Google Classroom is almost here!

Google Classroom will be officially released to all schools next week — August 11th, 2014. Classroom is the Google’s alternative to the VLE allowing teachers to build lessons and assign and mark student work. The new web app will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools for free.

Google ClassroomClassroom has been available in beta for a number of weeks, but this is the first time that teachers and students will be able to use the service in lessons.

If you’re on the Google Apps quick release schedule, then Classroom will automatically be available to all your users next week. If you’ve chosen to not automatically enable new Google services, you’ll need to enable Classroom in the Admin Console in order for your teachers to begin using it next week.

For those concerned about the lack of features in the current version of Classroom, Google promises that, “We’ll be continuing to innovate and add new features throughout the school year, so keep the feedback coming.”

To find out more about Classroom check out our early access preview.

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Karl is an award winning Director of IT for the Royal Grammar School Guildford, based near London, England. He has been working in education for more than ten years and founded ClassThink in 2013 to share technology best practice with other schools. In 2014 he won the NAACE Impact Award for support services in schools, and writes edtech articles for Education Executive Magazine.

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