What is Google Chat? Chat is an instant messaging tool for communicating with SFUSD colleagues and sometimes with SFUSD students. If you're sending messages to families, please use the Technology Platforms for Mass Communication with Families and Staff document to choose the appropriate communication tool.
New to this Google tool?
Check out our "Basics" section for resources to get you started off on the right foot.
Ready to learn more about this Google tool and go further?
Take a look at our "Tips & Tricks" section to get ideas and suggestions.
Not sure if your students have access to this Google tool?
The "Who can use" section outlines which grade levels have access to this tool.
Wondering how this Google tool ties into Deeper Learning?
You've come to the right place! Scroll down to our Deeper Learning section for ideas and resources.
Google Chat basics
You can access Google Chat from:
- Chat homepage
- Bottom left sidebar in Gmail
- Google Apps Launcher (waffle)
What's so exciting about Chat?
Chat is a collaborative space, where you can send & share files, create new shared files, start video calls with everyone in the group, and keep track of action items with Tasks, all directly within your group’s Chat space.
Who can use Google Chat?
Google Chat is an instant messaging tool, and it is available for use by SFUSD staff, high school students (grades 9-12), and students in grades 3-8 at sites where administrators have requested its access for students.
If you have any questions, please submit a Help Desk ticket.
Deeper Learning has 4 core instructional priorities
The thinking and questioning of students is the focal point. Students build connections to prior learning and experiences, and are independent learners who make their thinking visible.
Students interact in meaningful ways through conversation, or participation in collaborative structures. The educator serves as facilitator and a collectivist or communal approach is used.
Equitable Access & Demand
Curricula is designed and instruction is delivered to ensure access for all and cognitive demand for “each and every” student, supporting independence, not dependence.
Assessment for Learning
Students are provided with time, space and support to set goals, assess learning, track progress and present their growth. Students are seen as co-designers of their assessment, owning and sharing their learning.
To learn more about Deeper Learning in SFUSD, visit the Deeper Learning Towards the Graduate Profile website.
Google Chat can be great for group conversations and organization. It's important to set students up for success by facilitating the co-creation of norms and expectations. We also recommend our Chat & Students resource for teachers interested in teaching students how to collaborate with Google Chat.
Equitable Access & Demand
Different students will need different supports as they learn to use Chat appropriately. It is completely age-appropriate and normal for students to test boundaries and test out different things as they learn.
Before introducing students to Chat, we highly recommend looking over our Chat & Students resource, which is a guide for administrators and teachers about student access to Chat and includes digital agency resources. We also recommend looking around SFUSD's Digital Agency website for additional resources and support.