"Google Classroom" - new online tool available soon

Update on August 18 - It appears that Rutgers OIT has disabled access to the new Google Classroom service. At the moment, trying to use this with your Scarletmail account will result in a "service unavailable" message. If your department uses Google Apps for Education on its own, you may be able to access the service using your departmental email address (ask your department IT person if you're not sure). 


Google has announced that they will make their new "Classroom" tool available beginning the week of August 11th. This service combines existing Google services (primarily gmail and drive) into an organized structure designed for classroom use. Teachers who use Google Classroom will be able to distribute materials, collect and grade assignments, and communicate with their students easily.  This provides another alternative to systems like Sakai, eCollege, Blackboard and Moodle (however Google classroom does not appear to have an online testing or gradebook tool, at least not yet). 

When it becomes available, you will need to use your ScarletMail account if you wish to use it. (Rutgers OIT has the option to disable the service, if they choose to do that it may be necessary to contact them to turn it on for your account). 

More information and videos describing how the service works are available on the Google Classroom introduction page, and instructions for how to use it are available on the Google Classroom Help site.

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