The following is a guest post I wrote for the Whooo's Reading Blog. For more on this article, follow this link to the Whooo's Reading Blog.
Digital Learning has revolutionized the way teachers do business in education. Teachers now have the ability to communicate, plan, and teach more efficiently than ever before. One advancement that has allowed this type of change is Google Classroom.
If you’ve never used Classroom, here are eight things you probably didn’t know about this powerhouse tool.
Google released a new feature today that allows users to insert videos hosted and stored in Google Drive, directly into a Google Slide. So if you create a video for use in a presentation, you can save it in Google Drive, and easily add it to your presentation in just a few short steps. You can also choose how much of the video clip is shown in the presentation, and choose from other settings as well. Also if you are in a school district that normally blocks the use of YouTube on campus, your students can utilize the option of downloading a video from YouTube, and saving it in Google Drive. Then follow the simple steps shown in the video below to insert the video from Google Drive. Just make sure that if you are using videos from YouTube, or are downloading them that you cite your source by copying and sharing the URL in your Google Slide show.
Just yesterday, Google released a new feature to Google Classroom that many teachers have been requesting for quite some time - the ability to assign work to individual students! Now if you want to differentiate work according to student teams or learning styles, you can! If you'd like more information, check out the video below to see how it works, or visit the Google Blog post here!
Notifications will also see a change, as teachers will be notified if students turn work in LATE or if they RE-SUBMIT work. Hopefully these tools will be of great help to you as you start the Spring 2017 Semester!