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Classroom: Google's step into the classroom
Classroom "Google wants to make everyday life easier for teachers - and at the same time pave the way to a digital classroom with their own products.

With Google Classroom, the search engine giant tries to step into the classroom.

While schools in Germany still mainly teach with paper, learning with digital media in the US is already much more common. Whether notebooks, tablets or computer exams: technical progress has long since arrived in the classrooms. Of course, manufacturers are trying to get a piece of the cake, because contracting with a school district means selling thousands of devices at once. Google is no exception with its Chromebooks; Now the Internet giant also wants to intervene directly in the classroom: with the teaching software Google Classroom.

Digital classroom
Google Classroom service is aimed primarily at teachers. They enter their course in the software, students then receive information and materials about the course. The teachers assign homework or tests to the students using the page, which they submit through Classroom. After the teachers have checked the tasks, they enter the grades of the students and inform them immediately about their result. The goal is to make everyday life easier - and to foster collaboration, as teachers can also retrieve the intermediate status of tasks and, if necessary, help with comments.

Google promises privacy
Also on possible problems with the privacy goes into Google: Already at the launch of the project as a trial Google promised not to evaluate any data from Classroom and use for advertising. Even in the service itself there is therefore no advertising. Google's motivation for the service is therefore more likely to get students used to using their own products, such as Google Drive, to secure future users.

Also in Germany?
Although the registration for Classroom is also open in Germany, whether German teachers also use it, must show up. So far, the German schools have been limited in terms of technical innovations mostly on model projects, a nationwide digitization of teaching is, not least because of the sovereignty over the education policy, yet to come.