For the first time, Google has designed a product for a specific industry. Fortunately for educators, that product is for them! Google Classroom is a brand new tool designed to help ease the burden of sharing and receiving assignments from students.
The excitement surrounding classroom has reached a fever pitch; teachers are ecstatic and can't wait to get their hands on classroom. The excitement may be contributing to inflated expectations, however. Classroom is not a complete classroom solution; it must be used alongside perennial favorites such as Edmodo, Hapara Teacher Dashboard, Moodle, etc.
Google Classroom Will:
- Help you communicate with your students.
- Streamline the sharing of documents to your students.
- Streamline the receipt of work from your students.
- Help you provide personal, timely feedback to individual students.
- Serve as a classroom hub
- Help students manage class resources.
- Replace/become your gradebook.
- Replace your existing learning management system.
- Eliminate the need to use Google Drive directly.
- Integrate with Google Calendar, Sites, or Blogger.
- Allow students from multiple domains.
- Allow for multiple teachers
- Share documents in other domains.
- Have many assignment options (points, rubric, no due date, complete/incomplete)
Google Classroom is expected to launch in September of 2014. You can request access here.
Don't have access, but eager to see what classroom has to offer? Check out this sneak peak of Google Classroom including instructions on how to setup and manage your first class!