After Labor Day : my public school is getting ready to go online for school for the first time. They will be using Google classroom to teach students. 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.
Why Google classroom?
- Google Classroom is easy to use. Compared to other LMS (Learning Management Systems) that have been popular over the past decade, Google Classroom is amazingly simple. Setting up a new classroom doesn’t take much time or expertise. Our tech team trained for about an hour, and all of us had a classroom set up and running by the end of the session.
- Google Classroom helps you to communicate more efficiently. You enter the email addresses of the students just once, and classroom communication is done. Just by entering the student in the classroom, the teacher has an email group, a discussion group, and a Google Calendar automatically created. And it’s easy to add and remove students from the class as necessary.
- Google Classroom helps you to communicate more effectively. Probably more important than being easy to use and efficient, the communication tools are also very effective. Because it is all Cloud-based, there is no more “losing” of assignments by students. If a student is absent, communication is seamless. Just last month, Google Classroom added a parent notification feature to keep parents informed about what is going on in the “classroom.”
- Google Classroom is more cost-effective and better for the environment. Personally, I’m not completely sold on paperless learning, especially for younger students. But I do see a true advantage for schools to be more cost-effective when it comes to copies and printing. If every student has a device that connects to the Internet already, every sheet of paper that we save only makes the school more efficient and more environmentally responsible.
- This is how students will continue to learn in the future…which is why I probably need to let go of my “paperless” hang-up. College campuses no longer expect undergrads to print out their five-page essays. As K-12 educators, we should take note and prepare our students for the world they will be living in.
- It’s better for students who struggle…as long as you help them man