Google Classroom just keeps getting better and better and Google is definitely listening to teacher feedback. Every update to Google Classroom comes directly as a result of suggestions from educators all over the world. Google has just rolled out a new batch of fantastic updates to make Classroom an even better tool than it was already.
The biggest update, and definitely one of the most requested features, is the addition of new question and answer discussions. You can post questions to your class and allow students to have discussions by responding to each other’s answers (or not, depending on the setting you choose). For example, you could post a video and ask students to answer a question about it, or post an article and ask them to write a paragraph in response.
Now you can reuse assignments, announcements or questions from any one of your classes — or any class you co-teach, whether it’s from last year or last week. Once you choose what you’d like to copy, you’ll also be able to make changes before you post or assign it.
Also, in the next month, Classroom will automatically create a calendar for each of your classes in Google Calendar. All assignments with a due date will be automatically added to your class calendar and kept up to date. You’ll be able to view your calendar from within Classroom or on Google Calendar, where you can manually add class events like field trips or guest speakers.
In addition, there are a few more additions that teachers have been clamoring for:
- Bump a post: When you want to make sure an older item is easy for students to find, you can now move any post to the top of the stream.
- Due dates optional: For long-term projects or student-driven assignments, you’ll now have the option to create assignments that don’t have due dates.
- Attach a Google Form to a post: Many teachers have been using Google Forms as an easy way to assign a test, quiz or survey to the class. Coming in the next few weeks, teachers and students will soon be able to attach Google Forms from Drive to posts and assignments, and get a link in Classroom to easily view the answers.