Google has just released a some great new additions to Google Classroom that let teachers give a personal touch to their online lessons.

Customising your Google Classroom

First up, you can now customise your Google Classroom’s theme. Until now you’ve only been able to select from a predefined range of header images for your Classroom, but now you can upload and edit your own images.

To upload an image to your Classroom header just click Upload Photo and select an image from your computer. Google Classroom then lets you crop and edit the photo to make sure you’ve got the perfect dimensions and your image looks its best. Not only that, but Classroom will automatically pick a matching colour to blend in the rest of your Classroom to your chosen photo.

Google Classroom ThemeGoogle has also added 18 new images and 30 pattern themes to the standard gallery, so even if you don’t have a suitable photo to hand you can choose one from the expanding range of default images. Classroom will even try to automatically match a relevant theme to the class title — it works well for common topics, but it might not find a perfect theme for topics like History of the Peloponnesian War or Quantum Computing 401.

Android and iOS app updates

Google has also updated the Android and iOS Google Classroom apps with some handy new features. These include:

  • Students and teachers can now view the About page in the mobile app for quick access to their class materials and resources
  • On iOS, students can now add images, videos, and any other files to assignments from other apps
  • Your favourite emoji are now available on the Android app
  • Overall changes that will increase the speed of the app’s performance, so you can get your work done even faster

Source: Google for Education Blog

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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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