Updates To Google Classroom App Out; New Features Allow More Student-Teacher Collaboration

Things will be easier for teachers next school year as Google recently introduced several updates to its Classroom educational app.

Aside from integrating Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, the latest updates lets Classroom automatically create a Google Calendar for each of the teacher's classes, allowing them to schedule field trips, guest speakers and other events, reported Tech Crunch.

Students will also significantly benefit from these changes with Google's addition of the Q&A and discussion features to its Classroom app.

This feature works by enabling teachers to post questions and have students exchange ideas on their answers.

 "For example, you could post a video and ask students to answer a question about it, or post an article and ask them to write a paragraph in response," Google engineer Will Phan explained.

"Just like assignments, you have the choice to grade their answers." Plan added.

Another helpful update to the Google Classroom app allows teachers to reuse assignments, announcements and questions they have previously utilized in their earlier sessions.

Google believes that there's no need for teachers to "re-invent the wheel," as students will be able to easily access these reused assignments, and as a result, benefit everybody through savings in time and effort.

The updated Google Classroom app also enables lets users bump old posts up, while giving them the ability to make due dates optional.

Moreover, the application update allows integration with Google Forms for creating tests, quizzes and surveys

Since Google started released updates to its Classroom app starting May of this year, students have already submitted more than 70 million assignments.

Meanwhile, Google said that it will hold an event next week where it will announce additional updates to its products which will further benefit teachers and students, according to CIO.

The Google Classroom app is accessible on the desktop as well as on mobile apps for Android and iOS.

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