We have already spoken here several times about Classroom, Google’s educational platform designed to facilitate the meeting between professions and students. Well, for the return of classes, the developers of the service have decided to add, days ago, a series of new features that are well worth knowing. For this reason, we are going to dedicate the following lines to several of the improvements of Classroom thinking about the back to school.
As we said, Google has implemented up to 50 new functions to help schools go virtual while continuing in the search for a New Normal in the context of a pandemic. With the new features already running, Classroom will be closer to becoming the virtual classroom we all want. This means, also, with more restrictions and controls to avoid interruptions, disorganization, etc.
In addition to that, we cannot lose sight of the integration of some of their solutions with those of other of Google’s star applications in recent months, Meet. Combining both, schools will have free alternatives to continue teaching children who cannot attend the establishments. This even seems to be the trend in many of the cities that tried to return to the classroom, and now they see that it is a bad idea in the face of the incessant growth in the number of reported coronavirus cases.
What’s new in Classroom thinking about going back to school?
As we explained before, there are up to 50 new tools, some that belong exclusively to Classroom, and others shared with the Meet video calling app itself or the G Suite collaboration and productivity environment.
Let’s look at some of these new features in particular, to find out more about them:
New Languages: As of one of its most recent updates, Classroom has added 10 new languages, completing a total of 54. Surely, more will appear in the future. Assignment Widget: Thanks to this feature, students will see a widget of assignments that will allow them to add things they want to complete, while teachers can see how those pending tasks are being completed Plagiarism check: the originality of the content is one of the issues that most often concern teachers. Now, Classroom allows to obtain plagiarism reports to avoid these fraudulent practices. Mobile data connectivity: an issue that was criticized a lot for this program, was the impossibility of working with mobile data. Google has taken note of this, enabling this kind of use, which acquires extraordinary relevance in sites where WiFi connectivity is not offered. Student interaction data: Google will raise information about how receptive and interactive students have been during the sessions. classes, to measure the interest generated by their opinions.
Stronger with students
Apparently, during the last months of the previous school year, the people of Google detected, together with their educational advisers, that certain students were misusing videoconferencing tools to play pranks on their superiors during classes. To avoid this, they have arranged certain modifications:
The teacher will be the first to connect to the meeting When the class ends, all students will be disconnected Teachers will be able to accept or reject access requests in bulk It will be possible to disable chat during meetings Students who have been removed from a class will not be able to return to request to join
Looking ahead to next October, it is possible that more good news will appear: collaborative whiteboards between students, background blurs, recording, raising of hands and specific rooms for small groups.
Beyond all that, Classroom continues to advance as an almost indispensable proposal in these times. One that is much closer to the virtual classroom that we dreamed of than months ago. And, as if that were not enough, applications have also been added that aim to avoid addiction to smartphones.
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