Google Classroom is a product offering from Google focused on the education market. It integrates a number of Google products and services: Google Drive for assignment creation and management, Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides for writing and projects, Gmail for communicating, and Google Calendar for scheduling.
Google Classroom is a platform that helps teachers assign and manage student coursework. With Classroom, educators can create classes, distribute assignments, grade and send feedback, and access course information through the platform. Google Classroom also integrates with legacy learning management tools.
Educators can access Classroom for free when they sign up for G Suite for Education and the platform can be accessed from computers and mobile devices.
The software is used in K-12 school systems and by higher education institutions as well.
Educators can give feedback to students using the comment bank.
Manage and view guardians, students, and co-teachers.
Materials and coursework can be organized and stored.
Quizzes can be given in locked mode to avoid distractions.
Scan students work for matching text on the web.
Course Kit was the infrastructure that allowed schools to use Google Classroom functionality within an external learning management system (LMS).
Google also centralized the settings menu in Google Classroom with this release.
Google announced that it's releasing mobile apps for its Google Classroom service for both Android and iOS devices.
The release included "Groups integration: Ability to pre-populate classes using existing Google Groups. If your school uses tools like School Directory Sync, admins can sync class rosters from the student information system (SIS) into Groups." The release also allowed teachers to sort students by first or last name and to set permissions for whether or not their class can post or comment in the classroom feed. Other new features included the ability to export grading and allowing students to mark their submitted assignments as done.
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