Aug 25, 2016

Google Classroom: Fall 2016 Updates

Many exciting new features have arrived in Google Classroom for the start of the 2016-2017 school year!  Check out all of the details around course summaries for parents/guardians and organizing your course by topics below!

Full GAFE Blog post

Guardian Summaries

Guardian summaries: Teachers and administrators can invite guardians to sign up for email summaries to keep up with their students. Guardians can choose how often to get a summary—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time. Summaries include a student’s missing or upcoming work as well as new announcements and questions posted by teachers in the class stream.

Topics for Organization

  • Topics for stream organization: Teachers can organize the class stream by adding topics to posts. Teachers and students can filter the stream by topic. 
  • Teachers and students can preview materials attached to assignments or posts. 
  • Teachers and students can view email notifications by class using Inbox by Gmail. Important updates from recent emails are highlighted in each bundle. 
  • Teachers can add a subject when creating a class.

New mobile app features

  • Mobile annotations: Teachers and students can draw on, highlight, and write notes on documents and PDFs in the Classroom mobile app. 
  • Teachers can poll their students using multiple-choice questions and allow students to see a summary of their classmates' answers. 
  • On Apple® iOS®, teachers can post to multiple classes.

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