Create and Collaborate with Google Classroom!
January 03, 2019

Create and Collaborate with Google Classroom!

Tamara Letter | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Google Classroom

We use Google Classroom as an optional platform teachers can use with students. Since our secondary teachers have Schoology as a learning management system, we see more prevalent use of Google Classroom with our primary teachers (K-5). Google Classroom allows teachers to post assignments with instant access to students' work. Google Classroom is a relatively new product in the educational realm but offers additional features with each passing year.
  • Google Classroom allows you instant access to student work when using Google products such as Docs and Slides.
  • Google Classroom is easy to set up for teacher and student use.
  • Google Classroom offers several access points, either through URL website link, app, or apps launcher within Google Drive.
  • Google Classroom allows you to attach additional files, links, etc. to assignments.
  • Students can use Google Classroom to reply to other classmates' posts.
  • Google Classroom is NOT an LMS, although some schools/districts try to mold it in that fashion. It does not include robust features of an LMS.
  • Google Classroom provides a grade book, but that grade book does not sync with all district's grade book, so you will have to manually transfer any grades received.
  • It would be great to see Google Classroom offer a closed-captioned option for any uploaded videos shared on the site.
  • 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.
As a technology integrator that serves two elementary schools, I have seen Google Classroom used in grades K-5. While many teachers use the platform for a variety of tasks, the best use case I've seen is to use it for writing instruction and project creation. In writing, the teacher has instant access to students' work which allows the teacher a quicker response time for leaving comments/feedback within Google Docs which helps guide student writing during the process of writing, not just as a final product analysis. In project creation, teachers can create one template (for example a Google Slides template with a topic on each slide) and share it so that each student gets their own template to customize. From there, the teacher has instant access for comments/feedback. For younger students, Google Classroom is great for sharing links and basic content creation, but students may find it a bit more challenging to access if they have to enter district-created Google logins.

Google Classroom Feature Ratings

Course authoring
Not Rated
Course catalog or library
Not Rated
Player/Portal
Not Rated
Learning content
Not Rated
Mobile friendly
8
Progress tracking & certifications
Not Rated
Assignments
10
Compliance management
Not Rated
Learning administration
10
Learning reporting & analytics
Not Rated
Social learning
8