In decades past, educators had trouble properly implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. Sure, it would have been wonderful to offer multiple pathways of representation, expression, and engagement for each student, but there was simply not enough time in the day for it and never enough technology.
Fast forward to today. Technology advancements have made technology cheaper and more available. Chromebooks and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives have made it easier than ever for teachers to implement UDL principles in their classrooms, and students are better able to develop their own unique learning styles that work for them.
Google Classroom is one of the leaders of this educational revolution. It’s a secure, technology-rich way to make your classroom responsive and meet the specific needs of each of your students. The Google toolkit makes learning collaborative, it handles subjects like Math, Science, Reading, Writing, and Computer Science, and (hallelujah!) it drastically simplifies the creation, distribution, and grading of assignments on your end.
It’s a remarkably powerful and comprehensive suite of tools. But as every artist and craftsman will tell you, tools are only as good as the people wielding them. So our question to you: Are you really using these modular Google Classroom tools the best way you can?
You got into this profession to teach, not to navigate endless paperwork. That paperwork doesn’t simply adorn your classroom, either. As you know, it quickly overpowers the kitchen table, living room, and bedroom. Not fun.
One of Classroom’s greatest perks for educators is the way it streamlines the simple acts of passing out, collecting, and grading assignments. Through a combination of Gmail, Drive, and Docs, grading and feedback is done in real-time. That means you spend less time grading in solitude and more time actually teaching your students.
When Google Classroom launched in 2014, it was backed by feedback and insight from thousands of educators ranging from grade school to college. It was quickly discovered that paperwork headaches could be alleviated by Classroom technology, and the rest is history.