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Google Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week With Google Classroom Updates

Got Google? Well, to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, there are Google Classroom updates—or “treats” as the company calls them—which were originally promised earlier this month.

“It’s teacher appreciation week here in the U.S., and for me, that means celebrating the teacher who has had absolutely the most impact on my life: Mike Zamansky. Mr Z, as he is affectionately known, has been making Computer Science cool at Stuyvesant High School for more than 20 years,” wrote Andrew Cunningham, a Google Software Engineer, “and what I learned in his classes has put me on the path I’m still on today. So from me and everyone at Classroom to Mr. Z and every other teacher who inspires their students: Thank you for doing just that.”

The note above was an ode to teachers all over during the week that celebrates educators who are responsible for the future minds of the world. This year marks one year since the initial announcement of Google Classroom and new updates were added to the mobile app that should make instructors lives easier.

Keeping track of classes as well as students performance is never easy so to make it more accessible at anytime, Google introduces Grade Assignments updates that allowed you to give feedback from mobile devices. The feedback is also private and is meant to give students “positive guidance and encouragement.

According to the Google Blog Post, other features include:

  • The ability to have multiple teachers in a class, so that teaching teams can work together. 
     
  • Prep for classes ahead of time with draft assignments and posts. 
     
  • Autosaved grades allow you to grade in batches. 
     
  • A mobile app for Android and iOS lets you access your classes anywhere, even without cellular data or a WiFi connection. 
     
  • With the teacher assignments page, you can view all of your assignments and track student progress in one place.

There are many more updates that are featured on the app as Google has taken the time to fine-tune Google Classroom. Education in the classroom doesn’t have to be solely for the students and this is one way educators can benefit from EdTech.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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