Yesterday brought down some more updates to Google Classroom, which I thought I would take the time to make you aware of just in case you haven't seen them.
- Supposedly it's easier to invite students. Given that I am a big fan of using the class code instead, I'm not sure how noticeable this change really is. In fact, I couldn't tell at all. But you can judge that for yourself. It looks as if it is most noticeable for districts that set up groups of students (such as a group of all seniors, juniors, etc.) and it therefore doesn't have much effect for us since we don't utilize groups with students.
- On the student's side, they can now mark an assignment as "Done" even if there is nothing attached to it. I could see using this method if your students had to complete the assignment by filling in a Google Form through a link on the assignment. In the past, they've had to create a document to turn in for it to show as being turned in, which meant extra documents for no useful reason. So this is a nice feature to have that is easy to overlook.
- This one appears to be a past "new" feature that I've already mentioned on my blog before. Basically, you now have the ability to turn on/off comment, posting, etc. for each student individually or for the class as a whole. Click here to read my past post about it.
- For those of you who are new to the online learning environments or just want to be sure you backup your grades at the end of a class, the new ability to download ALL grades to a spreadsheet will be a welcome addition. You can find it my clicking on the download button when looking at the grades for any assignment.
- This is a simple one, but still very handy! Now you can sort your students by first or last name to match whatever method works best for you.