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.
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!
Teachers and administrators can invite parents/guardians to sign up for email summaries to keep up with their students. Guardians can choose how often to get a summary—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.
Summaries include a student’s missing or upcoming work as well as new announcements and questions posted by teachers in the class stream.
Here is an update that is sure to make a lot of teachers happy for the upcoming school year.
As teachers have been moving to Google Apps, they been adopting Forms as well for assessments for, as and of learning. Allowing to have forms grade assessments in a recent update this spring was a step in the right direction and I’m sure that Google has been listening, however, not being able to tie in images to both the question as well as in the answer choices was that last missing piece of the puzzle.