This post first appeared on Forbes.com
Google is launching Classroom, a new offering in its Google Apps for Education to provide students and teachers with a central place to create, store, organize and provide feedback for classroom assignments.
The service, which is in beta and available only in some schools, allows teachers to:
- Create and collect assignments: The service“weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly.” Teachers 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. (Source: Google Blog)
The service will enable teachers to distribute projects to students and for students to turn in their work. Teachers can include worksheets, group work and other assignment related resources.
Teachers and professors who want to try out the service soon can apply for a preview but, by September, the service will be available to any school using Google Apps for Education.
No ads or data scanning
Google said that there are no ads and that it “never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes.” Last week Google announced that it will no longer be scanning student data or offer any advertising in its education apps. Even though Google isn’t monetizing its education product, it is helping build brand loyalty by offering students an early and in-depth experience with Google products. Google is also heavily promoting its Chromebooks to schools but Google Apps for Education work on any web enabled devices including PCs, Macs and tablets.