Google looks to be making the grade with a new tool it unveiled Tuesday that aims to help teachers easily organize assignments and communicate with their students.
Dubbed Classroom, the free tool integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail so that teachers can assign and collect homework paperlessly, communicate with students in and out of class, and organize their curriculum. Classroom will be offered in the Google Apps for Education suite, which provides the usual lineup of email, calendar, and document creation apps but is geared toward students and teachers.
The app is similar to the Apple’s iTunes U which is gives access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Benefits for classes
Easy to set up Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join. It takes just minutes to set up.
Saves time The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review, and grade assignments quickly, all in one place.
Improves organisation Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive.
Enhances communication Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and questions instantly. Since students can post to the stream, they can help out their classmates.
Affordable and secure Like the rest of our Google Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free for schools.
You (Teachers and other interested academicians) can apply for a preview via this link.