Google Classroom as an Online Learning Platform #eci834

Overview: Google Classroom is a free online tool that provides simplicity to create, distribute, and grade assignments. This option can provide a paperless classroom and streamline the learning process to share files between teachers and students.

Production value: Simple and easy to use. You are able to provide immediately feedback in real time. Some students who are introverts, may not be open to talking with a teacher so this can open the door for those students to still get meaningful teacher feedback.

Perceived difficulty of creating this module: At first, while using any new tool it is going to pose some challenges. Last year, they changed the format for Google Classroom which caused some stress for teacher who finally figured out how to use the program, and now they had to learn the new updates. The major concern I see with using Google Classroom is accessibility. Some schools have lower access to technology which limits the ability to access Google Classroom as a paperless classroom resource.

Potential impact on student learning/value: The Tech Edvocate lists 10 benefits of Google Classroom Integration. They are as follows:

  • Accessibility – they can access Google Classroom from school and at home from a computer. Chromebook, or mobile device.

  • Exposure – provides insight into an online learning platform. Many universities are offering online classes so this can help prepare them for future educational endeavors.
  • Paperless – teachers and student don’t have to use paper to have google classroom. Teachers can upload assignments, which limits the excuse for students to say “I lost the assignment sheet”. Also, if students are away they still have access online to see what they missed
  • Time Saver – teachers and students can access thinks and message privately to provide feedback to student assignments. Parents can also see summaries which include due sates and any teacher announcement.
  • Communication – this provides easy access to email between teachers, students and parents. Immediate feedback is provided and you can post marks in real-time which students can access easily

  • Collaborate – Teachers can use the forum to create discussion between teachers and students. Students are also able to work collaboratively on documents

  • Engagement – it offers teachers the ability to differentiate assignments, link videos or webpages, and to create collaborative documents
  • Differentiation – assignments particular lessons to individual students groups of students or whole class is quick and effective to meet the needs of all learners

  • Feedback – provides meaningful real-time feedback for students
  • Data Analysis – Teachers can analyze the data from assessment to ensure students are understanding and grasping the concepts. These are easily available to export to Google Sheets.

In the reading it provides 5 critical questions to ask before implementing  media/technologies. They are as follows:

  • what is my underlying epistemological position about knowledge and teaching?
  • what are the desired learning outcomes from the teaching?
  • what teaching methods will be employed to facilitate the learning outcomes?
  • what are the unique educational characteristics of each medium/technology, and how well do these match the learning and teaching requirements?
  • what resources are available?

They are necessarily in order,but they all have important roles. I think another important part to highlight is the use of videos as an educational resource. It important because it provides you with “the ability to stop, rewind and replay video becomes crucial for skills development, as student activity usually takes place separately from the actual viewing of the video”. We can use videos to support learning by talking about the videos, not just playing a video to fill time. We must use it purposefully!

7 thoughts on “Google Classroom as an Online Learning Platform #eci834

  1. I do LOVE me some Google Classroom-ha!! I use it as a “one-stop shop” for my students to access, games in Math, videos in Science and Health and also to submit assignments in all subjects so they are in one spot for me to give feedback and then to assess. Those “5 Critical Questions” are excellent questions for any teacher to ask themselves before using technology. I think some teachers can get caught up in the idea of going “paperless” and need to think about how they are asking students to think critically and also how we are providing opportunities for students to be creative using technology.

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  2. Thanks for providing this overview. I have never used Google Classroom but want to for the purpose of creating my online course for EC&I 834. I will definitely be referring to this blog post throughout the semester to help guide me!


  3. Great overview of Google Classroom! I absolutely love this platform and have found so many advantages for using it in my classroom! The paperless option is my favorite especially because so many of my students enjoy just submitting things online. It makes it easy for them and for me! I think you do a great job of explaining the advantages. Do you find parents like getting the weekly updates or what is your method of keeping them updated?

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  4. Hey Kyla! Succinct Overview here, love it!

    Having used Google Classroom for a while, I don’t find much else to add to what you have here.
    As far as collaboration goes, it also lets teachers collaborate on assessment and supporting students.

    As an LRT, I find it a huge benefit to be able to get into what my Tier 3 student are doing in their classrooms, and being able to provide feedback without actually being physically in the classroom. An excellent tool to enrich the push-in support I value so highly.

    Well done!

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