For a better learning and teaching experience, Google has announced a slew of new features for its education platform.
According to Google, it didn’t set out to build a Learning Management System (LMS) when it first launched Google Classroom. However, it discovered that many educators were using Classroom as the “hub” for their online learning activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 150 million pupils, teachers, and school administrators now use the app, up from just 40 million last year. The Android edition of Classroom is having an official mode to support students with digital learning. It will allow students to begin their work without an active Internet connection, review their assignments, access attachments in G Drive, and write assignments in Google Docs. At the Learning with webcast event, it reaffirmed its commitment by announcing that the Teach from Anywhere centre, which was launched in April of last year, is now available in eight Indian languages and has supported over nine lakh people in getting started with remote teaching.
A new marketplace of Classroom “add-ons” will allow teachers to pick their favourite EdTech resources and content and assign them directly to students later this year, without needing additional log-ins, to better appeal to those who use Classroom as the hub for online learning. These add-ons will also be available for administrators to install for other teachers in their domains. In addition to the Google Classroom updates, Google Meet will be updated to support multiple hosts, allowing multiple teachers to teach each virtual class. With the addition of a ‘End meeting for all’ option, teachers will be able to prevent students from remaining on a call after they’ve left it. Educators will also be able to mute all participants at once or choose whether or not students will be able to unmute themselves. Google announced Google Workspace for Education, the next version of G Suite for Education, which gives educators and teachers even more options and power. Classroom, Meet, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and several other Google items are included in Google Workspace for Education. G Suite for Education Fundamentals, Google’s free version, will be called Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals.
Parents who are already interested with their children’s online learning in a variety of ways will be able to connect their child’s Google Workspace for Education account to their child’s personal account using Google’s parental control app, Family Link. That means kids can still access their school apps and accounts, while parents can keep them focused on learning by minimising their total mobile use and app use.