I have been using Google apps and products in my classroom for some time now. I waited impatiently as they unveiled Google Drive which changed how I manage my classroom. I use Google Forms to create quizzes and embed them onto my classroom website; I do the same with Google Presentations. There is an ad on script called Flubaroo that is used to grade those quizzes and email them back to the students. The Calendar that Google offers is also easily embedded onto my site, this way my kids can always look back to see what they had missed or look ahead as to when an assignment is due. I can create videos then store them on my Drive and share them with my students either directly via Drive or by embedding them on to my site. The list goes on and on of all the free things Google has to offer besides its list of growing educational apps. This is all good if your a bit on the geek side and am able to figure out how to use it. That is were Google Classroom comes into play.
Preview video found at http://www.google.com/edu/classroom/
I knew something was coming a few weeks ago as I was in a conference with some of the top figures in the Google Apps for Education division and they seemed excited as to what was coming but couldn't talk about it. A trial by invitation has been launched in the last few days; Google will select who gets to try it in BETA. The public version is slated to be released for next school year. I for one am excited and signed up for the trial and hope to be picked.
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