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Monday, August 24, 2015

Finally! Calendar comes to Classroom... and More!

Our teachers have been loving Google Classroom but one of the things we keep asking for is integrating Google Calendar into the platform. Wouldn't it be great if assignments automatically were added to our students' calendars? Well, the team once again has heard our prayers - Calendar integration is coming to Classroom! Hoooray!!!

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In this update, other fun features will be released, such as:
  • Reusing posts - Created a great assignment? Now you can reuse it later instead of making it again!
  • Question-based assignments - Assign questions and track who responds to the discussion!
  • Bumping posts - I'm actually most excited about this one. One concern I had with using Google Classroom is that when I post something, it gets pushed down to the bottom of the stream by other content. Now we can move a post to the top of the stream so that our students can easily find it! YESSSSS!
  • Due Dates Optional - Rolling assignments with open turn in times are no longer beholden to required due dates in Classroom.
  • Attach a Google Form - We've all been adding Google Forms via links but soon you can actually insert the form into a stream as an assignment!
For more info, GIFs and images of the new features, check out the Classroom release blog here!


  1. Google Classroom just keeps getting better and better. Can anyone tell us where the best place to submit ideas for new features might be? The more you use it the more little things pop up that you'd want to see possibly changed.

  2. It seems we lost our ability to sort assignments by students last name. Am I missing something?

  3. Do you like Classroom more than Schoology? Just was curious.

    1. They are very different. Classroom isn't a full LMS yet so right now we use them together :).

  4. I have so much to learn. I just started using the Google Apps and I am loving them!! Does anyone have a good link for quick tips or ideas of ways to use the different apps? Them more and more I learn, the more I wish I would have starting using Goggle apps earlier. Thanks for the link to the classroom release information.

  5. At the beginning of the school year we were directed to create a school Google account in order to schedule our parent/teacher conferences. We were also told that over the next year or so our district would be using those accounts instead of the ones we have been using for the past 14+ years. I understand (a little bit) why we are switching over, because I have seen what you can do. I have to admit, I'm a little nervous, because it is new to me, but I hear this is where everyone is going in terms of technology. What kind of advice can you give me regarding Google Apps? Is it really as easy as what people are saying?

    1. Absolutely! It's incredibly intuitive and built in an open and flexible way. The best thing to do is to try it out and give yourself room and time to explore. And if all else fails, look for YouTube tutorials - there are many helpful walkthroughs created by educators to help you get started :)!