While teachers and children are resting and enjoying their summer break, the folks over at Google are anything but relaxed. The company is following a busy schedule, which involves the updating of teaching and learning tools such as Classroom, Google Earth and other Google for Education tools, in anticipation of the upcoming school term. Google Classroom has proved to be a very empowering tool for both students and teachers since its introduction in 2014, while tools such as Google Docs and Google Earth, which are also undergoing further upgradation, need no further proof of their utilities in learning process.
Google Classroom, which has been successful in streamlining the classroom activities, has revamped its structure to feature a dedicated ‘Classwork’ page, which had already been announced at this year’s ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference. The feature enables teachers to organize quizzes and assignments by topic. The team has gone a step further, enabling teachers to create quizzes from inside Classroom, as opposed to using Google forms, while also enabling a lock screen feature to avoid distractions and cheating. Google has also simplified the teacher evaluation process through student feedback, while Google Docs has also implemented new features, such as a new hanging indent option, while advanced features like header and footer margins are scheduled to arrive soon. Tour Creator will allow students to add photos taken by the Cardboard Camera application to class tours, while VR180 photos are also speculated additions. Expeditions AR is also touted as a potential feature for students on their tablets. Google Earth, meanwhile, will allow students to explore oceans, and get a close look at Mars through 30 additional activities.
Meanwhile, Google announced that it has updated its GBoard app with 18 additional languages, among a host of other changes such as Japanese support for Android TV and improvements in Morse code. However, media reports mentioned that only 16 languages had been found during testing. The identified languages were Arabic (Gulf), Buryat (Mongolia), Buryat (Russia), Cornish, Gondi (Devanagari), Greek (Cyprus), Hakka, Hausa (Ghana), Khorasani Turkic (Arabic), Lower Sorbian, Mandeali, Mundari (Bengali), Portuguese (Macau), Shekhawati, Siberian Tatar, and Talysh (Russia).