“The internet is the same way,” Sowash continues. “It is a massive place, so you can’t just tell a kid, ‘Hey, meet me in this website.’ That would be a disaster. So, Google Classroom is your digital classroom; it’s the safe space you send your students to.”
The Benefits of Google Classroom for K–12 Education
The application is built for easy organization and collaboration, Sharma says. “Everything is in one place. You can see all your classes, and all of the students have their work in a single place.”
Using Classroom cuts down on the time-consuming and repetitive tasks teachers once did manually. In Classroom, they can create worksheets or Google Docs for every student with the click of a button. Educators don’t need to print and pass out worksheets, templates or papers.
That, along with the ability to access Classroom from any device on any operating system, gives teachers and students more flexibility and mobility in their educational experience.
“With Classroom, I have the ability to check in on every single student’s assignment,” Sowash says. “I can see them working in real time. I can provide them with real-time feedback or guidance.”
The Google product team also built an offline Classroom experience following feedback from users that students without home internet access had trouble using the application, Sharma notes. “Our team reads every piece of feedback that is submitted, and we do our best to prioritize the most common themes and issues,” he says.
How K–12 IT Teams Benefit from Google Classroom
Classroom is designed to allow IT teams to deploy and manage the application at scale. Classroom audit logs allow IT administrators to see a list of actions that have taken place in the application, allowing them to identify any mistakes and giving them more visibility into the program overall.
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They can also create Classes at scale. An IT admin can create all the needed classes for all teachers in the district with just a few clicks. This streamlines the teachers’ experience and prevents any challenges or delays.
Overall, Google Classroom aims to make teachers’ workloads lighter while keeping students engaged in learning. Creating the class is the first step in helping educators organize the LMS, and from there they can find many ways to interact with students, share work in real time and save time on tasks. “Our goal has always been to provide tools and technology to empower learning anywhere, anytime,” Sharma says.