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Google Announces New Mobile App, Additions to Google Classroom

Google Announces New Mobile App, Additions to Google Classroom

Google has announced the launch of a Classroom mobile app for the Android and iOS to help teachers and students connect from wherever they are.

The tech giant also launched "two new features to help teachers stay organized as they head into the second half of the year: a teacher assignments page and the ability to archive classes," according to a blog post on GoogleForEducation.Blogspot.com.

According to the blog post, with the mobile app, students and teachers can:

"Snap a photo: Right from the assignment page in the mobile app, students can snap a photo and attach it to their assignment — whether it’s the experiment they just did for a science class, or a drawing they made of their family tree. And if they’ve forgotten their homework, they can ask someone at home to snap a photo, text it and then turn it in with the app. Of course, if the dog has actually eaten it, Classroom can’t help you."

Here is a video showing the process or snapping a photo in Google Classroom:

With the mobile app, the blog post said, students and teachers can also "share from other apps."

"Students can also easily attach images, PDFs and web pages from other apps to their assignments," the post said. "For example, when you’re in a drawing app, you can create a graphic for an assignment. When you click “share” in that app, Classroom will come up as an option, and you can attach the graphic to an assignment."

Here is a video showing the process of sharing from other apps:

Another new feature with the mobile app is the process of "offline caching."

"Even when Internet access isn’t available, students and teachers can get information about their assignments in the Classroom mobile app," the blog post said. "Class streams and assignment information are automatically cached every time you open the app with an Internet connection, so that you can see them when you don’t have a connection."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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