Official launch of Google Classroom Add-Ons, enabling integrations with 18 Ed Tech tools
Google announced today that the Classroom Add-Ons feature, in beta since last summer, is rolling out to all Teaching & Learning and Education Plus subscribers in time for the fall semester, enabling the access to 18 popular ed tech tools from inside Classroom.
Without having to leave Google Classroom, teachers whose school administrators have deployed the add-ons will be able to easily find, add, use, and grade content from any or all of the following tools included in the add-ons launch :
- Adobe Express for Education
- Google Arts & Culture
- Google Play Books
- PBS Learning Media
- pear bridge
- SAFARI Editing
- Sora from OverDrive Education
- word wall
Each add-on tool — once enabled by school administrators through the Google Admin Console or Workspace Marketplace — will be accessible simply by logging into the student or teacher’s Classroom account, Google said. Add-ons will be available over the next few days and weeks for schools using the Teaching & Learning or Education Plus editions of Google Workspace, according to the Google Classroom Blog announcing the release.
The following video shows an overview of the features used using the new Classroom add-ons:
Here are some examples of new educator features made possible by add-ons, listed on the Classroom blog:
- With just a few clicks, students can access and visit interactive Pear Deck presentations from inside Classroom.
- The IXL add-on allows a teacher to browse IXL skills by subject or grade level before adding them to an assignment or classroom stream, and even assigning skills to a specific student.
- With the Kahoot add-on, teachers can access kahoots they’ve created or saved, and make them easy for students to use, all without leaving the classroom.
- The CK-12 add-on allows you to create interactive assignments, track class performance across assignments, see automatically graded results, and view insights that show performance patterns at the concept and component levels. actionable recommendations for each student.
- Nearpod, in a recent blog post about the new Classroom add-on, it will allow teachers with any Nearpod subscription to do things like the following right in Google Classroom: access their Nearpod lessons and add as an assignment, quiz assignment, or question; assign Nearpod lessons in Live or Student-Paced mode for their entire class or individual students; add important point values, due dates or instructions; invite the student to join the lesson via the link in Google Classroom; view post-session reports in Google Classroom; and grade Nearpod lessons in Google Classroom.
Dave Messer, Google Product Manager, in the blog post encouraged teachers to request new complementary partners not included in the launch by giving feedback in Classroom.
Education technology vendors are also encouraged to message Google about creating their own add-on by filling out this form, Messer wrote.
Kristal Kuykendall is the editor of 1105 Media Education Group. She can
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