Google Classroom Guardian Summary Information

Google LogoGoogle Classroom Guardian Summaries are a new feature of G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) designed to efficiently keep parents up to date with the classroom activity and progress of their child. Introduced over the Summer in 2016, the Guardian Summary is an automatically-generated digest of “Stream” items from a given Google Classroom.

When a parent accepts an invitation (sent by a teacher through the system) to be a “Guardian” of a student, they will receive a Summary for each of that student’s Classrooms at the frequency they specify on the invite-acceptance webpage; daily, weekly, or not at all. Invitations are accepted by clicking a link in the invite email.

Click here to see Google’s information page on Guardian Summaries

Click here to see Google’s FAQ for Guardians on Summaries

Classroom Summaries at CMA

Faculty at Coast Mountain Academy use Classrooms with your child everyday for everything from setting and receiving assignments to conducting collaborative activities. They are an integral part of each student’s daily experience. Being connected to this tool through a daily or weekly digest is an ideal conversation starter at home and a way of knowing when your student might need support.

Things to Note:

  1. links, documents, and media attached to Stream Items are not visible in the Guardian Summary. If you are curious about something listed (because it makes no sense without the attachments), ask your student to show you on the Classroom website!
  2. Due to security limitations imposed by Google, you must have Google Account to receive Guardian Summaries. If you do not use Gmail, your invite will prompt you to create a Google Account; you may choose not to have a new Gmail email address with it. If you do use Gmail, you’re already logged into your Google Account.
  3. The ‘overdue work’ listing of Guardian Summaries is not a foolproof way to know that your student is up to date in their coursework. Students have the ability to mark assignments as ‘done’ without submitting an attachment to their teacher.