The Benefits of Google Classroom Integration
Google Classroom has quickly become a major part of the educator’s psyche since its release four years ago. According to an EdWeek Market Brief, 68 percent of school districts use Google Classroom in some form or other. When looking at adoption rates, e-Literate conducted a survey indicating 20 percent of schools have fully adopted Google Classroom.
Saving Teachers Time
Educator feedback about Google Classroom usually focuses on the impact it has had in the classroom, and how it is positively influencing the way teachers teach and students learn. As technology increases its presence in the classroom, having an easy way to integrate lesson planning, assignment distribution, student feedback, calendars, and other classroom management activities has resulted in an accelerated adoption rate for the learning management system.
The Benefits of Integration
With the arrival of Google Classroom, much of the complexity of managing and delivering digital content to students has been taken off the shoulders of teachers and curriculum providers.
Common integrations with Google Classroom include the following benefits:
- Curriculum is accessed by students in Google Classroom rather than the vendor’s application. The advantage of this integration is twofold:
- Teachers and students interact with the curriculum in one familiar interface rather than having to learn and switch between a new application and Google Classroom.
- Curriculum can be easily intermixed into Google Classroom with other curriculum items allowing the teacher to create a comprehensive learning experience incorporating elements from many sources.
Deeper integrations, such as the one that Learning.com is launching in July 2018, include the above-mentioned benefits, plus these additional features:
- Grade pass back allows scores to automatically flow back into the Google Classroom gradebook.
- Single sign on authenticates teachers and students through their Google account, thereby avoiding the need to login a second time to access the content.
- Identity management allows students to access the content across multiple learning management systems and be treated as a single user instead of a separate user on each platform.
Gone are the days where only technology teachers or librarians were responsible for teaching digital literacy skills. By making curriculum accessible to teachers and students in their Google Classroom courses, teachers of any subject can easily incorporate digital literacy education into their classroom lesson plans, in the computer lab, or in a hybrid of both.
To learn more about Learning.com’s Google Classroom integration, you can read this press release and watch a quick overview video.