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With so many more teachers joining Google Classroom this year, I wanted to share a quick tip on how to personalize this space. You can update the subject in Google Classroom to better distinguish your classes. This way, students can see on their dashboard the different courses they are taking with different header images chosen by their teachers. Learn how to make your own Google Classroom banner and customize the Google Classroom header image.
In this blog post, I’ll share a strategy you can use to further customize these banner images. Spark Post allows you to create a graphic that can be uploaded directly to Google Classroom. I’m a huge fan of the Adobe Spark tools, and Ben Forta and I even wrote a book on using this powerful creation tool. Here you can find out everything about our book.
Let’s dive into the steps to create your own Google Classroom banner!
How to make a custom Google Classroom banner
In the steps below, you will see screenshots from Google Classroom and Adobe Spark website. Aside from using Spark Post on the web, there is also an Android and iOS app that you can use.
How big is the header in Google Classroom?
As I write this to you today, the best dimensions are 1600 by 400 pixels. When Google Classroom gets an update, these dimensions may change, but you will have the option to crop the image. So if you have a picture that is not the perfect size, you can crop it to make it fit better.
Go to to create your custom Google Classroom banner Adobe Spark website. Select the Custom Size Graphic option as you can see in the screenshot above. Then enter the dimensions 1600 for the length and 400 for the width. Make sure you select pixels as the length measure.
What should I put on my Google Classroom banner?
First, choose a color for your banner that you want to stick with through the school year. A light or bold color works best. You can change the color using the options on the right side of the screen.
When you’re in Google Classroom, it automatically displays certain information, including class and code. This information will be displayed above your image so you don’t have to add it to your custom banner. Instead, you can include a reminder such as the time of your weekly or daily meeting, or other information that students want to have regular access to throughout the year.
In the example I shared with you, I’ve added a reminder of the times for live Q&A each day and a quick welcome! Embassy. Here are a few more ideas:
- Bit.ly link to a breakout room
- Teacher Email
- Link to the class website
- Class slogan
- Bitmoji teacher
Tip: Place any information you add in the center of the screen. This way, you won’t get any extra text (classroom name, Google Meet code, etc.) obscuring the message you added.
How do I change the banner image in Google Classroom?
Once you’ve created your banner, you can download it as a JPG file. This action saves it on your computer and then uploads it to Google Classroom. When you’re back on your classroom page, open the class you want to customize. In the lower right corner you will see a link that says “Upload Photo”. This button allows you to choose an image to add to the background.
You may be asked to crop or reposition the image. You should be done with the dimensions I gave you at the top of the post. Just stretch the corners to make sure your entire picture fills the space.
Since you can update the cover by quickly uploading a new file, you can jump into Spark and make some changes to your picture in case you ever need to update information. You can change the header information once a month or insert a seasonal symbol when entering a new season. To make sure changes aren’t confusing for students, I would recommend using the same background color throughout the school year.
When looking for more Adobe Spark combinations, here are some things to investigate:
Cant wait to see what you create with Spark Post! If you want to share your covers on social media, make sure you use the hashtag #AdobeEduCreative on your social posts. Use this link to get started with Spark for Education.
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