Raise one hand and click your mouse pad with the other. Google has released Classroom, its new education management online tool, to teachers worldwide. Google previewed the program in May to a select group of educators. Teachers must first register with Google’s free Apps for Education suite, which includes systems like Slides, Docs and Drive, and then students can sign up. Available in 42 languages, Classroom allows instructors to post quizzes and homework in one place so students can access and complete paperless assignments. Classroom displays students’ assignment “status,” showing which students have turned in work, grades and teacher comments.
In a preview video that Google released in May, students — all on laptops at their desks — and teachers connect on Classroom about assignments at hand. One educator who tested Classroom with her students is Sister Rosemarie DeLoro, a longtime teacher in Brooklyn, New York, who said, “You can’t stay in teaching and keep going to the old ways.”
— Rebecca Ungarino