Teachers give their students assignments in class and later collect them. But sometimes this give and take process becomes lengthy. So, Google has launched a new free tool called Classroom which will help teachers create and organize assignments, provide feedback to their students, and communicate with their classes.
Classroom is a part of Google Apps for Education lineup of products, and it uses Docs, Drive and Gmail to make assignment creation and tracking easier than when you’d do those things manually. According to Google, Classroom is based on the principle that “educational tools should be simple and easy to use” and is designed “to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.” Teachers will be able to track students based on their class and quickly see how each is progressing: However, Classroom will offer the following things:
- 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.
- Improve class communications: Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class.
- Stay organized: Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.
Classroom is ad-free and it ensures privacy. Besides, according the company, it’ll never use any data for advertising purposes. Teachers and professors can apply for a preview of Classroom over at classroom.google.com/signup. On the other hand, based on the requests, Google will invite a limited number of educators to try Classroom “in about a month.” Here’s avideo of Classroom.
Source: Google (Blog)