iPads <3 Google Classroom

Google has been very busy updating their mobile versions of various apps and Google Classroom is no different. In an earlier post, I discussed how Google Classroom can be an aid in differentiation, particularity for assessment. Whilst the mobile app has been around for a while now, up until recently, the functionality was very limited.

All that’s changed, though, with the latest updates to the mobile app. Now, straight from your iPad or Android tablet, you can now:

  • create and edit assignments
  • add links, Google Drive documents, and photos (unable to upload ANY file like you can in browser interface; work around would be the upload to Drive and distribute that way)
  • view, grade and return submitted assignments
  • access for co-teachers from mobile app
  • communicate via private comment threads with students

I have not tried the new Android app but have had the chance to test out the latest iPad version and it’s great! Note: Google Classroom can ONLY be used by Google Apps for Education clients, is free, and needs to be turned on by the administrator.

Have a look at this terrific super-short video that walks though the new Google Classroom iPad app.

 

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More Google Classroom goodness – add a co-teacher

Yes, Google Classroom is a long way off becoming a fully featured LMS but Google keep adding amazing features that make is even more user (and teacher!) friendly. The latest one I found out about is adding another teacher as a co-teacher to your class in Google Classroom.

Below is a short video tutorial showing exactly how to do it. The steps are:

  • Login to Google Classroom
  • Select the class
  • Click on the ‘About’ link
  • Click on the ‘Invite teacher’ link on the left hand side of the screen
  • Select the person in your contacts you want to add as your co-teacher (must be in your Google Apps domain)
  • Confirm by clicking on ‘Invite’ in the dialogue box

Yet another reason to explore the possibilities of Google Classroom!

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Differentiation using Google Classroom

When I first heard about Google Classroom last year I was excited. Was this going to be a free LMS that integrated with the already excellent Google Apps for Education (GAfE) suite? Would it be bigger and better that Moodle or Edmodo? How would it integrate with Google Drive and Google Sites?

When Google Classroom finally hit the cloud, I admit that I felt it was a bit of an anti-climax. It was so simple with limited functionality. It didn’t take me long to realise the simplicity was actually a huge advantage, and I got excited all over again. It was so easy to create a class and enrol students, set an assessment, create a template to share with students automatically, provide links to resources, keep track of student progress and accept submissions. Better yet, since it’s initial introduction, it is now available as an app for Android and iOS as well as being browser based.

I still think of myself as something of a beginner when it comes to Google Classroom. I’m looking forward to further experimenting with its application in both high school and adult learning educational environments. I do believe that it is potentially a tremendous tool to support differentiation, particularity in mixed ability environments. Here is an infographic I have put together based on my experiences, outlining some ideas on how Google Classroom might be utilised to support differentiation.

DiffAndGoogleClassroom

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