Google today unveiled more than 50 new features, including Google Classroom and Google Meet, for its educational-focused products. Google Classroom is introducing an offline mode and enhanced mobile scoring, among other new features. As a Google Workspace for Education, the US tech giant has also rebranded the current G Suite for Education. This offers one-stop access, like Google Classroom, Google Meet, and Google Drive, to goods. More than 170 million students and instructors globally rely on its suite of resources, Google said.
The approved model is supported by the Android version of Google Classroom to encourage digital learning for students. It will allow students to start their work offline, review their tasks, access Google Drive attachments, and write Google Docs assignments, all without needing an active Internet connection.
The grading system on the Android app has also been enhanced by Google to allow teachers to move between student submissions and rate work easily when viewing an assignment and exchanging feedback. Later this year, the company will also bring Classroom add-ons to allow teachers to incorporate their favorite third-party edu-tech resources and content. This would be without any extra log-ins into the interface. Teachers using Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrade will have these add-ons available.
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Google Classroom also receives originality reports in 15 languages to help teachers identify plagiarism, including Hindi, English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. Student Information System (SIS) roster synchronization and the opportunity to document student audit reports, including their deletions, will also be provided in the classroom.
In addition to Google Classroom updates, Google Meet is being updated to enable more than one teacher for each online class, with the ability to support multiple hosts. It also helps teachers to discourage students from continuing on a call after they have left it.
“This past year, the education community has inspired us with their creativity and resilience. This ability to learn, and teach, from anywhere is more important now than ever, and won’t end when the pandemic does,” said Bani Dhawan, Head of Education – South Asia, Google.
The company said in a blog post that “We will contact impacted institutions directly in the coming weeks to discuss a range of options for getting the storage they need”.