Learning management Systems
Mobile App Now Available for Google Classroom
Google is introducing a mobile app that will allow
students and administrators to access its Classroom learning management system
(LMS) anywhere and at any time. At the same time, Google is introducing
features to Classroom for desktops intended to help teachers with their
The new Classroom app, available for both iPhone and
will have several new features.
For one, students will be able to use their
take photos that can then be attached to assignments they are working
instance, they can visually document a science experiment they're
a drawing or painting they have completed for an art class assignment.
They can attach images, PDFs and Web pages from other
their assignments. If a student is using an unrelated drawing app to
graphic, when he or she clicks on "share" in that app, Classroom will
as an option and the graphic can be attached to the assignment.
Because class streams and assignment information will
automatically cached every time the app is opened with an Internet
students don't have to worry about being able to access information when
are in a location where they do not have an Internet connection.
Google representatives suggested that, for the best
anybody downloading the Classroom app should also have the apps for
Google Docs, Drive and Slides.
As for the new Classroom features for teachers, there
is a new
teacher assignments page that will give them quick access to any
track which ones have been reviewed and which students have and have not
completed the assignments.
Teachers will also now have the ability to archive
classes, offering more convenient access to information from previous
An archived class will be removed from the current home page and
read-only, meaning teachers and students can view the archived content
make changes to assignments.
The Classroom LMS, launched only six months ago, is
being used by way of desktop by 40 million teachers, students and
administrators, and students all over the world have turned in 30
assignments so far.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.