Jan 2018
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google classroom

the main benefits of using google class room

A comprehensive classroom ecosystem:

When you create a Google Classroom you’re not just posting assignments. Instead, you have effectively created an all-encompassing online environment for that class. What do I mean by this? Well, all your files, assignments, dates, events, announcements and communication with students are all filed and saved within this classroom. All the files, submissions and interactions of your students are also saved and tracked in the classroom. Everything is stored for you to easily find, nothing will go missing and nothing is forgotten. The best part is, you don’t need to do it manually as the features of Google Classroom will help you do the hard parts of administering the class for you.

 

The greater thing is that it provides 24/7 support if you are having trouble concerning something within the Google Classroom. Just contact their 24/7 support line or visit the online help center. There are also classroom user metrics where administrators can see Classroom usage reports in the Admin console. No need to worry about your data because you are entitled with a personal data protection.

 

The classroom is covered under the Terms of Service for core G Suite for Education, including the FERPA compliance (1974’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). The administrators may decide whether or not the domain users can grant access to their data in the Google classroom to the 3rd party applications. There is even a SIS integration through the Classroom API. Here, you will be able to set up classes and make the student rosters in accordance to your SIS.

 

The convenience provided by Google Classroom seems to be never-ending. They also have a sign-in option so students and teachers can sign in to the Classroom through their accounts on G Suite for Education. Professional development is even available here, with their free online training in the Google Training Center.

 

Going paperless:

The benefits of going paperless are so great we can write an entire book on that alone, but we won’t do that right now. For now, you can just enjoy the thought of only needing to bring one laptop to school and back home instead of the mountains of assignments and books every teacher must battle with on a regular basis.

 

The real power of Google Classroom is the fact that it weaves together several Google Apps such as Google Sheets, Drive, Gmail and Docs thus, easily eliminating the need for papers or hard copies. Because of this, it allows the teachers to do the following:

1 ) Create a spreadsheet, a form, a presentation or a document without a paper.

 

2 ) Distribute those assignments and make announcements to the students easily, in real time.

 

3 ) Customize the due dates, copies of assignment and organization of content for every student.

 

Without a doubt, Google Classroom is a very useful tool for BYOD and 1:1 settings, where all students will be able to easily access the class content on his or her personal device, as well as receive a real-time feedback from their professors or teachers.

 

Saving Time:

One of the biggest selling points Google has made is the potential to save time. This is mainly because of two reasons. First, the features of Google Classroom streamline and organize your class in a semi-automated fashion. This means you don’t need to spend most of your time organizing papers, looking for papers, filing them away etc. Second, which we think is revolutionary for formal education, is you’re not stuck in the classroom anymore! Download it on your mobile or tablet and you have your classroom with you everywhere you go. The amount of flexibility this gives teachers allows them to use their time more efficiently. Gone are the days where you have to physically set up your workstation before you can start marking assignments.

 

Improved communication:

Apart from the obvious ways to communicate with your students more easily, it also allows for a better distribution of communication among the class. Shy students find confidence in typing their ideas and thoughts out. The more timid students have a platform to express themselves without needing to “fight” for airtime with more confident outspoken ones. Not only that but, parents and guardians are involved more effectively as well. They cannot prompt communication with a teacher or look into the classroom on their own but, the teacher has better access to parents and guardians if they choose to. You can email weekly updates, or allow them in on the class’s calendar as well as to the possible actions. We will discuss this further later on in the book.

 

With Google Classroom, you can access the classroom anytime, anywhere via iOS and Android Classroom mobile apps. It also supports real-time feedback and because of this, you will be able to comment, view and edit your work in real time. You can also annotate your students’ works in the Classroom mobile app. Google classroom also creates class discussions. In the class stream, you will be able to engage with students in question-driven discussions, post announcements or you can even move essential topics to the top.

 

Aside from that, you can share videos, links and images from sites to the Classroom with minimum effort. It is very easy to communicate with guardians with the Google Classroom. You can invite parents and guardians to sign up for email summary, including the missing or upcoming work of the students. You can also inform them with questions and announcements posted in the class stream. You are capable of pushing content to the screens of students with the Share to Classroom extension. Students will also be able to share their screen with their teacher.

 

All of this means the level of transparency increases by an incredible amount with all these technological tools. Whereas before there were barriers to information, all the barriers are lowered or even completely removed for effective transfer of information and knowledge.

 

It’s free: (for the most part) :

Google Classroom is completely free and this includes its basic box of tools. Apart from that, many of the resources, apps and extensions you can use along with your classroom are also free to use. Most of these resources won’t be from Google and we’ll be introducing the various types of resources you can use with Google Classroom in later chapters.

 

The way technology has progressed economically has means that these free resources are here to stay, because the product and services we want aren’t exactly how these companies make money. All of this only means teachers no longer need to worry or waste time on budgeting for their class. You no longer need to worry as much about how to make that project possible or how to make that experiment possible when the budget this year isn’t enough.

 

Summary of the key benefits:

1 ) Increased and easier organization.

 

2 ) Increased and more effective communication.

 

3 ) More heighten control of the classroom for the teacher.

 

 

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