While many 8th grade teachers are using iTunes U, Google Drive and apps to organize their classrooms and enable students to share their work via their iPads, the science team (Greg Stott and Cliff Harriman) recently launched virtual classrooms using Google Classroom.
Google added the Classroom product recently to allow teachers to organize an online version of their classes that allows them to not only post assignments and announcements, but also to provide feedback and collect student work electronically.
While Classroom helps students stay organized with assignment details, due dates and especially, by linking their work directly to assignments, it also offers them a way to extend collaboration inside and outside the classroom.
Of course, students share and comment all the time as part of class and small group discussions, but having a real-time, virtual classroom space allows students and teachers to expand this idea and incorporate online resources, videos and pictures.
For example, students often take video or photos with their iPads as they perform lab experiments. Sometimes, they capture a ‘science moment’ that they would like to share with the class. Now, with Classroom, any student can post an announcement to the class and attach a photo or video. Other students can comment and build on the post with related observations.
Below is an example of a student (Elizabeth Napier) post to Classroom that includes a slow-motion video. Click here to watch the 30 second video.