Google recently did its bit to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day by launching a new free organizational tool for teachers. Google Classroom will be available as a part of the Google Apps for Education suite. It seamlessly integrates Google Drive, Google Docs, and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback, and communicate easily with their students.
Teachers can apply for a preview of Classroom and the selected teachers will be invited to try the tool before Google opens it up for the world by September – i.e. for schools and teachers who use Google Apps for Education. Google says that Classroom will definitely make a teacher’s life a lot easier.
Teachers can create assignments and send out announcements. Using this single tool, they can keep tabs on student progress with the assignments. This will also provide them a two-way real-time feedback channel – for instance, giving direct feedback to individual students. Students can also get their queries answered, discuss important points with their teachers, and then turn in their assignments. Classroom could also prove a handy tool for teachers to design assignments and lessons tailored for each student.
Classroom Project Manager Zach Yeskel said:
“Classroom is based on the principle that educational tools should be simple and easy to use, and is designed to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.”
Students are already tuned into technology. Many innovative teachers are also leveraging it for effective tutoring. Are you looking forward to the launch of Classroom? Do you use Google Drive and Google Docs in some way for learning?