” from the Flat for Education website.

⚠️ Due to a limitation of Google Classroom, Flat for Education doesn’t have the rights to access the assignments you copy from the Google Classroom interface. That’s why we recommend to always make the copy using our interface.

Reviews and follow up

Now that your assignment is available to your students you can follow their progress. Check out our dedicated article to learn more about how to review and give feedback to your students.

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