I have explored it, it is a neat tool, but definitely not a full blown Learning Management System. Great for posting assignments and collecting them, and holding class discussions. One of the biggest drawbacks I see is that they don't have a way to integrate Google Forms yet, which really cuts down on what could be awesome functionality! Hopefully it will improve over the coming year and be a real contender!
Hi Julia ,
We have been able to train few teachers in using Google tools and I agree with Shannon . I also feel that it is a good tool for doing collaborative work be it discussions or power point presentations or working on the excel Sheet. it is a good tool for connecting to each other and sharing views, However the content of learning will have to be self created and shared .
Have heard a lot about Google Classroom for education, but have not got the chance to explore it. Heard some observation that it does not have strong CRM which does not make it a complete tool. Then it is also need to be explored that how well other features of Google are integrated with the classroom.
Google Docs is one of the few digital tools that has truly transformed teaching and learning. As Shannon mentions in her reply, Google Classroom is not a full fledged Learning Management System/Classroom Management System, but Google Classroom does make it easy for teachers to manage documents and foster classroom collaboration and communication. As a Google Apps account administrator, I'm finding it a bit cumbersome to grant teachers access to set up their Classrooms (See directions below). But, Classroom does make it amazingly easy to share and manage documents with students. Teachers are really going to appreciate this new addition to Google Apps!
As the Google Apps administrator for your school, you'll need to decide how teachers are given permission to create and manage classes in Classroom. When users first sign in to Classroom, they are asked to identify themselves as a teacher or a student. Everyone who identifies as a teacher is added to a Google Group, pending your review.Note:You'll need to enable Google Groups for Business for yourself in order to use this feature.
You have three choices as to who is allowed to create a class:
- Anyone in your domain
- All pending and verified teachers
- Verified teachers only
- Sign in to the Google Admin console.
- Click Google Apps > Classroom > General settings. (The Google Apps control might be in the “More Controls” menu at the bottom of the Admin console.)
- Under Teacher permissions, select who is allowed to create a class.
Alternatively, you can follow these steps to approve or reject pending teachers:
- Visit classroom.google.com/teacher-group.
- On this page, select the users you want to approve or reject using the checkboxes to the left of their names.
- Click either the Approve applicant or Reject applicant button.
Warning! Do not delete the teacher-group. You will disable the feature, and teachers will be unable to use Classroom.