Google Classroom is a blended learning platform for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.
How to Use:
- Sign in through click teacher Google Apps for Education username and click Next. Remember: Your Google Apps for Education username looks like email@example.com.
- Teachers can accept an invitation to teach a class by navigating to Classroom directly or by clicking the link in the email invitation.
- Click at the top of the page and click Create class. Enter the class name in the first text box.
- Click the class you want to add students to.
- At the top, click Students.
- Click Invite.
- Check the box next to the students you want to invite or check the Select all box to invite all the students listed.
- To see other contact lists, click My contacts.
- To see all the students in your school’s domain, click Directory. You can also search for a student by name in the search box.
- Check the box next to any additional student you want to invite.
- Click Invite Students.
Tips and Benefits:
- Easy setup—Teachers set up a class, invite students and co-teachers, and then share information—assignments, announcements, and questions—in the class stream.
- Less time and paper—The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to manage student work quickly, all in one place.
- Better organization—Students can see assignments on the Work page, in the class stream, or on the class calendar. All class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive.
- Enhanced communication—Teachers can create assignments, send announcements, and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other and interact in the class stream or by email.
- Works with apps you use—Google Forms, Calendar, Gmail, Classroom share button to share from other websites, etc.
- Affordable and secure—Like all other Google Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free.
In my opinion the use of computers in classroom is a good idea for middle schoolers through college students. I believe computer use should be limited for students that have not yet reached middle school so they are still able to learn without always relying on computers. That way the younger students can still develop their imagination and thoughts on their own without being attached to a screen all day. On the other side having younger students use computers does allow their brain more information they can learn and research about if they are interested in it.
There are many pros to allowing younger students time to be on computers, tablets, or laptops. It helps many younger kids to explore ideas of new things that interest them. The ideas the look up on the Internet may lead them to real world discoveries. In giving tablets to the students in kindergarten that allows them to develop better motor skills and help they develop better hand-eye coordination. Another pro to giving younger students computers is that those who struggle to socialize face-to-face would be able to experience and figure out how to socialize in the real world.
On the other side there are quite a few cons to giving young students computers, tablets, or laptops. Excessive use of computers can increase hyperactivity- attention difficulty- and can make it difficult to concentrate in school. Although it may lead to interesting new discoveries, it also may make the real world boring and no fun all because children would get attached to their devices. Those students who struggle in initiating face-to-face skills would be help by talking to others online but it could make it even worse, by making that student dependent on device to talk to others. It could harm their chances of making it easier because they would have only been using a device to talk.
Overall, there are many pros and cons to giving younger students computers, laptops, or tablets. I believe that there is such a thing as “how young is to young”. I think that tablets should be in limited use in the elementary schools but not give the kindergarten or preschoolers any tablets. The need to be able to grow and explore the world on their own, without the help or use of a tablet. The limitation in the elementary schools is so the children still explore the world without the device stuck to their side, or them stuck inside. Children need to learn common sense and figure it out by themselves without electronic devices.
Google Scribe is a product launched by google that provides text completion service. Using information from what you have already typed in a document, Google Scribe provides related word or phrase completion suggestions. In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use.
This addition to Google should allow for high school students that struggle to type essays, projects, or any writing piece quickly in school. This feature also helps students out with their grammar, and spelling of many words, whereas without this feature there would be many mistakes. In our high school I know that there are a few kids who have limited language skills and this program would allow them to learn, while also taking notes, or doing their homework!
Google Scribe could help students format their essays if they are confused at home and don’t want to contact their teacher for help. All students or teachers have to do is start typing and as they near the end of the sentence suggestions start to be made which teach all students and teachers correct grammar and spelling.
In conclusion, this feature would improve our grammar, spelling, and overall students would learn the correct way to type any writing piece they may have. It is a simple easy way of improving our skill set in high school and later on for college.