Google has listened to teachers’ feedback yet again. Since Classroom’s Beta rollout last summer, Google has continued to ask teachers what WE want, what would make their product better. We spoke, and they responded…again.
Today Google announced a few improvements based on OUR feedback.
1. Groups Integration
If you use Google Groups, you can now pre-populate classes with this newest iteration.
2. View Deleted Items
It’s a simple on/off toggle switch.
3. Control Class Commenting Feature
When in ‘Students’, you choose whether students can post, comment, or if the teacher is the only one with those rights. This feature will hold true for ALL students in the class. If you would like to control the ability for individuals to post/comment see below (number 4).
4. Mute Individual Students
Every now and then a student tests the waters, and drowns. You now have the option to Mute those individuals. Muted students will not be able to post or comment in the Classroom.
5. Sort Students
Some teachers prefer to sort by last name, while others prefer first name. Google has given teachers the freedom to sort as we please.
6. Downloading Grades
The ability to download ALL assignment grades at once (to CSV file) makes it easier to upload those grades into whatever grading program you or your district are using.
7. Students Can Mark Assignments as ‘Done’
Recently I had my students working on a Presentation in groups. I posted the assignment, but only the owner of the Presentation needed (or had the rights) to ‘Turn In’ the assignment. This left 40 ‘Not Done’ assignments – which looked messy and inaccurate. Now those students can go into their Classroom, and mark the assignments as ‘Done’.
This feature is handy when assigning reading, viewing a video, or other tasks where nothing needs to be handed in.
Student View in their ‘Stream‘. It has marked the assignment as ‘Late’.
The student needs to ‘Open’ the assignment and ‘Mark As Done’.
A pop-out window will appear asking if the student is sure this is the desired action. Notice the student can add a private message to the teacher.
In their ‘My Assignments’ View the student has the option to ‘Unsubmit’. The completion of the assignment is noted in the right corner. It will also be reflected in their ‘Stream’ View.