Google Classroom For Professional Learning …
As the name suggests, Google classroom is a web service designed by Google for schools and institutions in order to simplify creating, distributing and marking assignments in a paperless way. The primary objective of Google Classroom is to enhance the process of sharing files between the teachers and students.
Initially introduced as the feature of the G-suite for education, it’s public release was done in August, 2014. In 2015, Google introduced a share button for websites in order to allow school administrators and developers to further get engaged with Google classroom. After then, Google opened classrooms to allow its personal users to join classes without any requirement of G-suite for an education account and then, it became possible for any personal Google user to create and teach a class.
Google Classroom is combined with gmail for communication and with Google calendars for creating schedules. It is also combined with Google drive for the creation and distribution of assignments, with Google doc, sheets and slides for writing purposes. Students can be provided with a private code or be automatically imported from a school domain. Each class has its own folder in the respective user’s drive, where a student can submit their work for grading by teachers. Mobile apps in IOS and Android devices lets the user take photos and attach to an assignment, share files from different apps, and access information offline. Teachers can then observe the progress of each student and after being marked teachers can return to work with remarks and comments.
Google classroom was introduced with a preview available for some members of Google’s G-suite for education programs. Google merged Google Calendar into Classroom for due dates of assignment, field trips and class speakers. Google opened Classroom to allow any personal Google users to join classes without the requirement of having a G Suite for Education account, and then, it became possible for any personal Google user to create and teach a class.
Google Classroom is attached along with Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, and Gmail together to help educational institutions go to a paperless system. Google Calendar was later merged to help with assignment due dates, field trips, and class speakers can be invited to classrooms through the institution’s database, through a private code that can then be added in the student’s user interface or automatically imported from a school domain.
Assignments are submitted and marked on Google’s suite of productivity applications that allow collaboration between the teacher and the student or student to student. Instead of sharing documents that are on the student’s Google Drive with the teacher, files are kept on the student’s Drive and then submitted for marking. Students can also choose to attach additional documents from their Drive to the assignment.
Announcements can be done by teachers in the class crowd, which can be commented on by students, allowing for two-way communication between the teacher and students. Multiple types of media can be attached to announcements and posts to share content. Gmail lets the teacher to send emails to one or more students in the Google classroom interface. The classroom can be accessed on the web or via the Android and IOS Classroom mobile apps.
Google Classroom mobile apps are available for IOS and Android devices. The apps let users take photos and attach them to their assignments, share files from other apps, and support offline access.
In and out, Google classroom makes it easier for both students and teachers, to get an experience of a complete new era of the teaching system.
Author: Pratima Singh