Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Google Classroom = Awesome!


First post of the new year, and my new role as R & D bod, looking into cool digital solutions for the school. We have started the year with a massive push on Google Classroom, encouraging all Junior school teachers to get the students to log into their class, even if that is as far as they take things. And just to add icing to the cake, the mobile apps have been released and are brilliant too. Happy days.My own thoughts are that my website is starting to look like it could be obsolete if this carries on - there is no stopping Classroom, it is taking over the educational world one classroom at a time. My tutor class Facebook page has had its' death knell sounded already, and we have not even got through week 3 yet. I am also playing with Remind (formerly Remind 101), more of this in another post (two in a week, is this even possible??)
What has really also blown me away, I set homework as an assignment, giving the students a week to complete the task. I have received 4 pieces of work, marked and returned them already on the same day. I chose to use the grade of 1 on the posts which purely allows me to monitor which students have completed their work, and who might need chasing, but the overall interaction with students is great.
It appears that there is a lot of interest in Classroom in the school ( as well as globally ), and for the best hints and tips, as well as a cool infographic, you should check out Alice Keeler's site and blog, she really knows her stuff. There are at least 45 tips for using Google Classroom! (I must give a public big thanks to +Alice Keeler for her part in helping me get my head around some data analysis stuff too!)
So, this will be a continuing topic as I play with Classroom more and more. I'd tinkered a bit before, but boy am I having fun with it now!