Get Ready for the NEW Google Classroom

During the 2018 ISTE conference in Chicago, Google made quite a few announcements that will impact you this fall when you return to school.  The most notable announcements involve Google Classroom. Here’s a round up of what we know and when you can expect access to these features:

Introducing Classwork…

Google is re-thinking how content is organized in Classroom.  Up to this point, everything has been posted in to the classroom “Stream” which gets quite cluttered and crowded after a full year of assignments, announcements, and questions.  The updated classroom adds a new “classwork” tab and provides allows teachers to logically group and organize assignments into modules and units.

Highlights of the new Classwork Page:

Better visual grouping of units:  Currently, the topic feature does not provide any visual grouping of assignments. In the new classwork page, a bold banner identifies the topic and groups assignments together.

You can now re-order your assignments:  Currently, we can only move assignments to the TOP of the stream. We can’t manually order them. Assignments and topics can now be moved up and down inside of the classwork page.

What about the “stream?”

The stream will still be available, but now provides a overview of upcoming assignments and current class discussions.

“People” get their own page!

Teachers, students, and parents interact with classroom on different levels. The new “people” page make managing this groups easier.

All of your Classroom settings in one place!

I’m super excited about this update. All of the settings for your class are now in one central location (look for the “gear” icon). In the past, your class code was on one page, the comment settings on another, co-teachers on another, etc. It took a lot of clicks to set up your class.

Classroom + Forms (even better!)

Google Forms has always worked well with Classroom, but now it’s even better! You can now create a new form quiz directly in classroom. No need to jump into Google Drive first. This new feature is called a “quiz assignment.”

When can I test these awesome features???

The official word from Google is that these features will be available to everyone in “August”. No specific date has been provided.  You can request early access by filling out this form. No word on how quickly these features will become available to the early adopter group.

The information for this post was taken from an article by John Sowash in TECH&LEARNING, following this link for the complete article and more details.