E-Learning teachers have access to features that are not

E-Learning system is increasingly
becoming an integral part of the strategy for delivering information in
teaching & learning process especially for academic institutions. The
Google search engine has number of modules for the benefits of its users. This
Learning Management System facilitates interactive learning to take place at
any time, any place the learner desires. It is a tool for teachers &
student’s collaborative learning. This study deals with how does this digital
facility, the Google classroom, acts as a platform between teaching faculty and
the student community at Vellalar College for Women, Erode. It promotes the
communication such as class notes, seminar, assignment between faculty and
student. It provides opportunities to connect the people without any time
barrier. Google Classroom is a free
collaboration tool for teachers and students. Here, the study talks
through about the benefits and usage of Google classroom among the library and
information science students of Vellalar College for Women (Autonomous).

Keywords:
Google classroom, Vellalar College for Women, Library Science, Learning &
Teaching.

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INTRODUCTION

                Google
classroom functions as a learning management system towards the paperless
world. This technology is helpful for the teaching learning community of
academic institutions. It provides opportunities to
connect the people without any time barrier. Google Classroom is a free collaboration
tool for teachers and students. Teachers can create an online classroom and
invite students to the class, and then create and distribute assignments, notes
etc. Within the Google Classroom students and teachers can have conversations
about the assignments and the teachers can track the student’s progress and can
also evaluate the students performance by awarding credits. Under
the Google Classroom app, students and teachers have access to features that
are not found in personal Google accounts. For example, in Forms, teachers can
add images, descriptive questions, multiple choice questions etc. The Gmail
Inbox has these messages grouped in Inbox, which is easier for teachers and
students to find important updates and highlights. Also, the Classroom tool
lets teachers organize the class stream by adding topics to posts, and teachers
and students can filter the stream for specific topics. Students can be invited
to classes through the
institution’s database, through a private code, or be automatically imported
from a school domain.

GOOGLE
CLASSROOM

            Google Classroom is a learning management system developed by Google for schools that aim to
simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. It
was introduced as a feature of G Suite for Education on May 6, 2014, followed
by its public release on August 12, 2014. Google has already made a large impact on
education with its Google Apps for Education (GAFE), which
includes Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, Google Calendars, and a diverse
array of other apps easily utilized by schools. Now Google is introducing
Google Classroom, a technology in
the classroom app designed to provide a single dashboard to unify
instructors’ use of other Google apps. Google classroom is a free collaboration
tool for teachers and students. Teachers can create online classroom invites
students to the class then create and distribute the assignments and track the student’s
progress. Classroom makes it easy for teachers and students to connect inside
and outside of the campus. Google Classroom’s purpose is to facilitate
paperless communication between teachers and students and streamline
educational workflow. Classroom allows teachers to create classes, post
assignments, organize folders, and view work in real-time. One of the best
features is that Classroom is fully integrated with all other Google apps, so
students and teachers can share information with one another instantaneously
instead of having to hop through various hurdles to submit work.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

            1.
Shampa Iftakhar (2016), In his study “GOOGLE
CLASSROOM: WHAT WORKS AND HOW?”, the researcher suggested that a virtual
classroom is an online classroom that allows participants to communicate with
one another, view presentations or videos, interact with other participants,
and engage with resources in work groups. The very recent addition to virtual c3lassroom
is Google Classroom. Google has announced Classroom in May 2014 as a new tool
in Google Apps for Education. More than 30 teachers of Daffodil International
University have started using Google classroom from September 2014. The purpose
of this study is to report the overall view of Google classroom adopted in the
different classes. This paper presents brief features of Google Classroom.
Roger’s theory of diffusion of innovation has been used a theoretical frame
work for this paper. In addition, some adoption factors (such as
organizational, social, personal and technological) have been reassessed for
the research purpose. The research questions are a) What factors influence
teacher to use Google Classroom? b) How does teacher use Google Classroom in
their teaching? c) What are the barriers to use Google Classroom? D) What are
students’ responses to the Google Classroom? The analysis of the results of the
questionnaire indicate that this study can be effective in understanding and
evaluating teachers’ and learners’ perceptive to ensure quality teaching and
learning through Google classroom. This study also presents some new evidence
on the potential of Google classrooms in teaching. Finally, some suggestions
regarding the expectations of the learners were also provided for the teachers
of the different disciplines who wish to use Google Classroom.

