School Technology: The Future of Classrooms
It’s important to stay up to date on the latest technological developments and use them to your benefit, whether for personal or professional use. Schools are no different, as you’ve likely seen over the past generation. With the advent of Wikipedia, Dropbox, and PowerPoint, the face of education has already been revamped more times than most of us can count. But what does the future hold? What will classrooms look like in the next 5 to 10 years? While no one can predict it accurately, it’s possible to get an idea of what school technology will look like. At Central Valley Christian Schools, we are already using Google Classroom, which has started to shape the future of education. Today, we’ll run you through everything you need to know about Google Classroom and amazing advantages it offers our students!
What is Google Classroom?
A free web service that Google developed, Google Classroom is designed for schools to streamline the assignment process and make it paperless. From creating, handing out, and grading assignments, Google Classroom’s goal is to make the entire process between educators and students as simple as possible. It was first introduced as a G Suite for Education feature in 2014; since March 2017, anyone with a personal Google account can join classes on Google Classroom.
How does it work?
Google Classroom combines applications in Google’s productivity suite and creates an innovative method to achieve a unified, paperless environment. First, teachers set up a virtual Classroom to manage and talk with students and their guardians. Getting invited into a Classroom is as simple as receiving an invite code or being transferred from the school domain. Google Drive is used to create and distribute assignments, while everyone can communicate via a class stream or Gmail. To schedule deadlines and other events, Google Classroom makes use of Google Calendar. Assignments can be submitted into different folders on each student’s Drive and then graded by the teacher. Best of all, Google Classroom isn’t limited to your computer: iOS and Android devices can be used to access information offline, share files, and even snap a picture and attach it to an assignment. Since everything is paperless and updated in real time, teachers can monitor student progress and provide instant feedback, as well as return graded work with comments.
Why is this the future?
Perhaps the biggest reason Google Classroom will help shape the future of school technology is its push towards a paperless school environment. Paper waste is an issue that deserves more attention than it’s currently getting, and by making the transition toward a paper-free system in education, leaps and bounds can be made for the future. But that isn’t the only benefit. By using a digital platform, teachers and students are brought together in a unified environment that provides much easier monitoring for the educator, who may often be involved in many other classes. This simplifies not only assignment distribution, but also communication and grading for the educator. As the size of schools increases over the upcoming years, Google Classroom will be an invaluable tool for years to come.
At Central Valley Christian School, we’ve been using Google Classroom and we strive to always have the most up to date tools possible for our staff and students. Ask us any questions if you want to learn more about the future of school technology.
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