Need a comfortable platform to have your online classes? Have you tried Gmail classroom a free learning platform developed by Google majorly for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments? If not, you should try it out today. Gmail classroom is a free platform for learning where teachers/instructors and students can communicate and have online lectures. In other words, it enables you to have a secure learning tool that helps educators manage, measure, and enrich learning experiences. But to use this platform, you have to ensure you have a Gmail account as it is very important to either create a class or join a classroom on Gmail classroom.
Gmail classroom making it more comfortable for you to use integrated other Google services in it which includes; Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Gmail, and also Google calendar for keeping records of dates and making classes schedules. However, as a teacher, you can monitor each student’s progress by reviewing a revision history of a Document after being marked or graded. Also, to monitor a student’s progress, you have to first add that student to the platform with either the unique invitation code or automatically imported from the school domain.
More About Gmail Classroom
Gmail classroom was announced on May 6, 2014, but was launched publicly on August 12, 2014. Meanwhile, in 2015, it was announced again as a classroom API and a share icon for websites which enables school admin and developers to engage further with Gmail classrooms. Also, still in that year, Gmail Google classroom added Google calendar to keep dates and set reminders of assignments due dates, field trips, and a lot more important events to keep dates of.
Then, before a user can create a class or join, the user must have a Google G Suite for Education account. But in 2017, Google made it easier for any personal Google user to join classes without the need for a G Suite account. Still developing, Google finally made it possible for any user of its user to join Gmail classroom to either teach or join a class. In 2020, google meet was added to enable teachers/instructors to have a meet link within each class.
Gmail Google Classroom App
The mobile app which is also known as the Google classroom app is a special mobile application created especially for mobile device users for very much easier access to Gmail classroom. The mobile app enables you to do what the website also enables you to do. Which majorly is to connect with your classes and do assignments on the go. Although, presently there is no app for desktop and pc devices. But do not be discouraged as it has a website that can be accessed through the use of your web browser which is also free. Do you want to use the Gmail google classroom app? Follow these steps below to install the app on your device;
- Open your Google Play or App store
- Locate the Gmail Google classroom app
- Tap on the app from the results
- Click on the install or get button to begin download.
After the download is complete, you can now start accessing the app. However, there are two major things you can use the app/the website to do. They include; joining an ongoing class or creating a class for a group of people. If because you are new to Gmail classroom and you are probably finding it difficult to use both platforms, keep reading through to discover easy and quick steps on how to use it.
Create A Class
This duty is mainly for a teacher, tutor, or instructor to create a classroom to have a comfortable platform in educating students. However, considering the Covid 19 pandemic whereby social gatherings were limited, teachers were still able to hold classes using Gmail classrooms. For new users, there are simple steps by which you can create a class. They are;
- Visit the Gmail classroom website
- Click on the Go to classroom button
- Enter your Gmail account details
- Tap on the continue button
- Tap on the plus icon
- Click on create class
- Agree to the terms and conditions and click on the continue button
- Enter the class details which includes; class name, section, subjects and room
- Tap on the create button to create class.
After creating the class, you can now add students to the class either by invitation code, links, or with the use of their email addresses to send them an invitation link. You can also host another subject class on Gmail classroom by still following these same steps. Also, the steps apply not only to the website but also to the mobile app.
How To Join A Class
For a student to learn on the platform, you have to attend a class by simply joining the class. There are different ways by which a student can join a class on the platform. They are; by invitation links and class codes. As a student, if you are already an existing user of the platform, you can agree with me that joining a classroom on the platform isn’t challenging. But for new users, it might appear to be challenging as they might have not yet know their way around the Google classroom. However, here are the steps below on how to join a classroom.
- Visit the Gmail Google classroom website
- Tap on the Go to classroom button
- Click on the plus icon
- Tap on the join class button
- Enter the invitation code sent by your teacher.
- Click on join to proceed into the class.
You can also attend a class by email invitation. You will be notified when your teacher or instructor sends you an invitation link via your email. All you just have to do is click on the link and follow the necessary instructions given to you. In addition, there is no special sign-up for the Google mail classroom. Therefore, you must have a Gmail account to use Gmail classroom.