Google has this week added a brand new tool to its Google Apps for Education lineup. Google Classroom is a free app that's intended to make life easier for tech savvy, forward thinking teachers, allowing them to easily organize online lessons, offer feedback to students and collect assignments digitally.
According to the official blurb from Google, Classroom will offer a broad range of functionality including:
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.
Although the service is still in its early stages, professors and teachers are invited to sign up so that they can get to grips with it over the summer holidays. You can check it out for yourself atclassroom.google.com/signup.