What are the Best Features of Google Classroom?
Assignments: Educators can create learning activities (assignments) using learning content like Youtube videos, Google Form surveys, or PDFs from the Drive. They can assign learning activities (assignments) to all learners or individual learners. Educators can either immediately give out the learning activity (assignment) or schedule the learning activity (assignment) for a specific day.
Customizable Grading System: Educators can select a grading system and create grade categories. If educators want the overall grades to be accessible to learners, they can select from any of the following systems:
- Total Points Grading: Divide total points learners earn by the maximum points.
- Weighted by Category Grading: Grade categories are assigned a weight. Each grade category’s average scores are calculated and multiplied with the grade weight to give you the overall grade out of 100%.
- No Overall Grade: If the educators select not to grade the learners.
Virtual Discussions: Educators can invite learners to answer question-driven discussion. Comments on Google Docs allow a two-way discussion, as educators can give learners feedback. It is a good way to keep learners engaged, especially when you can’t see them. Educators can manage discussions by choosing to mute many individual learners from posting or commenting.
Announcements: Educators can give updates to learners through announcements. Announcements are posts with no learning activities (assignments); they’re just notices for learners about deadlines, tests, or any classwork. Educators can schedule announcements and can control replies and comments made on each announcement post.
Live Classes: One of the latest features allows educators to take a real-time class virtually through Google Meet. Educators can add up to 250 people to a Hangout call, and 1,00,000 viewers can live-stream. Meetings or lectures can be recorded so that learners who missed the live session can watch them later. Live classes are a great way for educators and learners to interact. They also allow the educator to do a quick check-in and review directions. Learners can ask questions or get some help with an assignment as well.