Senior Product Manager, Google Classroom
The past two years have seen a rapid rise in the use of educational tools by teachers and students everywhere – driven primarily by the need for distance learning. These tools are increasingly being used by educators and schools, even though many schools continue to use hybrid and in-person learning.
While this industry-wide shift to more hours online can be an opportunity for many, it can also be a challenge for some teachers and students, especially in places where communities rely heavily on mobile phones or because of limited internet connectivity.
Google Classroom and other Google Workspace for Education tools are designed to be used anytime, anywhere and on any device. The investments made in mobile apps have helped millions of students around the globe to continue learning remotely using their personal or shared smartphones.
With this in mind, we’ve launched three new features to improve access to Classroom in mobile-first and limited internet conditions.
Use Classroom when you’re offline
With the Classroom Android app, students can now continue to work and learn,, even when offline or when faced with spotty internet connections. Students can now download attachments to their phones for later viewing and editing.
Although the ability to submit and download assignments, or pose questions and get answers, still requires an internet connection, offline mode gives students the flexibility to take schoolwork anywhere and keep learning on the go.
Scan and upload multiple pictures with ease
Many more students today are taking and submitting photos of assignments that are easier and more ideal to complete by hand — like math or science homework.
The Classroom Android App now offers a scan function that allows students to take multiple photos and combine them into one file. You can now select and submit multiple types of files using the upload action.
These improvements will help students submit their assignments more efficiently, even if they’re in a rush to meet a deadline.
Easier grading on mobile for teachers
For teachers who are primarily using a phone, we’ve made big updates to the experience of viewing and grading assignments on the Classroom Android app.
Teachers can now seamlessly swipe between students and assignments and add grades on the app. Teachers can give feedback to students by enabling comments for individual files. This is even true if the assignment contains multiple files. Teachers can comment on files or highlight particular passages in order to provide more specific feedback and pinpoint areas of improvement for students.
The vast majority of people who are new to the internet today use phones rather than computers. We are providing teachers and students all over the world with an improved mobile experience through our new Classroom Android app features.
We are fully committed to investing in helping educators and schools spark learning and close equity gaps with more supportive, inclusive, and productive educational tools
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