The secondary classes, grades 6 through 12, at Cayman International School all started using Google Classroom at the start of the new school year in August.
Secondary Assistant Principal Ann Jurewicz said Google Classroom is a learning management system that is offered free of charge to schools with unlimited Cloud storage as part of Google’s G Suite.
“Teachers can uses Google Classroom to post class announcements, assignments and forums for student collaboration and work,” she said. “Each Google Classroom also has a calendar associated with it for organising information. It is connected with all other G Suite apps and documents, spreadsheets and slides in the teacher’s Google Drive.”
Google Classroom is used extensively in school environments in the United States, with many universities implementing it as well, Jurewicz said.
“It’s a very useful tool for education,” she said. “The students love it because it keeps them up to date on their daily assignments, what is coming up and if any assignments are late.”
Google Classroom touts that it saves time and paper and allows for better organisation of school assignments and collaboration with other students. It also enables parents to receive notifications of student assignments and due dates so they can stay informed.
“Teachers absolutely love Google Classroom, but we’re not far enough along to see if parents like it,” said Jurewicz, adding that a “secondary tech support night” was held for parents on Sept. 5 to provide information about how to navigate the parent notification element of Google Classroom.