Just in Time Google Adds Email Summaries, Annotations, More Expeditions to Classroom

New feature for Back to School brings automatically shared summaries, annotations, new expeditions and more in Google Classroom.

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Whether students are at home or in the classroom, teachers can continue to inspire and support their curiosity with Expeditions, Classroom, Apps and Chromebooks.

Today, Google announcing new features for Back to School to help teachers inspire learning for students, regardless of place or time.

Parents and guardians can now stay informed with the new Google Classroom auto email summaries of student work with parents.

"Once invited by a teacher, parents and guardians can receive automated daily or weekly email summaries of student work and class announcements," expalined the Classroom team.

making it easier to stay up-to-date on what's happening in the classroom.

Another feature, added today bring the ability to "annotate documents in the Google Classroom mobile app."

This gives students a portable classroom whiteboard on which they can easily draw and sketch. The team noted that using annotations, "students can complete assignments, sketch out math problems or even create visuals of creative ideas directly on their devices."

In addition, annotations can be used by teachers "to quickly grade assignments by writing directly on the student's work, or highlighting the most important passages in a text or novel."

Also announced today are the new Expeditions that bring students far beyond the usual places they can travel.

Additonally, the Expeditions app will be avilable soon to iOS.

Also teachers, including those who use iPads, "will be able to share Expeditions with their students by using full-screen mode on the devices in place of a VR viewer," the team revealed.

With over 200 Expeditions available, "we're excited for them to experience these virtual field trips on more devices." the team added.

New Google Expeditions to Google Classroom

Read on to know more new tools in the Classroom:

  • Now, teachers can organize the class stream by adding topics to posts, and teachers and students can filter the stream for specific topics.
    Plus, users can now preview documents, PDFs, images and videos, all without leaving Classroom.
  • Cast for Education is now available to all teachers and students. "This free Chrome app carries video and audio across complex school networks and has built-in controls for teachers — no new hardware required," the team stated.
  • With Google Forms now getting an upgrade with images—teachers can now add images in Forms to questions or as multiple choice answers.
  • Inbox by Gmail is rolling out to Google for Education users.
    Additionally, email notifications from Classroom will be intelligently grouped in Inbox, making it easy for teachers and students to find important updates and highlights, the team stated.