2. Kathleen M. DiCicco (2016): “The effects of Google
Classroom on teaching social studies for students with learning disabilities”: The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of Google
Classroom on teaching social studies for student with learning disabilities.
Six 7th graders with learning disabilities, attending a resource classroom
participated in the study. A single subject design with ABC phases was used to evaluate
their learning outcomes in both areas of knowledge of content and vocabulary
words. During the baseline, students were taught with the traditional way of
using textbooks. During the intervention, students were required to complete
various assignments using Google Classroom daily for 9 weeks and were assessed
by unit tests and vocabulary quizzes using the Google Classroom. A survey was
given to the students and teachers to evaluate their perspectives about the
integration of Google Classroom into social studies instruction. The results
showed that all students increased their vocabulary quiz scores PREVIEW but
limited in their content knowledge.

OBJECTIVES

·        
Streamline educational workflow
between students and teachers.

·        
 It moves the teachers and students towards the
paperless way.

·        
Transform our classroom with
virtual classroom.

·        
Seamless communication to make
teaching more productive and meaningful.

·        
It is easy for students and
teachers to connect inside and outside of schools.

·        
Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it
easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay
organized.

 

FEATURES

            Key
features of Google Classroom

§  Set Classroom themes with school
colours or logo.

§  Reuse assignments, tests or other
course content in future classes.

§  Add content to assignments such as
video, PDFs, Google Docs or Google Forms survey.

§  Share videos, links or images from
other websites with students.

§  View assignments, announcements and
other resources on a class resource page.

§  Draft assignments or announcements
and schedule them to post on a later date.

§  Use Google Calendar to track
assignment due dates.

§  Export grades to Google Sheets or a
.CSV file.

§  Set permissions on whether students
can make posts or comments (or mute individual students).

§  Set permissions on which teachers
can create and manage classrooms, or which schools within a district can use
Google Classroom.

New features 

            Each
month, Google provides updates on new releases in Google Classroom. Here are a few
new features released in early 2017:

§  Third-party developers can create
questions and add materials to coursework

§  Administrators can access Google
Classroom usage data for reporting purposes

§  Teachers can send assignments and
announcements to individual students

§  Teachers get email and mobile
notifications when students haven’t submitted assignments by the due date

§  Students get email and mobile
notifications of work that’s due within 24 hours

§  Both teachers and students can
customize which notifications they want to receive

WHAT’S NEW IN CLASSROOM

            We add new features
to Classroom frequently. This page provides a description of each new feature
and a link to more information on using it in Classroom. Check this page each
month to see what we’ve added. To get the latest updates on Classroom, follow
Google for Education on Google
+ (or) Twitter and
subscribe to the Google for Education blog.

 

 

Google classroom introduced new features in August
2014

Classroom launch: Classroom is designed to help
teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving
features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for
each student.

Google classroom introduced new features in October
2014

Mentions: We
can mention classmates or your teacher in comments and posts.
Invite
students more easily with Groups: If
you already have a Google Group set up for your class, you can now use
that group to invite students to Classroom.
Mark
assignments as “done”: Not
all assignments require students to submit work online like reading a
chapter or conducting an experiment so students can simply mark
assignments as “done” if there’s nothing to turn in.
Stream
controls for teachers: Teachers
can set permissions for whether or not their class can post or comment in
the stream, mute individual students from posting or commenting, and view
previously deleted items in the stream.
Export
all grades: Teachers can
download grades for all assignments for a class at once, making it easier
to export assignments to a grade book.
Sort
by first or last name:
Teachers can also choose to sort students by first or last name, depending
on their needs. 

Google classroom introduced a new feature in
December 2014

Attach
multiple Drive files: Teachers
can attach multiple Drive files to an assignment.
Profile
pic in Settings: Teachers
and students can easily set their profile pictures in Classroom.
Teachers
are editors:
Teachers are added as editors to
Drive files attached to student assignments, so they can see revision
history and provide feedback before assignments are turned-in and after
they’re returned.

 Google classroom
introduced a new feature in January 2015

Mobile
app for Android and iOS:
The Classroom mobile app allows students to do their work anytime and
anywhere. It is designed for schools with iPads or Android tablets,
schools with BYOD policies, and students’ personal devices. Here are a few
of the mobile-specific features available through the app:

Photos:
Students can attach photos to assignments or posts, sharing them with the
teacher or the whole class.
Share from other apps:
Students can also easily attach images, PDFs and web pages from other
apps to their assignments.
Offline:
With offline caching students will be able to access their to do list
even when they don’t have an internet connection.

