The tool that I have been studying is helpful for both teachers and students but more so for teachers. Google Classroom serves as a place where teachers can communicate with students about everything that is happening in the classroom. Teachers can post all the assignments there, have discussions and post links to websites that he or she wants students to visit for any particular reason. From what I have been able to see and hear from people that use it, they like this tool more than say the website the school provides just because students can turn in assignments through GC and the excuse “I lost it the paper” is gone. Another big reason why I like GC is because this also provides a source for parents to know exactly what is going on in the classroom.
To have access to Google Classroom an education based email is needed. To start you simply can type Google Classroom on the Google home page. Once you get to Classroom you will be given the option to add classes. Clicking on the plus sign on the top right corner gives you the option to either join a class or create a class. As a teacher one would click create a class and as a student one would click join a class. The cool thing is that you can create a class for all of the periods you have in order to help keep track of your students and also stay more organized. Each class that a teacher creates comes with a different code that can then be given to the students to join the classroom. As a student you have access to a calendar where all the assignments are posted to help stay more organized.
Teachers can create different types of post/assignments for students. A question can be created where students can comment, similar to a blog, or simple multiple choice questions. Students can be allowed to respond to one another if the teacher wants some sort of collaboration. Teachers can also create an assignment, whether it is a worksheet, a video or a PowerPoint they have to create. Both questions and assignments can be posted with a due date and also can be assigned to a specific topic, for example Quadratic equations or Systems of Linear Equations. Once these posts are made by the teacher than they are placed in the calendar that students have access to.
Google Classroom is very user friendly. If anyone still have more questions you can simply research to find help. I would also recommend using other resources, like Pinterest, to see what other educators are doing with this tool and you might find something that you like.
Here is a video that also helps go through the process.