Thursday, August 7, 2014

Google Announces Date for Google Classroom!

Teachers and administrators alike have been awaiting the news that Google just dropped --- a launch date for Google Classroom!   That date is August 11th, 2014!

Beginning on August 11th, all Google Apps for Education customers (it's free kids - why don't you have it?) will have full access to the Google Classroom environment.  This means that any teacher in your Google Apps for Education domain will be able to create or join a class, invite students and post assignments!

The Google Classroom is designed as an integrated part of Google Apps for Education that will allow teachers to create, interact and collect assignments all online -- and in the familiar Google Apps environment.  It does this by interacting directly with Google Drive and creating Google Drive folders for each assignment and class automatically for you when you create assignments.

Administrators can enable or disable Google Classroom in their Google Apps Administrative Console for the entire school or even specific departments -- just like any other Google App.  Google says they are continuing to grow and develop the product, and that input from teachers and administrators is key to the growth of Google Classroom.

To get started, users would go to the Google Classroom URL ( and tell Google if you are a student or a teacher.  The Classroom Help Center is a great resource that Google will continue to develop for students and teachers to go to get help and answers when needed.  In addition to that, Google has launched the Classroom Forum for peer-to-peer question and answers!

Bruce has worked in educational technology for over 18 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.  Follow Bruce's Novel releases by subscribing to his FREE newsletter!

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