What's Next for Google Classroom

Kate Fox
August 10, 2021

Google continues to put the people who use their products first and listen to your feedback to address your top priorities. And they always make sure Classroom retains the simplicity and ease-of-use that’s made it so helpful to teachers, students, and school leaders around the world.

Take a quick peek into all the new features coming to Classroom in 2021 — from the ability to use Classroom with other tools and more controls to features that help students learn from anywhere, as well as a simplified workflow for teachers.

Better together: Use Classroom with other tools

  1. Use your favourite EdTech tools and content with Classroom (coming later this year) - teachers using Google Workspace for Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrade, Classroom add-ons will let them choose their favourite EdTech tools and content from a marketplace and assign it to students directly inside Classroom — all without extra log-ins. Admins will also be able to install add-ons for teachers in their domains.
  2. Streamline grade entry (coming later this year) - Grade Export, which is available to eligible Skyward and Infinite Campus customers, is coming to Aspen SIS. This will allow teachers to track grades and push them from Classroom’s Gradebook to their SIS, eliminating the need to put grades in two places.
  3. Get deeper insights with Classroom audit logs (coming soon) - With audit logs, admins can get to the root of Classroom-related issues and pinpoint instigating events, such as who removed a student from a class or archived a class on a specific date. Classroom audit information will soon be available directly in the Admin Console.

A better hybrid learning environment for teachers and students

  1. Keep learning happening while offline (coming later this year) - We’re updating the Classroom Android app to work offline or with intermittent connections. Students will be able to start their work offline, review assignments, open Drive attachments, and write assignments in Google Docs — all without an internet connection.
  2. Submit better pictures of homework (coming later this year) - We’ve seen an increase in the number of images uploaded to Classroom — especially from students taking photos of paper assignments. We’re making it easier to attach and submit photos in the Classroom Android app and for teachers to review. Students will be able to combine photos into a single document, crop or rotate images, and adjust the lighting.

A simple workflow for educators

  1. Improved grading on mobile (coming later this year) - More teachers are using mobile devices to give feedback on the go. We’re improving how you use Classroom to grade on Android, including the ability to switch between student submissions, grade while viewing an assignment, and share feedback.
  2. Rich text formatting (coming soon) - Teachers and students (on web, iOS and Android) will soon be able to customise Classroom assignments and posts using rich text formatting — including bold, italics, underline and bullets.
  3. Originality reports in new languages (coming soon) - Originality reports help students turn in their best work, while making it easy for instructors to detect potential plagiarism. Soon they'll be available in 15 languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Finnish, German, Korean and Danish, Malay and Hindi.
  4. CS First integration (now available) - CS First is our free, introductory computer science curriculum. You can now import student rosters from Classroom into a new CS First class and students can sign in using a Google account.