Six months ago, Google (for Education) launched Classroom, a way for teachers and students to work together by using services like Google Docs.Now, the idea has expanded to an official mobile application for iOS (and Android). With it, teachers and students can now stay connected, and get more done, from wherever they are. The idea behind the app is to help students and teachers get more done whenever they can, and to hopefully help each save time and energy — especially when it comes to printing papers.
The app is called Classroom, and its features a pair of big improvements that should help students out where homework is concerned. As revealed in the announcement, students will now be able to take a photo and attach it to a specific piece of homework, making it easier than ever before to show one’s work, showcase a drawing that’s due for a piece of homework, or even a science experiment that was handled at home. Better yet, the app can actually allow students to upload images, too, so if they happen to forget their homework at home it can be sent to them in a text message and then uploaded for credit.
The other feature includes the ability to share content to Classroom from other apps. As provided as an example within the announcement, a student could attach a graphic they created within a drawing app for an assignment, and attach it to the project to be sent in to the teacher.
Finally, Google has included offline caching from the Classroom app, which means that assignments and information can be ascertained even when an internet connection is not available. This works because the app will pull down information and cache it every time it’s open when an internet connection is present. Afterwards, even if a network connection isn’t available, the information will be present in the app.
Google’s Classroom app is available now for free.