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Whenever I teach a workshop, most teachers want to discover this tool: Google Classroom. I am glad they do, because to me this is one of the handiest tools out there!
Google Classroom is an online platform where you can create a classroom. You can choose to either invite your students by adding them one by one, or asking them to join by logging on with your personal classroom code. It is very easy to set up and does not require a lot of skills.
Google Classroom allows you to share material, short messages, set up homework assignments or schedule publications. Whenever you upload a homework assignment, Classroom will give you a clear overview of who handed it in at what time. If a student decides to slack and hand in half of the assignment, you are able to reject it so they have to redo their work.
Scheduling is another great feature that Google Classroom comes with. At the beginning of the week, you can upload all assignments, messages, and other material. You can choose when this material will be published, so you can just sit back and relax during the week, while you classroom is still running.
To me, Google Classroom is a great platform to communicate with students and provide them with structure. Give it a try!
- Laptop/phone/tablet/desktop (not necessary in class)
- Internet connection
- Google account
- Very easy to use
- Wonderful platform for students and teachers
- Easy way to share all kinds of material
- Great features such as scheduling and assignments
- Requires a Google account
Have you ever used Google Classroom? Please leave a comment!
Any suggestions for another ICT tool? Please let me know!
Irene van der Spoel (1996)