Google’s commitment to education can be seen in more than a few forms, from Chromebooks for Education to the Google Apps for Education program, and even with the launch of the Google Classroom app that allows both teachers and students to access crucial and important elements needed for various things in class. Today, Google has just launched the version 2.0 update of the Classroom app which introduces a few new tools for teachers to make better use of the app. There are also some improvements geared towards students, so it should be an all-around better experience for both.
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When the app for Android launched last year Google already made it possible for students to access all of their important schoolwork assignments and any relevant news from their classes posted by teachers, but with the most recent update, Classroom for Android is including a brand-new notifications center where students and teachers can see all of their notifications more easily. With this new centralized spot inside of the app, neither will have to exit out of it to see any of the notifications new or old that they may have missed accidentally.
Another big feature inclusion is the ability to capture any pictures or video that may be relevant to coursework, and whether it’s a student or teacher, either can attach any pictures or videos they’ve taken an add them to Classroom posts as attachments. Expanding on this a little bit, Google has given teachers the ability to add YouTube videos to any posts they have put up inside of the application, and naturally this feature applies only to teachers and not students. Teachers have two other new tools to work with and are now able to create, save, and post a draft of anything they will be putting in a class board for students to see, and they also now have the ability to post to multiple classrooms simultaneously so they can reach all of their students at once without having to retype everything up. Google’s update to Classroom should already be live and if you are a teacher or a student that hasn’t downloaded the app yet, you can pick it up from the Play Store.