For my third twitter chat, I observed the #ctedu where the focus was on the use of Google Classrooms on Tuesday at 8pm. To be honest I was not familiar with google classrooms so I had to look up what they are. A google classroom is a blended learning platform for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. It was introduced as a feature of Google Apps for Education following its public release on August 12, 2014.
The first question that was posed asked what people like about using Google Classrooms. Some of the answers included:
• Easily share documents with students, everything is in one place
• Very simple, easy to use and keeps things organized
• There are many uses; post videos, share documents, ask questions
• It goes across all platforms; computers, ipads, chromebooks, laptops.
Most teachers agreed that it helps to enhance the learning experience for all students. The leader of the chat said one of the best things about the google classroom is that it helps your students grow, allows quieter students to have a voice. It is a good way for teachers to feed off students and learn from their growth. She said that there are so many different things teachers can use it for so it can be appropriate for teachers on any level. They also agreed that it is very easy to use and to integrate into the classroom, so you won’t spend too much time trying to learn what it is and instead be able to use it to teach.
I found two links during the chat that gave example of how teachers use google classrooms: