Mountain View –Google (GOOG: NASDAQ) has launched a new tool for teachers called “classroom”. Classroom is a new tool that will help teachers in several ways. Using the Chrome books or Android tablets, teachers can assign and collect homework using the Google Drive while maintaining a paperless environment. With more time in the classroom spent on teaching rather than collecting and handing out papers, Google aims to give teachers more time to educate in the school. Zack Yeskel, Product Manager of Classroom said “as a former high school math teacher, I know all too well that teachers spend a ton of valuable time doing things other than teaching—waking up early to grade quizzes, collecting and returning piles of paper assignments, and battling copy machine paper jams.”
Since Google Drive is web based, no more forgotten homework by the students or coffee stained papers from teachers will be an issue again with the Classroom program. And since everything is all on the web, content can be accessed by any computer, tablet or phone incase a device is forgotten at home. Collaboration is also an advantage for schools to use Classroom. Google Docs allows students to edit a single document in real time from multiple computers and edit to files show immediately. Google Docs will remove the need to send revised versions of documents back and forth in emails so that the first copy written will also be the final copy submitted.
Google Calendar can help students see when assignments are due in the near future or what assignments they missed while sick or away from school. Handing out worksheets, assignments and project guidelines will now be streamlined for students and teachers with the “Google for Education” program.
Although the program is still in pilot schools, if you are a teacher or school administrator you can still sign up for a preview here.