Oct 22 2014

Changes to Google Classroom Give Teachers More Control

More than 40 million have access to Google’s classroom management app.

Since Google debuted Classroom this summer, its audience has grown. The company now estimates that its Apps for Education userbase amounts to 40 million educators and students worldwide.

Google announced the figure in an Oct. 14 blog post that, along with a series of new features being integrated into Classroom. The app is the latest addition to Google's Apps for Education lineup, and it was designed to help streamline communications and assignments between teachers and students.

The search engine giant regularly iterates on its products. When EdTech interviewed Classroom's product manager, Zach Yeskel, in August, he said there were still improvements to be made to the app, including permissions and additional control options.

Google detailed the latest changes to the app that allow educators to:

  • Invite students more easily
  • Mark assignments as complete
  • Control more, such as by muting individual students
  • Export data across all class assignments
  • Sort a class roster by first or last name

The improvements are based on feedback Google received from teachers and students during Classroom's first few months in action, according to the blog post.

"We hope that these updates make Classroom even more efficient and effective to use with your students," the post states.

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