September 1, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 15)
Strong Points: Can access or create courses, easy to navigate
Weak Points: G Suite for Education account required for school use
As described by the app itself, Google Classroom “helps classes communicate, save time, and stay organized.” To begin, app users sign in with their Google account. From there, students can join a particular class by entering a class code given by their instructor, and instructors (or anyone looking to get organized with their team) can create a class. Of note, when going to create a class, users are prompted with a message stating that if Google Classroom is being used at “a school with students” (as opposed to a school without students?), the school must sign up for a free G Suite for Education account. Once a course has been created, instructors can begin a conversation with their students via the “stream” screen, view a list of students (and the class code) on the “students” screen, and access a course calendar and content folders (imported from Google Calendar and Google Drive, respectively).