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5 Features now available on Google Classroom

Google Classroom is here to stay. It’s been widely accepted by many teachers in classrooms around the globe. So it should come as no surprise that this powerful (free!) tool has just gotten a large update packed with some of the most-requested features.

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In this update just pushed out to Google Apps For Education users, you’ll find a slew of handy new time-saving tools that will make your digital teaching and online learning time a bit more efficient. Here’s a roundup of the new additions you should know about.

New Features Just Added To Google Classroom

  1. It’s now easier to invite students with far fewer clicks to the Classroom Groups
  2. You can now mark digital assignments (homework hand-ins, etc.) as ‘done’ using a checkbox. Great for Google Drive users!
  3. Privacy and enhanced teacher settings let teachers have more granular control over the entire setup.
  4. This is a big one. You can now export all the grades earned in your Google Classroom with ease!
  5. A simple but useful update – you can sort the names of students by first AND last name now. Great time-saver you wouldn’t normally think about.

Written by Jeff Dunn

Jeff is an education and technology lover who has worked in far too many industries to count. Okay, like maybe 5 or 6. Jeff can indeed count that high but it’s not recommended. Jeff also likes to write bios in the third-person.


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  1. For #3, what are the greater teacher controls that you reference? I haven’t been able to find much that has changed since the student specific controls for commenting and posting came out a few weeks ago.

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  2. As an instructional coach, I’m waiting for the feature where co-teachers can both have access to one class.

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  3. I am hoping that there will be an opportunity to delay assignments – meaning download and be able to set the time and date students will receive them. This is a great feature on Edmodo.

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  4. I really would like to see a “notification” of new assignments turned in after I (somehow) indicate that I have graded all of them. Right now, I have to open up assignments over and over to see if a student has turned in work.

    I would prefer this on the classroom app, not in email, as the email can get quite crowded. Thanks for a great tool, though!

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  5. I would like more of the features from Doctopus e.g. the ability to group students into teams to collaborate on one document, differentiate an assignment by assigning different versions of the tasks to groups of students of different skill levels, etc.

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