Google launches education platform called Classroom

Google has launched Classroom, a tool for teachers which aims to make IT use in the classroom and online communication streamlined and simplified. The classroom-friendly tool integrates Google Drive, Docs and Gmail in order to encourage teachers to use the services for assigning and collecting work online, as well as communicate easily with students in and outside of the classroom. In addition to collecting work electronically, Google School allows teachers to see who has and has not completed work, make announcements, and use separate Drive folders for each assignment and for each student. 

Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes. The Classroom app is part of Google’s Apps for Education lineup of products, and it uses Docs, Drive and Gmail to make assignment creation and tracking easier than when you’d do those things manually. Basically, Google has taken a process that many were already using and streamlined it to make it more useful. Google has a huge advantage over other startups trying to do the same as a result; there’s an immense built-in existing population of users to get onboard.

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