Google has introduced a new feature to their educational suite of apps with the advent of Google Classroom. This new program is in preview mode and open to select schools in the USA.
Google Classroom has three major facets that is designed to appeal to teachers and leverage existing apps, such as Google docs. One of the most important ones is being able to create and collect assignments. Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. They can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback to individual students.
Sometimes students are not in the classroom due to sickness, vacation or otherwise indisposed. One of the benefits of Google Classroom is the fact teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class.
When assignments are dispatched to the students, instead of collecting them manually Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.
Google is currently working with about a hundred schools to pilot the program and make adjustments on the fly. They are engaging in a mass market release this September, starting today, teachers and professors can apply for a preview of Classroom.