Back to school: Google spruces up Classroom for short and long term assignments

Weaving together Google Drive, Docs and Gmail, Classroom was designed to streamline online communications and collaborations between teachers and students.

Google is preparing its Classroom collaboration platform for back-to-school season with a handful of new features aiming to keep teachers and students more organized and productive this year.

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To keep students on task, teachers will be able to bump posts to the top of their streams.

Classroom will also be integrated farther with Google Calendar, borrowing from a similar feature in Gmail in which Classroom will automatically create an event for each class in calendar with assignment deadlines also automatically written in.

Furthermore, teachers and students will soon be able to attach Google Forms from Drive to posts and assignments, which will generate a link in Classroom for viewing answers.

Finally, for longer-term projects, teachers can create assignments that don't require due dates.

The Internet giant first introduced Classroom toward the end of the school year in 2014.

Weaving together Google Drive, Docs and Gmail, Classroom was designed to streamline online communications and collaborations between teachers and students.

The Mountain View, Calif.-headquartered company followed up with a summer break update a few months ago, consisting of a Classroom API for admins and an embeddable Classroom share button.

Released initially in developer preview mode, the API was set up to integrate third-party apps with Classroom, allowing IT admins to restrict whether teachers and students could authorize said apps to access their Classroom data.

The share button was more public by definition, launching with 20 educational content and tool providers, such as PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, Discovery Education, Duolingo and TIME Edge.