Satchel One and Google Integrations

How to best use our platform alongside Google and Classroom

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Written by Hannah Chapple
Updated over a week ago

We are proud to be a Google for Education Partner, providing enhancements and additional benefits for all stakeholders by integrating Satchel One and your Google Workspace.

Import Tasks from Classroom to Satchel One

If you like to create and manage tasks within Google Classroom, you can opt into our automatic task import integration; this means that every assignment you create in Google Classroom will be instantly imported into Satchel One and surfaced for staff, students, and parents. It also allows staff to benefit from helpful insights and school-wide reporting features for the tasks that are imported.

Enable the integration

A school administrator can enable the integration and consent to Satchel One syncing with Google Classroom by going to Admin > Settings > Integration > Google Classroom.

Once this step has been completed, your staff will be prompted to sync their Classroom account with Satchel One.

Link Your Google and Satchel Accounts

When you sign into Satchel One, you’ll be prompted to connect to your Google account by signing in and agreeing to some data permissions.

If you don’t choose to sign in to Google straight away, you can do this later at any time by going to your Account Settings. You can also come here at any time to disconnect your Google account from Satchel One.

Once you’re signed in, that’s it! Every task you now create will be automatically imported.

Create an Assignment on Classroom

Go to your Google Classroom and choose the class you’d like to create an assignment for. It’s important to ensure that the class codes match in both Google and Satchel for the import to take place. We do support AY pre or suffixes. For instance, a class in Satchel One named "8y/Ma1" can be matched to "2023-8y-Ma1" or "8y/Ma1-2023".

Create your assignment and attach any files or links.

If you don’t select a due date in Google Classroom, please note that Satchel One will automatically choose tomorrow’s date upon import.

Click 'Assign' and your task will start importing into Satchel One; this takes approximately 20 seconds.

View in Satchel One

You should now be able to see the imported task in Satchel One.

By default, the 'How should students submit this task' field will be populated with 'Google Classroom'.

You will not have the option to edit or delete the task within Satchel One if you click the Actions button; you will need to manage this in Google Classroom and the changes will then be updated automatically in Satchel One.

Log in with Google SSO

No need to create additional passwords for Satchel One. Students and Staff can log in using their Google email and password with the click of a button. Find out more.

Add Google Meet Live Lesson Links to the Timetable

If you go to your Timetable and click on any scheduled lesson, you’ll see the option to enter a link; this allows you to paste in a Google Meet URL which will be instantly shared with your class participants on their own timetables.

It’s the easiest way to ensure that video conferencing links are delivered to your students quickly and securely.

Attach Files from Google Drive

When creating a task, staff can link attachments directly from their Google Drive using the 'Add Attachments' area. You can either upload the file or copy and paste the shareable link in the weblinks area.

You can choose your own permission settings on the Google Drive document to ensure that it's personalised to your needs.

Search for any file, including any that have been shared with you, e.g. by a colleague:

Once you've attached your document(s), you can see the option for you to either open them in Google Drive, or download it to your computer. Optionally, you can lock each file so that only logged-in users are able to access it.

Sharing a file via Google Drive allows students to 'Make a copy' of your original document and use it as a framework on which to build their own submission.

Adding attachments from Google Drive gives you the benefit of being able to edit the document to ensure that it's up to date and accurate for the readers.

Students Submissions from Google Drive

If you've asked students to submit their work online via SMHW, they will be offered the option to attach from a range of locations, including Google Drive.

This allows them to share a link to their live document straight back to you quickly and easily. This way you will be able to provide detailed feedback by adding comments, suggestions or annotations directly on their document for some instant feedback!

Marking Google Docs

When students submit their Google doc to you, you can go to the 'Assess' page of the relevant task and click 'Open in Google Drive' rather than choosing to download it. This allows you to give instant feedback to your students without needing to download their document, manually edit it and then reupload it to them. So easy!

Simply click 'Open in Google Drive' as seen in the image below to access the shared document:

💡 Top tip: Are you not able to access the file? Ask students to check the file permissions.

You can then mark the tasks as normal by adding comments, making 'suggestions' or by simply adding to the document wherever you see fit.

Students will be notified about any changes to their document according to their Google Doc preferences, but you can always send students a comment within Satchel One to draw their attention towards any particularly important points.

Continue to adjust submission statuses and grades within Satchel One as normal.

Share a Task to Google Classroom

When you have published a task and are directed to it's description tab, you will see options to 'Share to Classroom' and 'Share to Microsoft Teams'. These allow you to quickly duplicate your tasks to other homework platforms you may be using.

Share to Classroom

Click 'Share to Classroom' which will launch a new window.

You may be required to sign into your Classroom account if you haven't done so already.

Choose the class you'd like share this task to using the 'Choose class' drop down list.

When you've made your selection, press 'Go'.

Once you've chosen your class, you should see your Satchel One task data prepopulated in the Classroom fields.

Please note that although attachments are not currently included in the 'Instructions' area, all tasks include a link to the Satchel One task at the bottom of the instructions where attachments can be accessed.

Fill out the remaining fields on the right of your page such as intended recipients, any points, your chosen due date if required and a topic.

Click the arrow next to the 'Assign' button at the top right to see options to:

  • Assign to students

  • Schedule for a future date

  • Save draft

  • Discard draft

When you're happy with the content you've added, click the 'Assign' button to share this task to your Classroom.

You will then see a confirmation message and an option to view the task you've shared. Clicking 'View' will shortcut you to this task where you can choose to edit / manage your task within Classroom.

Default Submission Method via Google Classroom

Admin users can manage the submission methods that are available to staff in the 'How should students submit this task?' menu by going to Admin > Settings > Submission Methods.

As well as being able to create new methods, Admin users can also select a preferred method which will be the school-wide default whenever a new Assignment / Classwork is made.

Simply find the preferred submission method and toggle the switch in the 'Default' column.

This is a great way to ask students to submit on Google Classroom instead of Satchel One!

Staff can manually adjust their preferred submission method at any time.

Show Tasks in Your Google Calendar

By going to your Account Settings on Satchel One, you can click on the ‘iCal’ option and add your homework details and deadlines to your Outlook calendar.

Copy the URL provided and use the ‘Add other calendars’ option in Google. Choose ‘From URL’ and simply paste and ‘Add calendar’.




If I create the homework in Satchel One will it automatically be created on Google Classrooms?

No, the Google integration imports tasks to Satchel One, created on GC. To share a task from our platform to Classrooms, the teacher can select the Share to Classrooms option, when viewing the task.

I want to set my Google classroom task to individual students, will the task only be set to these students in Satchel One too?

Yes, as long as the “View email addresses of people in their classes” scope is consented to. Teachers can review this in their Account Settings. This allows us to match students based on their email addresses and import grades and student submissions too.

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