Google Classroom vs. Hero, by Schoolmint

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Google Classroom
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
N/A
$0
per month
Hero, by Schoolmint
Score 9.7 out of 10
N/A
Hero is student behavior management software for K-12 schools and districts, from Schoolmint. Hero's goal is to enable consistent redirection of negative behavior, reinforcement of positive behavior and communication between educators, students, parents, and administrators across classrooms school and district-wide. Features include positive behavior tracking tools, referral and tardy management, school event management, behavior analytics data, etc.N/A
Pricing
Google ClassroomHero, by Schoolmint
Editions & Modules
Education Fundamentals
$0
per license/per month
Google Workspace for Education Standard
$3
per student/per year
Teaching and Learning Upgrade
$4
per license/per month
Google Workspace for Education Plus
$5
per student/per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Google ClassroomHero, by Schoolmint
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsEducation Fundamentals Version - 30-day free trial for qualifying institutions.
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Google ClassroomHero, by Schoolmint
Considered Both Products
Google Classroom

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Hero, by Schoolmint
Chose Hero, by Schoolmint
The only other program that I have used similar to Hero was Class Dojo. The thing that I loved about Class Dojo is that we were able to directly interact and converse with parents. Parents emails and cell phones were linked to the system. We were able to send out classroom …
Chose Hero, by Schoolmint
I actually know of very little software for behavior management. I used ClassDojo before but it doesn't share with the entire school.
Chose Hero, by Schoolmint
HERO is better at providing positive feedback, less communication options.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Google ClassroomHero, by Schoolmint
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Google Classroom
8.1
51 Ratings
0% above category average
Hero, by Schoolmint
-
Ratings
Course authoring8.043 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library7.934 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal8.332 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content8.037 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile friendly8.548 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications8.140 Ratings00 Ratings
Assignments9.050 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance management7.828 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning administration8.639 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics8.334 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning8.644 Ratings00 Ratings
Gamification6.75 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign On (SSO) Enabled Learning8.14 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Google ClassroomHero, by Schoolmint
Small Businesses
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Score 9.0 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Sakai
Sakai
Score 9.0 out of 10
FACTS Student Information System
FACTS Student Information System
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
D2L Brightspace
D2L Brightspace
Score 8.9 out of 10
Infinite Campus
Infinite Campus
Score 8.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
Google ClassroomHero, by Schoolmint
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(71 ratings)
9.7
(28 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.0
(3 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
3.0
(4 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
2.5
(25 ratings)
8.7
(10 ratings)
Implementation Rating
2.0
(3 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Google ClassroomHero, by Schoolmint
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
- During the pandemic, the college needs a fast and easy solution to conduct Google Classroom. The integration with Google Accounts and Google Meet allows the university to run and access the Classroom on a large scale. - The teacher wants to conduct some exams in third-party software like Moodle. But we have not found any plugin for this famous open-source learning platform. The exam system in Google Classroom is so poor that it doesn't even fully screen the test when students are writing their exams.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
Hero is a great time saver for any busy school administrator. Students are able to use technology to earn positive points and also track and manage their own discipline. It is user-friendly and adaptable to the specific needs of the school. I love writing my own tracking codes and setting the action thresholds.
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Pros
Google
  • Student-teacher communication - I love using Classroom for this because my students can always go back and check what was on Classroom by looking through the stream. This way they don't have to go dig through emails to find what they're looking for.
  • Posting to multiple classes - I can post the same announcement or assignment to multiple classes at once without having to repeat the process or send separate emails.
  • Streamlining grading - when students turn work in on Classroom, it all goes to one place and then when I'm grading I can open their documents directly from Classroom or my Drive folder. This way, I'm not looking through emails and Google Doc shared files for their assignment.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
  • Allows ALL students to earn points at the push of a button.
  • Connects with infinite Campus so student schedules and info are always accurate on the Hero site.
  • Allows teachers to create their own groups for after school programs or even small groups in their classrooms.
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Cons
Google
  • Although usually in the discussion with other LMS apps such as Schoology and Canvas, Google Classroom doesn't possess as in-depth of a platform. There is no ability to set individual learning paths, pace student work with completion settings, or embed other apps directly into teacher-created assignments.
  • The assignment creation options are limited. Teachers can only choose from creating an assignment (usually a link with directions), a material (usually a doc/slide/website, etc), a question, and a quiz.
  • With gamification taking on a new lens in education, there really isn't any way to use gamification elements with Google Classroom. There isn't any way to create Individual learning paths, or use badges and micro-credentials within Classroom. Outside programs would have to be used.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
  • Hero had the Hero Homeroom where teachers could collaborate and receive rewards but that was discontinued. I think that a similar reward system for those who are supposed to be inputting information would be helpful, where consistency for the required input is rewarded. For example: teachers were to be recording points for all their students every period every day - if they received points for completing their input & could then choose to spend those points on rewards that would help encourage participation to make it more successful overall.
  • Too hands-off in making sure that implementation is as successful as possible.
  • Too techie for non-tech savvy people.
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Likelihood to Renew
Google
Testing is particularly important in online learning, and Google Classroom falls far short of other learning management systems in this regard. Security is also a concern: while account control is reasonable for the account used with Google Classroom, the person controlling a particular account is often able to, for example, forward or download proprietary materials.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
It is a great product
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Usability
Google
This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
again. for the day to day usage, adding points is a bit of a chore but I keep doing it because the students respond
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Reliability and Availability
Google
We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
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Support Rating
Google
Since this platform is provided by Google, the technical support is better than any others, and we are not required to bother about the space constraints for adding the contents. If we have a good uninterrupted internet facility we can access Google Classroom without any delay or lag. They have app support in both Android and iPhone.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
Someone is always available. I like being able to call, chat, or email as needed. There are also a lot of tutorials and webinars provided. Hero does a good job of providing tools for onboarding new users and customers as well. It is easy to find whatever information you are looking for.
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Implementation Rating
Google
It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
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Alternatives Considered
Google
I haven't tested or evaluated another digital classroom website or application. I feel like Google Classroom is convenient for many reasons such as compatibility to Google docs, slides, etc. I also love the ability to link to YouTube and other sites. I don't know if there would be a site that is easier to maneuver.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
We used a tardy tracking system a couple years ago but it wasn't as efficient as Hero. It did not keep track of any positive behaviors. I don't remember the name of the system but I know it only focused on the negative behaviors and giving out consequences for those negative behaviors.
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Scalability
Google
It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
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Return on Investment
Google
  • Students are able to continue learning in a remote environment
  • Parents have a single, consistent organization structure to make it easy to track assignments and progress for multiple children
  • Much better solution than the quickly assembled Zoom-and-gloom of the previous spring when school abruptly went remote with no planning
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Schoolmint (Hero K12)
  • Definitely worth the money. The kids are happy, they're using the program as often as they can, and they appreciate the opportunity to be rewarded for their good behavior.
  • We've been able to sustain a store, and that's super awesome. I know we wouldn't be able to without the help of Hero and the ways in which we keep the hype.
  • I think I need more help with teacher adoption. We have a lot of initiatives at our school, so we're trying to take on a little more than we can chew at this point. We're getting there though!
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