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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.

About

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.

Features

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.

Timeline

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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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Google Classroom: 8 answers to common questions

Andy Wolber

Web

April 16, 2020

How Google Took Over the Classroom

Natasha Singer

Web

May 13, 2017

This is everything you need to know about Google Classroom

Rhona Shennan

Web

April 21, 2020

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Classroom 101

January 8, 2019

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Clever
April 29, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Google has selected Clever, one of the most widely used digital learning platforms in the U.S., to provide automated rostering for Google...
Mark Hachman
February 17, 2021
PCWorld
If your child's virtual classroom uses Google, here are the changes that they'll see over the coming months.
Sarah Perez
February 17, 2021
TechCrunch
Google today introduced a suite of updates for its online education tools whose adoption and further development have been accelerated by the pandemic, including Google Classroom, Google Meet and the next generation of G Suite for Education, now rebranded as Google Workspace for Education. In total, Google is promising more than 50 new features across [...]
Nic Fleming
January 23, 2021
the Guardian
Some see huge benefits in virtual learning but others fear the impact on disadvantaged children and privatisation by stealth
S'moresUp
January 22, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- S'moresUp (www.smoresup.com), a Smart Family Management platform that teaches kids critical life skills through chores and rewards, is now the...
By Jane Wakefield
January 11, 2021
BBC News
With a lack of devices, broadband and time, online school is proving stressful for many.
Sophie Putka
November 30, 2020
Business Insider
You can archive a class in Google Classroom on desktop or mobile using the Archive function in the Settings menu.
Sophie Putka
November 17, 2020
Business Insider
You can submit an assignment in Google Classroom under the "Classwork" section on the desktop site or mobile app.
Mark Hachman
August 11, 2020
PCWorld
Both Google and Microsoft hope to train a new generation on their collaboration tools.
BS Reporter
August 8, 2020
@bsindia
Time for top corporates to increase philanthropy budget
Jane Wakefield
March 21, 2020
BBC News
There are plenty of online resources to help children keep learning while schools are closed.
June 6, 2019
WebWire
Nearpod, the comprehensive Student Engagement Platform for K-12 teachers, today announces its selection as a Google for Education Premier Partner for its achievements as a high-performance complement to Google Classroom. Nearpod allows educators the ability to create interactive lessons that combine resources from tools such as Google Slides or Google Drive, multimedia such as YouTube videos or GIFs, and formative assessments, as well as the ability to swiftly assign and share lessons w...
May 9, 2019
WebWire
Nearpod, the comprehensive student engagement platform for K-12 teachers, today announces its 2019 spring release to empower educators with new content and timesaving tools, as well as drive greater student engagement. The latest release includes deeper integrations with Google Classroom and Clever, new content from Newsela, even more simulations from PhET Interactive Simulations, and enhanced productivity and organizational features for districts and teachers. Today's educators typica...

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