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Classroom Update Adds New Features Like Calendar Integration

August 24, 2015 - Written By John Anon

If you are off that age, then now is the time that you are either preparing to head back into the classroom or may have already done so. In fact, it is not just the younger generation who may be heading back to school, as all the teachers and school staff will also be in the midst of preparing for the year ahead. With that in mind, Google’s take on schooling, Classroom, is seeing an update today which might help those back to school teachers better plan for the year ahead.

Over the last year, Classroom has seen a number of updates and some interesting features, however, today’s update comes with an extremely useful main feature. This new feature is the integration of Classroom with Google Calendar. As such, once the update lands, Classroom will automatically create calendars for all your classes within Google Calendar. For classes that contain specific assignments or due dates, this information will also be incorporated into the calendar. Not to mention, teachers will be able to input additional data too. As in the example provided by Google, if a certain class has a guest speaker or is part of a field trip.

In addition, Google has announced a few more features which will be of use. These include the ability to start and maintain better discussions through Classroom. Teachers will be able to post questions and have students respond in a discussion format, including responding to each other’s comments, Another new feature is the ability to reuse posts. If something worked well last year, teachers will be able to effectively reuse the post, with the added ability of updating the information to be relevant to the current class and audience. More minor new features include the ability to ‘bump a post’ which simply means that teachers can now move an older post to the top of the stream, so that it remains the most highly visible post. While, teachers will also now have the ability to create projects or assignments with no specific due date. Google states, all of these features will become active in the next update which will be rolling out over the next week. To find out more or read the full details on each of new features, hit the source link below