24 Replies to “Previewing a new Classroom by Google”

  1. In honor of #TeacherAppreciationWeek, we’re announcing a preview of Classroom, a new, free tool in #GAFE that’s coming later in 2014. Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. http://goo.gl/5VvWDz

  2. *New tool for teachers by Google* Obviously requires that all students have computers, but since that is a given with Google Apps for Education anyway, this looks like an interesting addition. Our schools use Moodle, which is an open source solution, but this looks like it goes further.

  3. Once this gets released, probably a year from now you’ll see competitors Microsoft and Apple are gonna compete with Google by creating their own classroom app especially Apple since Macs have been used in schools for 30 decades so far!!

  4. Translation= teach children to use google products so the chances of them using google in the future is more. Means more money for google. Cha Ching. 

  5. For all the teachers who wake up early to grade, who battle the copy machine every morning, and who inspire students every minute they’re teaching (and just need more minutes!), we’re thrilled to announce a preview of Classroom. Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education designed to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek! Let us know if you’d like to try it out at classroom.google.com/signup. You can learn more at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/previewing-new-classroom.html

  6. This new learning platform by Google is going to save teachers time and make learning more accessible, manageable an inspiring for students. It’s not available yet but it’s on it’s way. 

  7. Good idea but two ultimate flaws with this: 1. Computers are distracting and tempting. As a university student I see plenty of students on Facebook and other websites they shouldn’t be on during lecture. Heck even during my internship I hear about people surfing the web. Computers become tempting when you have to do an assignment on them and no option to do without them. When you get stuck on an assignment you end up once again on websites that you shouldn’t be on. (And while a sometimes clears your mind and helps you find the answer you need, that’s a rare occurrence) 2. Laptops are costly, and no one wins for this. If there’s not an option to opt out of having a computer requirement, then the school or Google must provide it. Google would unlikely spend millions of dollars sending computers to schools across the country and pay more for maintenance and replacement. And many schools cannot afford to pay for all of the hardware, public school budgets just don’t get enough money for that. And even if someone is willing to pay to let students use laptops for free, who would trust a child with technology that’s up to $1000?

  8. Is this the way forward? Paperless is definitely a boom. My GCSE ICT moderation this year was the usual four inch thick slab of coursework that had to be meticulously commented, marks added to a coversheet and then another marksheet ticked off for each assignment. My computer Science on the other hand was a FreeFileSync file that copied the relevant directories from the students user area onto my pen drive. I then added a PDF file and marked every assignment electronically. As I had 16 students, I just did the whole lot (we get asked for a sample of 10), and its now on a CD ready for sending off when they ask for a sample. Carrying around a 15mm square 32gb pendrive is a whole lot easier than lugging all that dead tree!

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