Occasionally we come across a customer or colleague who is utilizing the G Suite for Education platform, but for one reason or another they aren't using Google Classroom. Perhaps the IT department hasn't yet approved its usage, or maybe the extra time to check it out simply hasn't presented itself.
Either way, with over 20 million educators and students currently using Google Classroom, we thought we would share why we think you really should take a few minutes and see what you're missing.
It couldn't be easier to use.For those completely in the dark, Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates your G Suite for Education account with all your G Suite services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.
Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.
Here is a quick overview of how it works:
You can use it on any computer.
Whether you have already deployed Chromebooks, only have a computer lab with legacy computers, or are still in the planning phases of how to integrate G Suite for Education into your various technologies, you can use Classroom with no future-proofing fears.
Classroom is platform agnostic. This means you can use native apps for Android, iOS, and ChromeOS, or simply open a web browser and view it just like you would Gmail, Drive, or any other part of the suite.
With integration comes enhanced communication.
Students see assignments on the Work page, in the class stream, or on the class calendar. All class materials are automatically filed into Google Drive folders.
Students can also share resources with each other and interact in the class stream or by email.
Teachers create assignments, send announcements, and start class discussions instantly.
It just got easier to extend.
If your school uses custom software or allows third party apps, you're in luck. Google recently massively updated their API functionality for Classroom adding a Coursework element. This allows you to use third party courses, and use your own custom courses to push grades to Classroom.
For those of you who are into the nitty gritty tech details, more information can be found here.
It's completely free.
Lastly, just like the rest of G Suite for Education, Classroom contains no ads and never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes. This is all a 100% free from Google to you, the educator to help make your life easier and thank you for continuing to fill one of the most important roles in our world.