The first full week of May is designated in the U.S. as Teacher Appreciation Week. It happens to be this week. And in honor of the occasion, Google has come up a handful of treats for teachers who are using its Classroom learning management system, which, not coincidentally, it introduced during Teacher Appreciation Week last year.
Available to Google Apps for Education account holders, Google Classroom is a Web and mobile suite of productivity tools, including Gmail, Drive, and Docs, that helps teachers quickly and easily keep their classes organized and improve communication with their students.
And with the newly added features to Classroom, it’s now even quicker and easier to organize assignments and provide feedback regarding them.
First and foremost, teachers can now create assignments on the go using the Google Classroom app for iOS, which was released just last January. In creating an assignment, teachers can enter a title, a description along with instructions, and a due date, and attach material including a Drive item, a link, and a photo.
Of course, teachers can also edit and delete assignments as needed.
In addition, teachers can now view, grade and return students’ completed assignments, like so:
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Teachers can also exchange comments privately with students about their work to provide constructive criticism and other helpful feedback.
Note that these new features are available to all Classroom-equipped teachers, even those who are involved in classes with multiple teachers.
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