I love Google Classroom and see more and more teachers in our district loving it too! However, after some time, you may notice that your Google Classroom has an overabundance of assignments, announcements, etc., and students are subject to the “scroll of death”. Awhile back, Classroom responded to that complaint by adding the “Topic” feature. This feature allows teachers to organize their classroom based on topics. Teachers can create topics for each assignment, resource, etc., - students can click on a specific topic (left hand toolbar in Classroom), and anything that the teacher has filed under that topic will show in the student stream. Thus, eliminating the constant scrolling and searching that often happens when teachers find out what a great tool Google Classroom is for sharing and engaging students using Google various tools!
Another game changer is the new option to assign to “all students” or to choose individual students and/or groups of students to assign things. This allows teachers to assign extension activities to accelerated students or students who finish early, as well as, scaffold work for those who may need to go at a slower pace or just need differentiated assignments.
I am impressed with Google’s response to the feedback they receive from the consumers of their products. I highly recommend giving feedback as you see changes you think would enhance your experience (and your students) when it comes to using Google products. In Classroom, you should see a question mark in the bottom right corner of your screen. You can click on that and send feedback, ask a question, or get help at your convenience. You can check out this page to see what else is new in Google Classroom.
Secondary Technology Integration Coach for GFPS. Former high-school history and psychology teacher. Montana native, and avid user of ed-tech!