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Google Opens Classroom to All

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Good news! Your (physical) homework could be a thing of the past -- if your school adopts Google Classroom. Google's opening up its Classroom service today to all Apps for Education users today in the hopes of digitizing the flow of assignments and feedback in schools.

First introduced in May, Classroom is a portal that lets teachers create and assign homework that students can submit directly via the service. It uses Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive and Gmail to let educators collect, create, review and organize class work. Teachers can also help students on their assignments in real-time just as you can already collaborate on Docs.

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Each course has its own About page that displays information and material about the class. The main page of each subject features a stream of announcements and upcoming deadlines, with panels on the left for news and a class code.

While this could reduce the strain on the backs of students and teachers alike, it's also quite a smart move on Google's part to get classes of kids signing up for Google accounts.

Classroom is only available to those who have a free Apps for Education account. To get that, you need to be working at an educational organization and sign up with your work email address.

Staff Writer Cherlynn Low wishes she could forget about homework. Follow her @cherlynnlow and on Google+. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

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    Avus , August 13, 2014 10:10 AM
    where is my virtual gym teacher?
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    apone , August 13, 2014 10:37 AM
    While this is interesting, it still shows the limitations of distance learning for certain subjects. Case in point, Chemistry requires a physical, hands-on laboratory experience along with Physics, Biology, and Earth Science. Also Foreign Language proficiency requires demonstrating speaking competency and Physical Education...well you get the idea.
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    DarkSable , August 13, 2014 11:34 AM
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    While this is interesting, it still shows the limitations of distance learning for certain subjects. Case in point, Chemistry requires a physical, hands-on laboratory experience along with Physics, Biology, and Earth Science. Also Foreign Language proficiency requires demonstrating speaking competency and Physical Education...well you get the idea.


    Well of course, but read the article more closely. They know that it's pointless to try to replace class time with online schooling... so they aren't.

    What they're doing is going after programs like Blackboard, WebCampus, and TurnItIn by trying to provide a free, all-in-one solution for managing homework and assignments so that teachers don't have to deal with multiple formats and ways of the students not turning their homework in properly.

    Wonderful idea, my only concern is that google drive is not the best when it comes to specialized formatting - doing things like formal citations might be a bit painful.
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    Steve Simons , August 13, 2014 7:13 PM
    Should work well with ipads and chromebooks. I'll hopefully get to check it out soon as the next semester starts in just a couple weeks. We are issuing an ipad to every student starting in October. Just got my district ipad today.
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