Google has come out with two new updates to Classroom that will make educators very happy. One is available now and the other will be available in the fall.
Scheduling for Later Posting – Google Classroom now allows the busy teacher to schedule announcements, assignments, and questions for a later date. Just look for the scheduling option when posting new items. You can find scheduled and draft posts in the “Saved posts” section of your class stream, and you’ll get email and mobile notifications when your scheduled posts go live. This is great for perhaps getting ready for the new year by scheduling things over the summer or for when you’re going to be out of school. Additional updates will also be added this next week for easier-to-read email notifications and improvements to the Classroom iOS and Android apps.
By the way, did you know that TCEA members are given access to free monthly webinars on everything Google, including Classroom, with their membership? Find out more about the Get Your Google On series and start your learning today. Want to try it out first? Here’s one recorded webinar from this year’s series on Making the Most of Google Classroom.
If you like that webinar, sign up for the new series of Google sessions here to make sure you don’t miss a one. All of the webinars are free to members. If you’re not a member, you can join with full benefits for just $49.
Keeping Parents in the Loop – In the fall, Google Classroom will allow parents and guardians to sign up to receive daily or weekly email digests of their child’s progress, upcoming work, and class announcements. Administrators will also be able to invite parents directly and set domain-wide policies for linking and notifications. This will be a great tool for keeping parents informed and engaged with their child’s learning.
If you want to learn more about the power of Google Classroom, check out our post Check Yes or No: Add Polls to Google Classroom.