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Google Classroom

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Score 9.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a great solution for remote learning when school budgets don’t allow for more robust platform purchases, such as Blackboard. It’s free! It’s customizable, but you’ll need to get a small group of users/teachers trained up on all the nuances so they can be your Champion group and help the other teachers. Love the ability to set slides as landing pages for a fun classroom picture. Kids enjoy the autonomy they have but struggle with remembering to complete all assignments if they don’t have more direct supervision. Lots of integration with other tools like Kira to allow for writing exercises and assignment submission. It’s a great stop-gap for schools not intending to remain in a remote setting, a permanent solution for organizations with low budgets that are fully remote, but not my first choice if you have a software budget and are operating fully remote at all times.
Gabrielle Wayman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

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.
Renee DiBiasio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Learning Management

Google Classroom
8.2
Hero, by Schoolmint
Course authoring
Google Classroom
8.3
Hero, by Schoolmint
Course catalog or library
Google Classroom
7.8
Hero, by Schoolmint
Player/Portal
Google Classroom
8.7
Hero, by Schoolmint
Learning content
Google Classroom
8.3
Hero, by Schoolmint
Mobile friendly
Google Classroom
8.6
Hero, by Schoolmint
Progress tracking & certifications
Google Classroom
7.6
Hero, by Schoolmint
Assignments
Google Classroom
8.7
Hero, by Schoolmint
Compliance management
Google Classroom
7.9
Hero, by Schoolmint
Learning administration
Google Classroom
8.3
Hero, by Schoolmint
Learning reporting & analytics
Google Classroom
7.6
Hero, by Schoolmint
Social learning
Google Classroom
8.2
Hero, by Schoolmint

Pros

Google Classroom

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Google Classroom

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

  • 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.
Kathleen Hall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 1.1
Based on 3 answers
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.
H. P. Molloy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

Hero, by Schoolmint 9.1
Based on 1 answer
It is a great product
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 3.0
Based on 4 answers
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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

Hero, by Schoolmint 7.3
Based on 4 answers
again. for the day to day usage, adding points is a bit of a chore but I keep doing it because the students respond
James Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 9.0
Based on 2 answers
We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 6.8
Based on 29 answers
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.
Rahul Ajithkumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

Hero, by Schoolmint 8.7
Based on 10 answers
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.
Renee DiBiasio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 2.1
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

Hero, by Schoolmint 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Google Classroom

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.
Meredith Sanders | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

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.
LISA JOHNSON | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Google Classroom

Google Classroom 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Google Classroom

  • Student engagement is high when using Google Classroom. Students are more willing to work on projects continually when provided a digital platform.
  • Since teachers have instant access to student work, they can pinpoint weak areas for remediation, thus increasing test scores for mastery.
  • Google Classroom also saves time for teachers when used as an organizational tool as student work is all in one place with easy access.
Tamara Letter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hero, by Schoolmint

  • 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!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Google Classroom

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Google Classroom Editions & Modules

Edition
Google Workspace for Education Standard$31
Teaching and Learning Upgrade$42
Google Workspace for Education Plus$53
Education Fundamentals$04
  1. per student/per year
  2. per license/per month
  3. per student/per year
  4. per license/per month
Additional Pricing Details
Education Fundamentals Version - 30-day free trial for qualifying institutions.

Hero, by Schoolmint

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Hero, by Schoolmint Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Classroom
8.5
Hero, by Schoolmint
9.7

Likelihood to Renew

Google Classroom
1.1
Hero, by Schoolmint
9.1

Usability

Google Classroom
3.0
Hero, by Schoolmint
7.3

Reliability and Availability

Google Classroom
9.0
Hero, by Schoolmint

Performance

Google Classroom
9.0
Hero, by Schoolmint

Support Rating

Google Classroom
6.8
Hero, by Schoolmint
8.7

Implementation Rating

Google Classroom
2.1
Hero, by Schoolmint
9.1

Scalability

Google Classroom
10.0
Hero, by Schoolmint

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