Google Classroom is now available to users without G Suite for Education accounts. Teachers and students in many different environments can now teach or attend classes, manage assignments and instantly collaborate—all with their personal Google accounts.
G Suite for Education administrators will see updated Classroom settings that give them new controls over who can join their classes from personal Google accounts or from other G Suite for Education domains. This update gives schools more flexibility in how they collaborate with other organizations and students: For example, student teachers or visiting students can now easily integrate into their host school or university’s Classroom set-up.
There was a time that math teachers would simply avoid the thought of using Google Docs or Forms for handouts or assessments, but that time is now in the past for sure with with the recent update to gMath – equatIO.
I was recently notified of an update to the gMath add-on for G Suite for Education. gMath was pretty awesome for the times that I needed to use it, so I was excited to see the improvements.
And, it did not disappoint.
equatIO has made creating math expressions so much more doable now for teachers in preparing work in Google Docs or Forms, but also for students to complete assessments that require math expressions.
Teachers who were using Google Classroom but taught a split-grade, or for most, have students learning at a different pace. Creating an assignment through Google Classroom didn’t really address these needs.
Until this week.
Google’s official blog announced this week that it has addressed this issue directly, allowing for teachers to offer individualized work for differentiated learning. From the blog post:
Classroom makes it a lot easier for teachers to assign work to individual students and groups based on their unique needs. As they’re creating an assignment, post or question, teachers can choose whether to share it with the entire class or just with a subset of students.
With this feature, students can also discreetly receive extra practice if they’re struggling with a new subject.
For more information related to this update, visit the official blog post:
The most exciting highlight in the most recent post would have to be the ‘File Upload‘ question type in Google Forms. Respondents within your domain can now upload files from their computer or Drive as a question response, which organizes the files neatly in a Drive folder for you!