What's new in Classroom

We add new features to Classroom frequently. This page provides a description of each new feature and a link to more information on using it in Classroom. Check this page each month to see what we added.

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December 2018

New features:

Classroom’s Gradebook beta launched! With Gradebook beta, teachers can:

  • View and edit all student grades from a new Grades page.
  • See overall grades and share them with students.
  • Create weighted grade categories for overall grade calculations​.

Gradebook beta is available on the web, Android, and iOS. Some features, like the Grades page, are available only on the web.

If you would like to participate in the beta program, you can learn how to sign up.

November 2018
New feature:
October 2018

New features:

  • To-do page restored—On the web, teachers can get an overview of student work for all classes on the To-do page. On all platforms, students can see assigned and completed work across all classes.
  • Edit class details—Teachers can edit the class description, section, subject, and room on the Settings page on all platforms

New Android features:

  • Student selector—Teachers can randomly select students in their classes.
  • Bottom tab navigation—Users can navigate between the Stream, Classwork, and People pages with a bottom navigation bar.
September 2018

New feature:

  • Materials on the Classwork page—Teachers can add materials to the Classwork page.
  • Classwork page for existing classes—Teachers can add the Classwork page to existing classes or classes they’ve previously removed the page from.
  • Easier posting on the Stream page—Teachers and students have an easier way to post in the Stream.
  • Edit the room, subject, and section during course creation and in Settings page—Teachers can edit the room, subject, and section when creating or editing a course or in the Settings page.
  • Teachers can edit the room and subject when creating or editing a course.

New iOS features:

  • Bottom tab navigation—On iOS, users can navigate between the Stream, Classwork, and People pages with a bottom navigation bar.
  • Guardians—On iOS, verified teachers can view student guardians. 

August 2018

New features:

  • New Classwork page—Teachers and students have a new Classwork page. Teachers can post assignments and questions on the page, as well as group them into modules with topics.
  • New grading tool in Classroom—Teachers have a new grading tool where they can switch between grades, student submissions, and comments while grading and save common feedback in a comment bank to use later.
  • New People page—Teachers can view class member information on the People page. Teachers can also invite and remove students, co-teachers, and guardians on the page.
  • New Settings page—Teachers can edit the class description, change the class code, manage guardian summaries, and control Stream settings on a consolidated Settings page.
  • Copy a class—Teachers can copy classwork and topics from an existing class to new class.
  • Control notifications by class—Teachers and students can turn notifications off for any class.
  • Change grades—Teachers can change grade point values when creating or editing assignments or questions.
  • See updates—Teachers and students can see updated labels (Assigned, Turned In, and Graded) for the status of a student’s work.

For more information on the new features, see Back to School 2018 FAQ.

New API features:

  • Third-party applications can programmatically receive notifications of changes to assignments and posts in a class.
April 2018

New Android features:

  • Teachers can attach files to classwork without permission to share those files. Students can add files that they don't own to posts. Classroom makes a copy of the material for sharing.
  • Teachers can invite guardians to sign up for email summaries to keep up with their students’ progress.
  • Teachers can email a list of all work by a student in a class to the student and their guardian. The list shows the status of the student’s work (for example, assigned or turned in) and grades, when work is graded.
  • Teachers and students can attach and annotate new PDF files while creating and editing a post.
March 2018

New feature:

  • Grade and return questions—Teachers can grade answers to questions and return them to students.
February 2018

New features:

  • Rename a class—On iOS, teachers can change the class name and section.
  • Email a single view of a student’s work—Teachers can now email a list of all work by a student in a class to the student and their guardian. The list shows the status of the student’s work—assigned, turned in, and grades when work is graded.
December 2017

New feature:

  • Classroom for Google Accounts managed with Family Link—Children can use Classroom with an account that is created by a parent or guardian, and managed using Family Link.
  • Classroom data export—Users can export data from Classroom classes from the Google Download your data page.
November 2017

New feature:

  • Add Drive materials you don’t have permission to share—Teachers can add files to classwork. Students can add files they don't own to posts. Classroom makes a copy of the material for sharing.
September 2017

New feature:

New API features:

August 2017

Blog post (English only)

New features:

