Google Classroom – PART 5

It is great to see once again that all the feedback is being listened to and acted upon well done Google and thank you 🙂

You can see some of our earlier posts about our experiences of using Google Classroom since September:

Google Classroom Part 1

Google Classroom Part 2

Google Classroom Part 3

Google Classroom Part 4

Also here is the latest post from Google Apps for Education – full version here This has just been posted!

Invite students more easily with Groups
If you already have a Google Group set up for your class, you can now use that group to invite students to Classroom. And if your school uses tools like School Directory Sync, your Google Apps administrator can sync your school’s class rosters from your student information system (SIS) into Google Groups, helping you use these groups to set up a class in seconds.

Teachers can create classes using existing groups

Mark assignments as “done”
Not all assignments require students to submit work online — like reading a chapter or conducting an experiment — so we’ve added the ability for students to simply mark assignments as “done” if there’s nothing to turn in. We’ve also given the Assignments page a refresh, to make it easier for students to keep track of upcoming work.

Students can mark assignments as “done” if there isn’t anything to turn in

Greater teacher controls
We’re also giving teachers greater control over their class stream. Teachers can now set permissions for whether or not their class can post or comment in the stream, they can mute individual students from posting or commenting and can even view previously deleted items in the stream.

Export all grades
Teachers will now have the ability to download grades for all assignments at once, making it easier to export assignments to any gradebook.

Sort by first or last name
And now teachers can also choose to sort students by first or last name, depending on their needs.

We hope that these updates make Classroom even more efficient and effective to use with your students. We’ll be making regular updates throughout the year, so keep submitting feedback and stay tuned.

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