Google Classroom Launches to Help Teachers Focus on Teaching
Google Classroom is available to teachers to help them create and collect assignments and improve class communications so they can spend more time with students.Google Classroom, a free, new tool in the Google Apps for Education suite, has been released by Google after a three-month preview period to help teachers streamline many administrative tasks so they can spend more time teaching subject matter to their students. The Classroom feature was announced by Zach Yeskel, Google's Classroom product manager and a former high school math teacher, in an Aug. 12 post on the Google Enterprise Blog. "When we introduced Classroom back in May [in limited preview mode], we asked educators to give it a try," wrote Yeskel. "The response was exciting—more than 100,000 educators from more than 45 countries signed up for a preview. Today, we're starting to open Classroom to all Google Apps for Education users, helping teachers spend more time teaching and less time shuffling papers." The idea of Classroom is to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently and communicate with their classes easily with Web-based educational tools that are simple to use.
Through Google technology services, including Google Docs, Drive and Gmail, teachers can use Classroom to create and collect assignments from students without using paper, and quickly monitor which students have or have not turned in assignments. They can also provide instant feedback on student work using Classroom.