  • See a single view of a student’s work—Teachers can now get a list of all work by a student in a class. Students can see a list of all their work for a class in one place. Teachers and students can filter the list by assignment status or grade.
  • Reorder class cards—Teachers and students can reorder their classes on the Classroom home page.
  • Decimal grades—Teachers can use decimal grades for grading.
  • Display the class code—When inviting students to a class, teachers can display the class code in full screen.
  • Transfer class ownership—Administrators and teachers can transfer ownership of classes to another teacher.
  • Use the Google bar— Users can easily switch between Classroom and other G Suite tools, and access Classroom directly from the App launcher.
June 2017

New API features:

  • Schedule coursework—Applications can schedule coursework to post at a later date/time by setting the scheduledTime field of coursework
  • View class calendar—Applications can access the calendarId of a course to build integrations with Classroom and the Google Calendar API
  • Identify verified teachers—Applications can now identify if a given user is a verified teacher
May 2017

New features:

March 2017

Blog post (English only)

New features:

February 2017

New features:

  • Notification controls—Teachers and students can specify which mobile notifications they receive.
  • Student notification—Students can receive email and mobile notifications when they have unsubmitted work that's due within 24 hours.
January 2017

New features:

New Android feature:

  • Teachers can edit the class description and add materials to the About tab.
December 2016

Guardians can receive email summaries with any email address, without creating or signing in to a Google Account.
 

November 2016

New Android features:

  • Teachers can schedule assignments, questions, or announcements to post at a later date. The post is then automatically published to the class stream at the scheduled date and time.
  • On devices with Android 7.0 Nougat, teachers and students can drag and drop materials into Classroom from another app when the two apps are open in split screen mode.
October 2016

New web and Android feature:

New Android feature:

New Apple® iOS® features:

September 2016

New web feature:

New Android features:

August 2016

Blog post (English only)

  • Guardian summaries: Teachers and administrators can invite guardians to sign up for email summaries to keep up with their students. Guardians can choose how often to get a summary—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time. Summaries include a student’s missing or upcoming work as well as new announcements and questions posted by teachers in the class stream.
  • Topics for stream organization: Teachers can organize the class stream by adding topics to posts. Teachers and students can filter the stream by topic.
  • Teachers and students can preview materials attached to assignments or posts.
  • Teachers and students can view email notifications by class using Inbox by Gmail. Important updates from recent emails are highlighted in each bundle.
  • Teachers can add a subject when creating a class.

New mobile app features:

  • Mobile annotations: Teachers and students can draw on, highlight, and write notes on documents and PDFs in the Classroom mobile app.
  • Teachers can poll their students using multiple-choice questions and allow students to see a summary of their classmates' answers.
  • On Apple® iOS®, teachers can post to multiple classes. 
July 2016

Updated mobile app features:

June 2016

Updated iOS features:

  • Teachers can invite students and co-teachers to join their classes.
  • Teachers can mute students.
  • Teachers can create or schedule assignments or questions without a due date. 
May 2016
  • Coursework in the Classroom API: Third-party applications can create assignments in the class stream, turn in work for students, and send grades back to Classroom.
  • Additional course metadata in the Classroom API: Third-party applications can view course Drive folders and course groups.
  • Teachers can schedule assignments, questions, or announcements to post at a later date. The post is then automatically published to the class stream at the scheduled date and time.

Updated Android features:

  • Users can easily share content from other mobile apps to create posts in Classroom.
  • Teachers can invite or remove students and co-teachers.
  • Teachers can mute students.

Updated iOS features:

April 2016
  • Teachers can poll their students using multiple-choice questions and allow students to see a summary of their classmates answers. 

Updated iOS features:

March 2016

Updated Android features:

  • Teachers can draft any type of post—assignment, question, and announcement—and save for posting at a later date. Teachers can attach YouTube videos and post to multiple classes.
  • On Android, teachers and students can configure notifications to immediately see any new notifications they have—a little red circle on the Classroom menu indicates that there are new notifications.
February 2016
  • Personalized upcoming work: Students only see their unfinished assignments in the upcoming work list for a class. Upcoming work is visible on a class card and in the class stream. 
December 2015

Blog post (English only)

Updated mobile app features:

  • Teachers can create short answer questions in their class streams and allow students to edit their answers as well as see and reply to classmates’ answers.
  • Google Forms: Teachers can easily attach a form to posts and open any responses.
  • On Android, teachers can reuse existing posts (announcements, assignments, and questions) from a current or previous class.
October 2015
  • Google Forms: Teachers can easily attach Google Forms to posts and open responses from Classroom. When teachers attach a form to an assignment and there is no other work, the assignment is automatically marked as done when students complete the form.
September 2015

