‘MORE TEACHING, LESS TECH-ING.’ What an intriguing headline!
It caught my eye and led me to find out what the search giant was up to in a field that’s been close to my heart – Education.
Besides, experience has taught me that whenever Google enters an industry; chances are that some major game-changing may be underfoot.
“Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes.” Thus reads the introduction page of the new service from the search giant.
Naturally, I was curious to know more, and this is what I found. It gives teachers access to a content management system that allows them to post updates and homework assignments, add and remove students from their classes, and provide them with feedback (including grades). The service is integrated with Google Drive and the productivity applications, such as Google Docs and Slide.
It also makes the teacher’s routine tasks and monitoring a lot easier.
Create and collect assignments: Classroom joins 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.
Communicate effortlessly: Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class.
Organise Content: Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.
Currently, Classroom is available in 42 languages. So the impact of the service will go global . When it was announced in May 2014, more than 100,000 educators from more than 45 countries signed up for a preview. That’s a huge number and an indication of its potential to transform education as we know it.
Google Classrooms is definitely something to keep track of, for anyone interested in developments in Training and Education in the brave, new world.