Google launches Classroom app

Mobile access is the latest update to Google’s free productivity suite

google-classroomGoogle Classroom users have another way to access the tool with the Jan. 14 launch of the Classroom app for both Android and iOS.

Teachers also have two new tools at their disposal–a teacher assignments page and the ability to archive classes, according to a Google for Education blog post by Jorge Lugo, a software engineer for Google Classroom.

Google Classroom launched 6 months ago, and in that time, students and teachers have turned in more than 30 million assignments–enough to stretch from New York to Los Angeles if they were paper assignments laid end-to-end, Lugo noted.

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The Classroom mobile app lets students and teachers the ability to:
1. Snap a photo and attach it to an assignment directly from the app’s assignment page
2. Share from other apps and attach images, PDFs, and web pages from other apps to the student’s assignment
3. Cache offline so that students and teachers can get information about their assignments even when they have no internet access

The teacher assignments page, available on Classroom for desktop, helps students track which assignments they’ve viewed and how many students have completed assignments.

Users also now have the ability to archive classes, which removes the class from the home page and makes it read-only. This way, teachers and class members can view the archived class, but can’t make changes or turn in assignments.

More Classroom features are due before the end of the school year.

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