If you’re a college student like me, than you are familiar with the online classroom Blackboard. The online tool is used by professors to connect with students outside of class by posting assignments and grades. Earlier this year, Google announced similar program called Google Classroom. With Google Classroom, teachers can use the platform as a way to plan lessons, assignments, and work alongside their students in real-time. The platform launched in August, just in time for the start of the school year. Announced by the search giant themselves on their Google For Education site, the company is rolling out new features that will enhance the experience of Google Classroom. The new features give teacher improved controls that they can utilize while teaching their class.
Starting October 14th, Google Classroom will receive five new improvements that will help the platform run more smoothly and be easier for teachers to use. The first new feature that is being introduced is the Google Groups integration. Google’s announcement states that the, “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.” In addition, students will now have the option to mark assignments as “Done.” Also, an Export all grades feature has been added that will let teachers download grades for all assignments at one time. This will make it easier to export assignments to any gradebook. Following the new student capabilities, teachers can now sort students by first or last name. Also, teachers controls get an even bigger enhancement with the ability to set permissions on whether students can post or comment.
These new features and enhancements will be available to all Google Classroom users through the company’s Google Apps For Education. If you just so happen to be a student that has a class through the Google Classroom platform, let us know your thoughts on these new features. Do you think Google could have done more to the platform, or do these newly added features and enhancements make the experience much better? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below.