Archive
a class:
At the end of the school year or a
semester, you may want to archive a class to preserve the class materials,
any assignments, and any postings to the class stream.
Assignments
page for Teachers:
On the Assignments page, teachers can review student work for any
assignments as well as any grades or previous comments.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in April
2015

Support for multiple teachers:
Teachers can invite other teachers to join their classes.
Draft posts and assignments:
Teachers can save their work on an announcement or assignment and
post it later once it is ready to go.
Draft grades:
Teachers can save grades for an assignment and
return the graded assignments to their students later.
Email notifications: Teachers and students can
receive email notifications when someone creates a private comment for
them.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in May 2015

Updated mobile app features:

Teachers
can create assignments.
Teachers
can review student work and provide grades.
Additional teachers can
view and take action in their classes.

 

 

Google classroom introduced a new feature in August
2015

Ask and answer
a question:
Teachers can post a short answer question to students in the class stream
at any time, with options to allow students to edit their own answer, and
to see and reply to classmates’ answers. Students answer the question in
the class stream, and teachers have the option to grade answers.
Reuse
a post:
Teachers can reuse existing posts
(announcements, assignments, questions) from a current or previous class.
Move
a post to the top of the class stream:
Teachers can change the order of posts in the class stream by moving any
item to the top of the stream to give it priority.

·        
Visual
refresh: Classroom has a new simplified design
for creating and posting assignments, announcements, and questions and for
viewing assignment details. The design updates enable quick and easy access for
teachers and students.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in
September 2015

Google
Calendar:
Each class has a calendar, and work
with a due date is automatically added to the calendar. Teachers and
students can view the calendar in Classroom or in Google Calendar on their
computers and mobile devices.
Share
to Classroom with Chrome: Students and teachers can
use the Share to Classroom Chrome extension to share web content to their
classes. Teachers can use the extension to instantly push web pages to all
students in a class, or create an assignment or announcement in Classroom.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in October
2015

Google
Forms:
Teachers can easily attach Google Forms to posts and open responses
from Classroom. When teachers attach a form to an assignment and there is
no other work, the assignment is automatically marked as done when
students complete the form.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in
February 2016

Personalized upcoming work:
Students only see their unfinished assignments in the upcoming work list for a
class. Upcoming work is visible on a class card and in the class stream.

 

Google classroom introduced a new feature in April
2016

Teachers can draft any type
of post: assignment, question,
and announcement
and save for posting at a later date. 
Teachers
can reuse existing posts
assignments, questions, and announcements from a current or previous
class.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in June
2016

Teachers
can invite students and co-teachers to join their classes.
Teachers
can mute students.
Teachers
can create or schedule assignments or questions without
a due date. 

Google classroom introduced a new feature in
September 2016

Teachers
can rename, archive, and delete classes.
Students
can create a new blank PDF file, write notes or draw images on it,
and save it as an attachment to their assignment.
Teachers
can view the history of changes to a student’s grades in
submission history.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in January
2017

Individual
assignments:
Teachers can post work and
announcements to individual students in a class.
New
teacher notifications:
Teachers receive email and mobile notifications when a student submits
late work or resubmits work.
Classroom
user metrics: Administrators
can view Classroom usage reports in the Admin console.
Coursework
improvements for third-party developers: Third-party
applications can programmatically create questions, modify coursework, and
add materials to coursework.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in
February 2017

Notification controls: Teachers and students can
specify which mobile notifications they receive.
Student
notification:
Students can receive email and
mobile notifications when they have unsubmitted work that’s due within 24
hours.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in March
2017

Classroom
available for personal Google Accounts:
Homeschoolers, tutoring programs, lifelong learners, and others who aren’t
associated with a school can now use Classroom with a personal Google
Account.
Invite students by email: Teachers
can invite students and co-teachers by
email to join a class.

Google classroom introduced a new feature in August
2017

See a single view of a student’s
work: Teachers can
now get a list of all work by a student in a class. Students can
see a list of all their work for a class in one place. Teachers and
students can filter the list by assignment status or grade.
Reorder class cards: Teachers
and students can reorder their classes on
the Classroom home page.
Decimal grades:
Teachers can use decimal grades for
grading.
Display the class code: When
inviting students to a class, teachers can display the
class code in full screen.
Transfer class ownership:
Administrators and teachers can
transfer ownership of classes to another teacher.
Use the Google
bar:
Users can easily switch between Classroom and other G Suite tools, and
access Classroom directly from the App launcher.

Google classroom
introduced a new feature in november 2017

Add Drive materials you don’t have
permission to share: Teachers can
add files to class work. Students can
add files they don’t own to posts. Classroom makes a copy of the material
for sharing.

 

 

Google introduced a new
feature in December 2017

Classroom for Google Accounts
managed with Family Link: Children
can use Classroom with an account that is created by a parent or guardian,
and managed using Family
Link.
Classroom data export:
Users can export data from Classroom classes from the Google Download your data page.