Google Classroom

Google Classroom

A blended learning platform designed to be used by educators for both in-person and virtual learning. It is a part of Google and was launched in May 2014.


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.


Google Products

Other Google products are integrated into the platform, including Google Docs and Gmail. Google Classroom integrates with G Suite for Education.

Comment Bank

Educators can give feedback to students using the comment bank.

People Page

Manage and view guardians, students, and co-teachers.

Classwork Page

Materials and coursework can be organized and stored.

Locked mode

Quizzes can be given in locked mode to avoid distractions.

Originality Reports

Scan students work for matching text on the web.

Integrate Apps

Other apps can be integrated in Classroom including BrainPOP, Classcraft, and Quizlet.


August 14, 2019
Course Kit is rebranded to Google Assignments, adds Originality Reports

Course Kit was the infrastructure that allowed schools to use Google Classroom functionality within an external learning management system (LMS).

January 9, 2019
Google Classroom for web is updated with Google's Material Theme in a redesign.
November 28, 2018
Google Classroom made available for enterprise G Suite accounts
June 25, 2018
Google Classroom gains new "Classwork" view, Stream redesign, and locked Chromebook quizzes.

Google also centralized the settings menu in Google Classroom with this release.

April 27, 2017
Personal Google accounts are allowed to create classes in Google Classroom
August 17, 2016
Google Classroom gains annotations & email summaries, Forms adds support for images
May 6, 2015
Google updates the Google Classroom mobile apps to let teachers grade assignments on the go.
April 21, 2015
Google announced several updates to Google Classroom, including the ability to add more than one teacher to a Classroom class, and new automatically-saving drafts for class announcements and assignments
January 14, 2015
Google releases Classroom mobile apps for Android and iOS -

Google announced that it's releasing mobile apps for its Google Classroom service for both Android and iOS devices.

October 14, 2014
Google integrates its Groups functionality into Google Classroom, as well as other teacher-focused classroom management tools.

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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Further reading


Google Classroom: 8 answers to common questions

Andy Wolber


April 16, 2020

How Google Took Over the Classroom

Natasha Singer


May 13, 2017

This is everything you need to know about Google Classroom

Rhona Shennan


April 21, 2020

Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Classroom 101

January 8, 2019




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