Google Classroom – The Future Of Teaching

As more schools have transitioned to online learning, the platforms or apps that offer online learning have come up to be extremely useful. One such is Google Classroom.
It was initially released publicly on August 12, 2014, but its usage increased recently during the pandemic period. Reportedly, its usage increased sharply, in 2020, when many schools shifted to remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then It has got a far wider use.

What is Google Classroom?

According to Wikipedia, Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

Uses Of Google Classroom

It has got a variety of usage which varies depending on the category of the user and can be categorized as follows :-

A Teacher Can

  • Start a video meeting.
  • Create and manage classes
  • Create assignments and assign grades on them
  • Add materials to the assignments, such as YouTube videos, a Google Forms survey, and other items from Google Drive.
  • Use the class stream to post announcements
  • Send Invitation to parents and guardians to sign up for email summaries.

A Student Can

  • Keep a track of classwork
  • Submit assignments.
  • Check feedback and grades
  • Share resources inside the class stream.

A Parent/Guardian Can

  • Receive an email summary of the child’s work.
  • Review announcements and activities.

Why Google Classroom?

It offers a free service to schools or anyone with a personal Google Account, making it easy for learners and instructors to connect both inside and outside of schools. 

It allows teachers to set assignments and have work submitted by students, mark them, and can even return grades on them and that too digitally. Thus reducing the usage of papers in classes. It saves time and makes it easy to communicate and stay organized.

What does Google Classroom cost?

Google Classroom is free to use. It also has a paid version for those who want some extra features. But as such there’s not much difference and one can get all the necessary things done via the basic unpaid version itself.

Key Features :

Make Assignments :

It allows the teachers to create assignments for the students. The assignment can be further supplemented with any necessary documents. Students are notified about the assignments via e-mail alert. When finished, The students can “turn in” the assignments that the teacher can then grade.

Make Announcements :

The teachers can make announcements that go out to the entire class. Any announcements made, appear on the home screen of the respective class in Google Classroom and are visible to all the students who are added to the classroom. Also, an email message is sent out so that everyone is notified.

Store classroom materials:

The materials that are added to the assignments get stored in the google drive of the respective user.

Allow students to interact:

 Students can comment on assignments and announcements and e-mail each other through the Classroom interface.

Google Classroom – Where teaching and learning come together