Google says, “ Today, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, we’re announcing a preview of Classroom, a new, free tool in the Google Apps for Education suite. It helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. Classroom is based on the principle that educational tools should be simple and easy to use, and is designed to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.”
The launch comes just a week after the company announced that it would no longer scan the emails of educators and insert ads accordingly. Google says that based on the requests it receives, the company will invite a limited number of educators to try Classroom “in about a month.”
With Classroom, you’ll be able to:
- Create and collect assignments: Classroom binds together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly to overlook who has or hasn’t completed the work, and providing feedback instantly to individual students.
- Improve class communications: Teachers can make declarartions, ask questions and comment with students in real time improving comnversations inside and outside of class.
- Stay organized: Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.
It’s Google’s hope that Classroom will be available to all schools using Google Apps for Education in September. Developers were also given a link today to learn how they might use their offerings into Classroom. Teachers and professors can apply for a preview of Classroom over at classroom.google.com/signup.