6 Awesome New Google Classroom Features Teachers Should Know about

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Over the last year, Google Classroom has rapidly evolved into a powerful learning and teaching platform providing the education community with a trusted alternative to the established learning management systems (LMS). More and more teachers and educators are drawing on its functionalities to enhance the quality of their teaching and to optimize students learning. And to make it even better, Google Classroom announced the expected release of a collection of new features geared to maximize the efficiency of this platform. Below is a quick overview of some of the new features that will be introduced later this year. To learn more about these and other features check out this page:

1- Classroom Add-ons
"Classroom add-ons will let [users] choose their favorite EdTech tools and content from a marketplace and assign it to students directly inside Classroom — all without extra log-ins. Admins will also be able to install add-ons for teachers in their domains."

2- Set up classes in advance with SIS roster syncing
"Admins using Education Plus will be able to create classes and populate and sync rosters directly to Classroom from their Student Information System (SIS)."

3- Track student engagement
"To give teachers visibility into which students are engaged and which are falling behind, we’re launching student engagement tracking. Educators will be able to see relevant stats about  how students interact with Classroom, such as which students submitted an assignment or commented on a post on a particular day."

4- Rich text formatting
"Teachers and students (on web, iOS and Android) will soon be able to customize Classroom assignments and posts using rich text formatting — including bold, italics, underline and bullets."

5- Offline work
"We’re updating the Classroom Android app to work offline or with intermittent connections. Students will be able to start their work offline, review assignments, open Drive attachments, and write assignments in Google Docs — all without an internet connection."

6- Originality reports in new languages
"Originality reports help students turn in their best work, while making it easy for instructors to detect potential plagiarism. Soon they'll be available in 15 languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese,  Finnish, German, Korean and Danish, Malay and Hindi."