Google Classroom clean up!

In our last post, we talked about how we could make Google Classroom a bit more inviting to young students. In just three easy steps we went from the stock Google Classroom to a Google Site that you can customize with ease. Sure, Google Sites has its own limitations but it's free and simple to use!

Another question popped up recently about Google Classroom. This time about the Stream module. It seems people find this section a bit unmanageable so today we're looking at ways to simplify this section, or perhaps even bypass it completely!

Let's get started!

Part I: Cleaning up the Stream!

First, jump into a Class in your Google Classroom.

Hit that cogwheel in the top-right corner.

Find the title "Classwork on the stream" in the General tab.

If you can't see a gif here, you need better internet.

The three options are:

Show attachment and details, Show condensed notifications, and Hide notifications. Here's what each one looks like:

Thankfully, Google made these options changeable even after you've posted a bunch of stuff so if you didn't like the way it looked before you can change it! Experiment until you see what you like!

Part II: Bypassing the Stream

Now that we're done with that, let's see how we can bypass the Stream completely and go straight to the Classwork page! This is the one most people have been waiting for.

Unfortunately, Google doesn't have an option to set Classwork as the default page, but who needs Google to do this stuff for us when we can do it ourselves?

(Of course, if you really want Google implement this feature, make sure you use the 【?】in the bottom-left of your Classroom and make a request! They do listen, but only if they have lots of requests for the same thing!)

Here's a quick gif. If it's going too fast or your prefer written instructions, just scroll down a bit!

Step 1: Open up that Google Site you made from our last post. If you can't find it, go to It'll be in there.

Step 2: Scroll down to your Google Classroom buttons that you made. Click them. If you've already set up the Google Classroom link, just edit it by clicking the pencil button. Alternatively, press Ctrl+K (or Cmd+K) to edit the hyperlink.

Step 3: Change the hyperlink.

Your hyperlink to the Stream of your Google Classroom looks something like this:

or like this:

Sidenote: Those will link to the same place. The only difference is the /u/0. That just says that you linked from your version (the teacher version) of Google Classroom. If you did, that's fine. The students won't be able to access your editable version.

The random bunch of letters on the end is the randomized code for the Google Classroom. Yours will be different to mine.

To get a link that goes straight to the Classwork page, just change the /c/ to /w/ and you're good to go - Google will update the rest for you!

Here's what your students will see:

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