Google Classroom announced today the release of a bunch of interesting features to boost your Classroom productivity during this new school year. Most of these features are particularly focused on rendering Classroom more interactive and collaborative. Here is a brief overview of the main features released today:
1- Engage students with question-driven debates
With this new update teachers are able to add more interactivity to the content they share with their students in Classroom by posing questions and allowing students to answer and hold discussions around them. ‘ For example, you could post a video and ask students to answer a question about it, or post an article and ask them to write a paragraph in response.’
2- Re-use posts
Teachers now are able to re-use materials they used in the previous school year. You can easily grab an assignment or an announcement from one of your last year’s classes and add the changes you want then share it with your students. This applies both to the classes you teach or the ones you co-teach.
3- Calendar Integration
Starting next month, Classroom will automatically create a calendar for each of your classes in Google Calendar and all assignments with due dates will be kept updated. You will also be able to access your calendar right from your Classroom page.
Other features announced today include:
‘A-cBump a post:
When you want to make sure an older item is easy for students to find, you can now move any post to the top of the stream.
B- Due dates optional:
For long-term projects or student-driven assignments, you’ll now have the option to create assignments that don’t have due dates.
C- Attach a Google Form to a post:
Many teachers have been using Google Forms as an easy way to assign a test, quiz or survey to the class. Coming in the next few weeks, teachers and students will soon be able to attach Google Forms from Drive to posts and assignments, and get a link in Classroom to easily view the answers.’