Google has not been a stranger to the education market for years now. When it developed Google Classroom in 2014, the tech giant had high hopes that the tool would streamline daily classroom activities and give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach.
After a year of its release, Google Classroom was in almost 10 million classrooms across the country.
With countless updates since then, Google Classroom has solidified itself as a positive addition to the classroom.
Using Google Classroom, teachers keep their paperwork for all their classes organized in one dashboard. With just a few clicks, homework is assigned and papers are graded, all digitally. This eliminates all those trips to the copier.
The process of making worksheets is also streamlined by Google Classroom because teachers can simply make them digitally.
Google has also made collaborative learning easier. Teachers can share content with their peers in one way — such as through a document that can be edited — and then share a different version with students — a document without editing functions.
Discussions in the classroom are more easily facilitated by a student response system that allows teachers to start question-driven discussions on their class’s virtual page.
Students also benefit from this technology. Students can use it as a platform to access daily assignments and the teachers can give them faster, more detailed and meaningful feedback.
Good for Administrators and IT
Google Classroom is also a good fit for administrators and IT teams. Alerts let them know if there is suspicious activity. IT teams can also control password resets for teachers and students, so the wait time is minimal.
Using application program interface (API), administrators and developers of new ed tech products can easily sync Google Classroom rosters and assignments with other platforms like a learning management system or a student information system.
API also allows teachers to seamlessly use add-ons and other apps within the Classroom environment.
Administrators have access to all kinds of data with Google Classroom. They can track usage trends, active users and classes, and posts created by students and teachers.
Staying With Trends
Google has kept Classroom updated with the current learning trends, including personalization. A recent update lets teachers easily create assignments for individual students or groups. Google touted it as a discreet way to provide extra help to students who are struggling.
Using Google Classroom in conjunction with Chromebooks and G Suite for Education apps has allowed students to take charge of their own learning, a key component of personalization.
Google Chat can help to foster a constant dialogue between students and teachers, as well.
Google tools and apps have created an environment of collaboration that encourages even the youngest students to reach out to their teachers if they are struggling.
Google Classroom has expanded to unconventional learning opportunities such as after-school programs and workshops for adult learners. Google also explored using Classroom to connect students via an international exchange program and found the tool eliminated the technological intimidation factor.
(Story via EdTech)