Thursday, May 8, 2014

Google Does It Again -- Google Classroom!


Google has released its newest set of Google Apps tools -- Google Classroom!  This is a free set of tools that integrates hand-in-hand with Google Apps.  This tool will allow teachers to monitor, assess, give feedback and keep track of what students are doing in class.  The tools are well done, and easy to use!

With Classroom, you'll be able to:
Create and collect assignments:

Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. They can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback to individual students.

Improve class communications: 
Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication 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.

Starting today, teachers and professors can apply for a preview of Classroom. Based on the requests Google will be inviting a limited number of educators to try Classroom in about a month. By September, Classroom will be available to any school using Google Apps for Education.

Bruce has worked in educational technology for over 17 years and has implemented several 1:1/BYOD programs.  He also has been a classroom teacher for various subjects.  Bruce is the author of five books: Sands of TimeTowering Pines Volume One:Room 509The Star of ChristmasPhiladelphia Story: A Lance Carter Detective Novel and 
The Insider's Story: A Lance Carter Detective Novel.  He also has a new novel coming out in June 2014, The Kill Commission.  Follow Bruce's Novel releases by subscribing to his FREE newsletter!

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