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Upcoming changes to Google Classroom

posted Jun 26, 2018, 5:07 PM by ITS Website

In preparation for the upcoming school year the Google Classroom team has announced a new Classwork and People page for the students and educators on your G Suite for Education account, as well as updates to the Classroom Stream. This notice alerts you to those changes.

The new Classwork page lets educators better organize assignments and questions and improves planning. Teachers can group work into units or modules, and reorder work to match their class sequence. This helps simplify the class stream so it can be used as a conversational hub between educators and students. Teachers will be able to sign up for early access to the new features.

Actions to take:

  • Teachers who are using Google Classroom, you can now sign up for early access to the Classroom features like Classwork, People and Settings beta.
  • General Access to the new Classwork page will be available from August 2018.

Once available, the class owner will be able to opt-out of using the new Classwork page; this opt-out setting will be available for a limited period of time.

In addition to the Classwork page, the Classroom team has announced the following features also to come this Fall:

  • People Page: We’re consolidating information to help educators and students get to what they need quickly. All information about class members - students, co-teachers, guardians - now appear in the new People page.
  • Settings Page: On this page, educators can control all the settings for their classes, from updating basic class information, to controlling how students post in the stream, to resetting the class code.
  • Stream Updates: With the addition of the Classwork page, the Stream’s purpose can shift to that of a conversational hub where educators can notify their students about upcoming deadlines, post announcements and more.
  • Quiz integration: We’re making it easier to create formative assessments directly from Classroom. Teachers will be able to create a Google Forms Quiz from Classroom, and even lock the quiz for more secure and distraction-free testing on Chromebooks.