Google celebrates Teacher Appreciation Day by launching Classroom app

Google celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day yesterday by officially announcing its most recent development for the teaching industry. Classroom is designed to improve productivity in the room in which pupils are taught — so teachers have more time to teach, and students have more time to learn.

This latest addition to the Google Apps for Education Suite incorporates several aspects of the Google suite, including Drive, Gmail and Docs. These applications come together to create an ultra-flexible workspace that enables teachers to create and organize assignments, provide feedback and easily communicate with students.

Classroom users will have the facility to:

  • Create and collect assignments: Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. They can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback to individual students.
  • Improve class communications: Teachers can make announcements, ask questions and comment with students in real time—improving communication inside and outside of class.
  • Stay organized: Classroom automatically creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. Students can easily see what’s due on their Assignments page.

Classroom is expected to be available to all schools in the United States from September, but teachers wanting to get in on the action early can apply now to access a ‘preview’ edition of the software.

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