Google has made an announcement in its blog post on Monday that Google Classroom would be updated with new features which would help teachers engage and interact with students in a much organized way.
Will Phan, Google Classroom Software Engineer who made the announcement, noted that these features will help teachers engage well with their students as well as save their time while performing various tasks, according to iDigital Times.
One of the interesting features is that a question or a video posted by a teacher could be viewed directly by the students. The wards can also respond or comment directly on the post as well as interact with their mates in the same forum. Teachers can discuss with or respond to the students directly on their post and vice versa.
In the updated Google Classroom, the teachers would be able to reuse the assignment that they once prepared. They needn’t prepare a new assignment from scratch; instead, they are free to make use of old assignments, make changes and even update and reuse it.
Michael Fricano II, a teacher from Iolani School in Honolulu, and Heather Breedlove, a Technology Integration Coordinator from Flagstaff Unified School District in Arizona, noted in the blog post that the new features enables “focused conversation” between the students and the teachers. He also added that the idea of reusing the assignments and posts help teachers to “work smarter.”
Google Calendar created for each class by Google Classroom is one of the most helpful features introduced among others. This could be assessed from both Calendar and Classroom. This feature would add the assignment’s due date directly into the calendar and the teacher can make changes or updates in the calendar anytime manually, according to Fortune.
Other features include posting an assignment without a specific due date, bringing an old post to the top for attention of the students and attaching a Google form with a post in case of a survey or test.
The company noted that these updates would come into use this week and many other new features would be introduced in near future.