What is Google Classroom?
Think of Google Classroom as a digital “place” to enhance your physical classroom. Teachers create digital assignments, track student progress, and give feedback online. Students complete assignments and communicate with teachers and other students using online tools. Parents may receive email reports showing student progress.
Classroom simplifies media. You can easily share digital documents, links to other sites, and videos. Capture learner’s attention with audio and animation. These resources are organized in your classroom, ensuring students can access materials anywhere at any time. Sharing your lessons online allows your students to learn at their own speed. Students can view your lessons multiple times. They can also review from the comfort of their home.
Gets Better Conversations Going
New methods of communication are available in your digital classroom. Reach your students in ways that they find comfortable. Some students are shy and too nervous to speak in class. Google Classroom allows public and private comments between students and teachers. You can give feedback through audio and text notes. You can even share video messages with your class.
You can give students feedback while they are working. You do not need to wait for them to hand in an assignment. Provide them with the personalized learning they need when they need it.
Reduce Paper Shuffle
Dealing with paper costs valuable time. Consider how much time you spend making copies and handing them out in class. With Google Classroom you assign a digital assignment with a few mouse clicks. Bonus: Students can’t claim to have lost the assignment. It’s always online.
School budgets are shrinking every year. Printing a black & white page costs around $0.02. Color is around $0.20 per page. That adds up quickly. Spend less on printing and focus funding on other priorities.
Familiar User Experience
Google classroom has a similar look-and-feel to other Google G Suite applications. As students and teachers learn one application, they will be more comfortable with others.
You and your students can use Classroom on almost any device. Chromebooks, home computers, tablets, smartphones.
Downsides to Online Classrooms
The good comes with the bad. Relying on a digital classroom could result in less direct interaction with a teacher. The absence of student-to-student interaction could make learning less social. This could reduce motivation to learn. Learning needs to be social.