Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Long awaited Classroom updates - scheduled posts and parent notifications

Google announced two updates for Google Classroom - scheduled posts and parent notifications!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am to hear this news confirmed on Google's blog today.  This past year, we were given the ability to save posts as a draft for later use.  Starting today, Google Classroom will feature the ability to schedule posts for a later date so that you could theoretically set up the week's assignments to open automatically or even an entire unit.  This is also nice for teachers that plan the day before and don't want to try to remember to open a draft and make it live right when class starts especially if it is a link to a quiz, review materials, etc. 

There will also be a few additional features released this week for Classroom, so keep your eyes open for more news.   

Preview the animation below from Google for scheduled posts: 

The second announcement was hinted about in the fall by the Google staff at a workshop
and it has finally been officially announced for the public:  parent notifications

It has been a common dilemma for both teachers and parents because the parents cannot access google classroom to see their child's work unless they use their child's login information.  Google has heard our pleas.  This fall, they will release parent notifications including email digests and upcoming class announcements.  Domain administrators will also be able to automatically link parents to the accounts.  Look for more information sometime this summer for this great addition to Google Classroom.

Stay up to date with Google's latest announcement by following their blog.