Yesterday, Google launched Classroom as an app, which is currently available for both Android and iOS. With the mobile app extension of Classroom, students are now able to take and upload photos and share, integrate and streamline content from other apps. For example, teachers and students alike could integrate class notes from Evernote or scanned documents from Genius Scan into their Classroom Framework. In addition, the new app edition now offers archiving so you are able save the content from old classes and offline caching allowing students’ access to the content even when they aren’t connected to the internet. These two features hold huge merit for authentic tech integration into a real life learning environments since today’s schools and learners still don’t have ubiquitous access to the internet. So basically in short, once again Google absolutely nails it.
In celebration of this development I have another article up on the Yellin Center Blog which highlights the efficacy of the entire Google Classroom for managing a paperless, 21st century learning environment. You can find the article here.