Fluid Teaching Tools
Recent events have made it increasingly necessary for teachers of all types to shift towards virtual classrooms. This shift is challenging everyone to rapidly develop new skills and workflows for successfully teaching others. Fluid Numerics actively engages in teaching and tutoring and is ready to offer some of our tools, at no charge, to other teachers and educators.
Virtual Teaching/Tutoring Toolkit
Many of our tools are built around GSuite. GSuite is a suite of professional cloud-native tools such as Gmail, Google Meet, Calendar, Sheets, and more.
Google Meet is a secure video meeting service that is included with GSuite and GSuite for Education accounts. For teaching and tutoring, Meet gives you the ability to virtually connect with your students and other teachers.
Google Calendar is a calendar service from Google that you can use to schedule events for your classes and tutoring sessions. When you create calendar events and invite other people to join you, Google Calendar will automatically associate that event with a Google Meet session.
Google Sheets provides you with durable spreadsheets that are stored in your Google Drive. Fluid Numerics has developed a solution that allow you to manage your classes, create Calendar events with Meet sessions, and automatically log attendance records.
Data Studio is a service that allows you to connect a variety of data sources and enables you to rapidly create reports and visualize data with a variety of charts, graphs, and tables.
Fluid Class Manager
The Fluid Class Manager is based in a Google Sheet template that you can use to control your teaching schedule. In the main
Setup worksheet, you provide a calendar name, class name, teacher e-mail address, description, student e-mail addresses, and scheduling details. By changing the class status to
Create, the Calendar events and Google Meet sessions are created for you and the class status is automatically updated to
Active once this is done.
Fluid Numerics has also created a Data Studio Template that enables you to visualize attendance records to help you quickly gain an understanding of your students' attendance behaviors. This template includes a bulk summary of the number of hours each student has participated in your classes along with a time series chart that shows historical participation behavior. The quick filters embedded in this report allow you to quickly narrow in on date ranges, subsets of students, and classes.
Start using the the Fluid Class Manager
To get started with the Fluid Class Manager, you can follow these steps
- If you don't have a domain or GSuite, start by obtaining a domain and signing up for GSuite with Fluid Numerics.
- Complete the Fluid Class Manager Setup Codelab. In this Codelab, you will set up the triggers that automate your class management and attendance logging workflow, connect your attendance logs to the data studio report, and learn how to create and delete virtual classes.
Fluid Numerics provides free self-guided Codelabs to help you get started with the tools we share with the community.