Google Classroom is a free web service created by Google for schools, non-profits, and everyone who owns a personal Google (Gmail) account. Google Classroom makes it very easy for the instructors and their students to connect – inside and outside of the school. It was launched officially launched in August 2014 and up till this moment, educators from different part the world has taken advantage of this learning platform to take their classroom to the cloud. Google has continually been updating Classroom.
Although it lacks visual attraction of iPads, or the learner credibility of a BYOD program. Google Classroom make use of Google’s familiar template which many teachers has made use of for years. Classroom focuses more on teaching and less on tech. You don’t need to be a tech pro to handle this virtual classroom.
Benefits of Google Classroom
Tutors can set up various classes, invite co-teachers and students. In the class stream, they then spread information related to the class – announcements, question and assignments.
Save Time and Paper
Tutors can create classes, communicate, share assignments, and stay organized, all in the internet.
Students can view assignments on the To-do page, on the class calendar, or in the class stream. All class materials are filled automatically into the Google Drive folders, without any set-up.
Enhanced Communication and Feedback
Tutors can create assignments, spread announcements and immediately start class discussions. Learners can share materials with each other and discuss in the class stream or by email. Tutors can also immediately see who has or hasn’t finished the work, and give direct, real-time feedback and also grades.
Works with Applications You Use
Google Classroom works with Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, Drive, and Forms for a better experience.
Affordable and Secure
Classroom is 100% free. It’s never uses the teacher contents or students’ data for advertisement purposes and contains zero ads.
Guardians are not left out of this. They get an email summary of their ward’s work. The summary includes information about class activities, upcoming assignments, and missing works.
Things You Can’t Do With Google Classroom
- There’s no chat function, if you want to contact your student directly. Although you can send emails or allow other Google app take up the function.
- There’s no test or quiz tool. But you can add questions and either choose between an open answer and a multiple choice question. It’s better to choose the first option if you want your class to be lively.
- No discussion forum. You can make announcements and students can comment what they want to but it’s not really a great fit for discussions.