Blog post (English only)

  • Google Calendar: Each class has a calendar, and work with a due date is automatically added to the calendar. Teachers and students can view the calendar in Classroom, or in Google Calendar on their computers and mobile devices.
  • Share to Classroom with Chrome: Students and teachers can use the Share to Classroom Chrome extension to share web content to to their classes. Teachers can use the extension to instantly push web pages to all students in a class, or create an assignment or announcement in Classroom.
August 2015

Blog post (English only)

  • Ask and answer a question: Teachers can post a short answer question to students in the class stream at any time, with options to allow students to edit their own answer, and to see and reply to classmates’ answers. Students answer the question in the class stream, and teachers have the option to grade answers.
  • Reuse a post: Teachers can reuse existing posts (announcements, assignments, questions) from a current or previous class.
  • Move a post to the top of the class stream: Teachers can change the order of posts in the class stream by moving any item to the top of the stream to give it priority.
  • Visual refresh: Classroom has a new simplified design for creating and posting assignments, announcements, and questions and for viewing assignment details. The design updates enable quick and easy access for teachers and students.
July 2015
  • Whitelisted domains: Now you can whitelist other G Suite for Education domains so students, teachers or staff in different domains can effectively work together in Drive and Classroom.
  • Mobile notifications: Students can see immediately when a teacher creates a new assignment or announcement, comments on a student’s post, or grades or returns an assignment. Teachers can see immediately when a student comments on a post or sends the teacher a private note and when the teacher is invited to teach a class.
June 2015

Blog post (English only)

  • Classroom share button: Teachers and students can share links, videos, and images from other websites or products to Classroom.
  • Classroom API: Allows administrators to provision and manage classes at scale, and lets developers integrate their applications with Classroom.
  • Set Classroom data access: Administrators can decide if users in a domain can grant access to their Classroom data to other applications.
  • Mobile notifications: In the next few weeks, mobile notifications for iOS and Android apps will allow students to immediately see when they get a new assignment or grade or a comment from another student or teacher.
May 2015

Blog post (English only)

Updated mobile app features:

April 2015

Blog post (English only)

February 2015

Blog post (English only)

January 2015

Blog post (English only)

  • Mobile app for Android and iOS: The Classroom mobile app allows students to do their work anytime and anywhere. It is designed for schools with iPads or Android tablets, schools with BYOD policies, and students' personal devices. Here are a few of the mobile-specific features available through the app:
    • Photos: Students can attach photos to assignments or posts, sharing them with the teacher or the whole class.
    • Share from other apps: Students can also easily attach images, PDFs and web pages from other apps to their assignments.
    • Offline: With offline caching students will be able to access their to do list even when they don’t have an internet connection.
  • Archive a class: At the end of the school year or a semester, you may want to archive a class to preserve the class materials, any assignments, and any postings to the class stream.
  • Assignments page for Teachers: On the Assignments page, teachers can review student work for any assignments as well as any grades or previous comments.
December 2014
  • Attach multiple Drive files: Teachers can attach multiple Drive files to an assignment.
  • Profile pic in Settings: Teachers and students can easily set their profile pictures in Classroom.
  • Teachers are editors: Teachers are added as editors to Drive files attached to student assignments, so they can see revision history and provide feedback before assignments are turned-in and after they’re returned.
October 2014

Blog post (English only)

  • +Mentions: You can +mention classmates or your teacher in comments and posts.
  • Invite students more easily with Groups: If you already have a Google Group set up for your class, you can now use that group to invite students to Classroom.
  • Mark assignments as “done”: Not all assignments require students to submit work online — like reading a chapter or conducting an experiment — so students can simply mark assignments as "done" if there's nothing to turn in.
  • Stream controls for teachers: Teachers can set permissions for whether or not their class can post or comment in the stream, mute individual students from posting or commenting, and view previously deleted items in the stream.
  • Export all grades: Teachers can download grades for all assignments for a class at once, making it easier to export assignments to a gradebook.
  • Sort by first or last name: Teachers can also choose to sort students by first or last name, depending on their needs. 
August 2014

Blog post (English only)

Classroom launch: Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student.







 
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