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Google announces Google Classroom offline, will enable students to work on assignments with no internet

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Google Classroom, Meet Get Over 50 New Features for Students and Educators

Highlights:

  • Google Classroom is adding an improved grading system.
  • G Suite for Education is now rebranded as Google Workspace for Education.
  • Google is updating storage policy for educational institutions

Google today announced more than 50 new features to its education-focused products, including Google Classroom and Google Meet. Among other new features, Google Classroom is adding an offline mode and improved mobile grading. The US tech giant has also rebranded its existing G Suite for Education as Google Workspace for Education. This brings one-stop access to products including Google Classroom, Google Meet, and Google Drive. Google claimed that more than 170 million students and educators worldwide rely on its suite of tools.

Previously, accessing study material from Google Classroom required an active internet connection. But now, students can download the necessary material whenever they have the internet and work on it later offline. Next up, students can now select and upload multiple homework images through the Google Classroom app.

Google rolls out India-specific features to aid remote education

The Scanner capability for taking pictures and submitting written homework can now combine multiple pictures into a single file for a more streamlined process. The upload action in the app now allows for easy selection and submission of multiple different types of files in a single step. Teachers can also give feedback to students by enabling comments on individual files, even if there are multiple files in an assignment. They can comment on a file or highlight specific passages to leave more targeted feedback pinpointing improvement areas for students.

Other features added to Google Classroom include improved mobile grading and classroom add-on feature which allows direct integration of a third-party edtech tool or platform to the classroom. Google Meets too will have several features including access for multiple moderators, mute all, and end meeting for all features.

Under the new upgrade, teachers will have more control in their online classes which includes syncing roasters across sessions, improve student engagement tracking where teachers will get to know when was a student active last, or what was their last comment in the classroom, etc. For institutions, Google is introducing three new paid editions: Google Workspace for Education Standard, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and Google Workspace for Education Plus (formerly G Suite Enterprise for Education).

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