Google Classroom

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Screen shot of the Google Classroom website page

By: Abigail DesVergnes

Google has redefined “classroom,” allowing teachers to distribute and grade assignments with nary a scrap of paper.

The Internet giant released Google Classroom in the summer of 2014 as a digital learning platform for teachers and their students to complete assignments, participate in discussions, read articles, comment and post thoughts, grade, communicate with classmates…

And, the list goes on.

In many ways, it’s similar to Facebook, but with an educational twist.

Students are expected to check their “stream” — similar to a wall on Facebook — to see when upcoming assignments are due and make sure they’re turned in on time.

Attleboro High School science teacher Ms. Deanna Wells-Scott began using the program this school year, and ever since has assigned homework and classwork via Google Classroom.

Before, she would assign work in class, on paper, and pass out assignments to each student. Now, she’s gone almost completely paperless, scanning worksheets and assignments to the stream for students to complete and submit online.

“It creates less stuff to carry around,” Wells-Scott said. “The fact that it’s electronic makes it easier to grade wherever and whenever.”

With the app, she is able to grade assignments while attending her sons sporting events and even while waiting in long lines at stores.

AHS history and psychology teacher, Ms. Alexis Kobey says that the app is “extremely helpful.”

For students who are absent, Kobey uploads the work they missed in class so they can catch up on their studies at home.

“It’s great when I’m absent because if I missed something in school I can complete it right at home, that day,” AHS junor Emily Patton said.  

Kobey said he also likes that the app is something with which students are almost naturally familiar.

“They’re used to using technology to learn and collaborate,” Kobey added. “Making technology like this accessible to all students, undoubtedly helps them succeed.”

AHS senior James Scott agrees, and appreciates the digital transformation of the classroom.

“It’s a great way to teach students new and exciting material while being modern,” he said.