Google Classroom

posted Aug 12, 2014, 6:54 AM by Rita Girardi   [ updated Aug 12, 2014, 6:58 AM ]

Starting the week of August 11, 2014 Google will make Classroom available to all Google Apps for Education users, several weeks ahead of its previously announced September release. Classroom is a new tool that lets faculty create and organize assignments, provide feedback, and communicate with students. (Watch this video for a quick overview.)

To sign up, visit classroom.google.com, indicate whether you are a teacher or student, and then create or join your first class. Note that Classroom is covered by U-M’s Google Apps for Education agreement. As such it will have the same security and privacy protections as other M+Google Core Apps.

Before you get started, there are a few important things to keep in mind about Classroom:

  • Classroom is NOT a replacement for CTools. Nor will it impact the university’s participation in the Unizin initiative and its evaluation of the Canvas learning management system.
  • U-M IT and accessibility staff have not yet tested or evaluated Classroom. While we encourage those who are interested to explore this new tool, we do NOT recommend it for course delivery at this time.
  • Classroom is still very much under development. Google will continue to innovate and add new features throughout the year, so expect the application to change often and perhaps with little or no advance notice. (Use the Send Feedback button within Classroom to contact Google directly with your suggestions.)

Classroom has not been enabled for general use in the UMICH domain yet and we don't know specifically when it will roll out. If you previously requested and received a code to test Classroom, you can now use that code. If you have questions or want to learn more, refer to the Classroom Help Center and the Classroom Product Forum. If you need additional assistance, contact the ITS Service Center.

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