Google Classroom Header

The header on my Google Classroom has always been super blah.  I usually have a generic "school" picture that Google assigns, or even a plain color, on mine.  Occasionally, I will add a picture of my classroom to really spice things up.  But during Distance Learning, I wanted to use that real estate for something a bit more meaningful.  

I was watching Molly of Lessons with Laughter do an Instagram story about customizing the header to be more personalized than the ones that are available on Google Classroom itself.    I loved the idea, and ran with it!  I thought I could use the space to be my #bookaday record for our distance learning venture. 

Using the dimensions that Molly mentioned (1600 pixels by 400 pixels), I changed the page size of a Google slide.  Then, I imported a picture of some polaroids hanging on a clothesline and added a whole bunch of them on the google slide.   It ended up looking like this.

Google Classroom header with a book-a-day template

If you would like this header for yourself, you can get it here.

Then, just as I would do at school, I took screenshots of all of the books we have read so far during our time online.  I inserted those books in one by one into the little black squares, resizing them to fit the space.  

Third grade class records Book-a-Day on the Google Classroom header.

The header on Google Classroom being used for a Book-a-DayAfter all of the books we have read so far were input, I saved the google slide as a png.  Using the "file" tab, I hovered until I got to "download".  A secondary menu came up and I clicked "png".  This saved the file as a picture.  

Using the Google Classroom header is a great way to log books being read.Now that it was a picture, I could insert it into my header.  Once it is inserted, Google Classroom makes it tinted and darker.  I don't know why, but it does.  So it doesn't look as clear and crisp, but it still looks awesome!  Every few days, I will go back in and add the new books as I am reading them.  I LOVE how this all came out.

What are you doing with your Google Classroom header?  Anything special you can share?



13 comments

  1. Love this idea! I teach math and can put pictures of shapes or whatever we are currently working on!

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  2. This is such a fantastic idea! I just added pictures and posted it! Woohoo! Thank you!

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  3. Love it! I used pictures of what my kinder students have drawn about community helpers and friends. I'm hoping that will entice them to check out the Google Classroom more often!

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  4. That is Awesome! I really love it. I was thinking of putting my students photos...but need to rethink due to privacy issues, but I love what you did. I just started using Google Classroom and that was on my To Do list. Thanks for Sharing!! I have a question, is there a way to change or add font to Classroom Stream, such as larger size, Bold, or Underline?

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  5. Hi, the link isn't working? I'd love this but can't access it

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    1. Make sure you are signed on to your Google account. Then it will ask you to make a copy.

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  6. This is the coolest, cutest, most AWESOME idea ever!! I love it! Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I hope it finds a happy home on your Google Classroom :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing this! I'm going to put my students' first day photos in this. I hope they love it.

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  8. I adore this idea!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

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  9. Thank you so much! I personalized ours with scaled down photos from throughout the year prior to our closure. It really helped warm up our distance learning space. Thank you!

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  10. Hello, I love your idea, Thank you
    It is not allowing me to download it though - is there another way?

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