Today is the release day of Google Classroom apps for iOS and Android. The native apps are a big step in showing how serious Google is about education! The release has come just ahead of BETT so I am sure there will be lots of good practice being shared.
The app does everything you would expect from creating new classes to sharing assignments including attachements from your Google Drive.
Below is a quote from the AppStore
With the mobile app, students and teachers can view their classes and communicate with their classmates in real time. Students can open their assignments and work on them directly from their phone or tablet. Teachers can keep track of who has handed in work and review the assignment – at school or on the go.
There are many benefits of using Classroom:
Easy to set up
Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join. It takes just minutes to set up.
The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review and mark assignments quickly, all in one place.
Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive.
Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.
Affordable and secure
Like the rest of our Google Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes and is free for schools and universities.