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Google Classroom Review

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an interesting platform in which to use in your classes. It is not toted as a learning management system (LMS) in our Free Education Technology Resources eBook, however, some researchers suggest it’s better than an LMS (http://tommullaney.com/2015/10/19/google-classroom-is-not-an-lms-its-better/).

As stated on their website, “Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates your Google Apps for Education account with all your Google Apps services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.” (https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020279?hl=en).

Going paperless would help to save school districts money from buying paper and printers which could be redirected to education technologies, not to mention possibly helping slow deforestation.

In addition, being able to distribute assignments and communicate with students electronically would allow all involved to be more mobile, even global. However, I found other than watching the tutorial videos, I was not able to access Google Classroom. I tried signing up, but I didn’t have access to a domain name, which was a requisite and was unable to sign-up

I asked Topeka High School Chinese teacher, Janie Vogel how to access it and she sent me the following:

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First she suggested I search in the chrome web store for Google classroom (She sent this photo to me via her mobile phone).

 

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Next I needed to download the app or I could access it using classroom.google.com.

However neither worked wither. I kept receiving:

 Sorry!

Classroom is only available for Google Apps for Education users at this time.

 

So this lead me to believe that because THS is currently using Chrome books and the Google network for their classes and WU doesn’t, only she would have access to it at this time.

So I reviewed using the next best thing, my wife the Topeka High Chinese teacher. She stated that Google Classroom is not a very good app and that most teachers at THS preferred Edmodo. The main reason being within Google Classroom it is difficult to collect data.

She did like the ability to post announcements and assignment, in particular the ability to attach files, audio and video links in assignments.

I love to search Google. I love their maps feature and love YouTube. I like their translator and have been using Google drive more often as well and can see its usefulness in collaboration. I’m eager to see what Google Classroom is like and wish I had access to it.

 



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