Introduction to Google Classroom

With the recent announcement of Google Classroom, school districts and educators across the country that are currently integrating Google Apps for Education into their classrooms are awaiting the opportunity to gain access to Google’s workflow solution. While there are currently a number of workflow solutions and approaches within Google Drive that classroom teachers can take that range from manual organization and file / folder sharingto advanced automation with tools such as Doctopus, Google Classroom provides a viable option that strikes a balance – blending tight integration with Google Drive, an intuitive interface and advanced features that experienced Google Drive users are looking for.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom Features

  • Class Setup - A class code is generated for each class that students can use to join a class. This process eliminates the need to create rosters ahead of time.
  • Google Drive Integration - When a teacher uses Google Classroom, a “Classroom” folder is created in their Google Drive account with a sub-folder for each new class they create.
  • Student Organization - When students use Google Classroom, a “Classroom” folder is created in their Google Drive account, with a sub-folder for each class they join.
  • Automation - When creating an assignment that is a Google Document, Classroom will duplicate and distribute individual copies of the Google Document to each student in the class.
  • Due Dates - When creating an assignment, a teacher indicates a due date for the work. Once submitted by the student prior to the due date, the student is instantly limited to “Viewing” status on the document, allowing for teacher grading to occur.
  • Turn in & Return - When students turn in their work, a teacher can provide feedback while the student has Viewing status. When work is returned to the student, the student is switched back to Editing status to continue working on the document.
  • Big Picture View - Both teachers and students can see all of their classes from the Home screen of Google Classroom. This allows for an overview of upcoming assignments across multiple classes.
  • Communication - Through a combination of class announcements generated by the teacher, and integrated commenting features for assignments, teachers and students can have the ability to increase communication between assigning and collecting assignments.

For more information about Google Classroom, the video tutorial below provides an overview of these features.


Greg Kulowiec will be teaching Google Classroom next week in his Google Apps Integration & Advanced Workflow Scenarios for Middle School and High School workshop at the EdTechTeacher Summit.


  1. Bethany Petty

    July 23, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I need an invitation to Google Classroom! I can’t wait until September!

  2. U of U

    July 25, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I’m curious about this Google classroom. I want to know how this work. I’m a teacher and I want to experience this kind of method of teaching. How can this be effective for learning compared to a face to face teaching strategy. If ever given a chance to experience, I am very excited to be a part of Google classroom. In fact, I’m looking for articles similar to this to gain more knowledge.

  3. Zack Gilbert

    July 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you for this post and video tutorial. Nicely done! I love Drive, but it was a pain to manage documents with students…as you mentioned.
    My district currently has GAFE for students and teachers, BUT does not use Gmail for teachers. (We still use Exchange/Outlook)
    Are there any features for Google Classroom that will be limited because we do not use Gmail?

    Thank you,

  4. Sergio M. Sarza

    July 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I am interested. I can’t wait to join this.

  5. Jeanna

    July 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I requested an invite when the sign-up was first created. Would love to have access to it, as I am the Technology Facilitator at a middle school. I would love for our teachers to use this tool this year. We do have Google Apps for Education accounts.

    • Peter

      July 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Just go to the admin console and turn it on. It’s as simple as that. Then go to after you are logged in as a teacher to set up the classes.

  6. Eugenia

    August 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for this article. I’m really looking forward to starting a google classroom. I wonder if it will be possible to make tests and quizzes like on Edmodo platform. With this possibility, this app would be just perfect.

  7. Mindy Dember

    August 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    This week in Kinder I read them The Straight Line Wonder by Mem Fox. They then drew me, as I showed them how, step by step. I have an introduction with my phone number on it for them to take home. Thank-you Janet H. for this wonderful idea!

    Mindy Dember

  8. Luis

    September 8, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    This looks like it has a lot of potential, but seems rather bare-bones at the moment. I have used Google Docs & Drive without Classroom for a few semesters in a writing class, and this new app seems like it would only offer a few organizational improvements, not much more. I consider it a convenience, but am not too excited about it–yet. However, Google has a habit of improving things over time. Add better control over file organization and online grading, and I’ll be a bit more interested. Add a plagiarism checker (which would seem to be right down Google’s alley), and I’ll be a lot more excited.