Google becomes a major player in the education game

The days of scribbled assignments dates in planners and forgetten tests are gone, thanks to the school’s adoption to Google Apps for Education—GAFE.

Apps, email, and Classroom made their grand introduction to students on Aug. 20 after two teacher adoption trainings in May and August.

Google Classroom is an assignment portal, geared towards chat, debates, links, and assignment submissions, employing Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Teachers post assignments, reminders for upcoming tests and quizzes, and encouraging open discussions for students to collaborate through the app. Teachers Jon-Paul Ewing, Marcy Goodnow, Jeff Mount, Anthony Overton, and John Rucker are among those using Classroom.

“Students need a level of comfort with online formats. Classroom is one example of the movement,” Overton said.

Classroom builds productivity and organization skills helpful in the professional world, according to the literature.

“Regardless of how much technology we apply at school… people will always need to…apply mental and physical energy in order to accomplish worthwhile achievements,” Advanced Video teacher John Rucker said.

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