The Google for Education service is aiming for a more "seamless" and "immersive" learning experience than ever before, with the introduction of Google Cast for Education, improvements to Google Forms, and the launch of new three-dimensional content for Google Expeditions.
Now, teachers and students will be allowed to access the same tools, share screens, hold quizzes and provide feedback. They can also go on a virtual field trip to places on the planet that might not normally be included in a regular educational tour.
Teachers will be allowed to make use of simultaneous casts on the projector and the student's device; quizzes integrated into Google Forms; and, best of all, exciting VR content compatible with Google Cardboard.
1. Easy Screen Sharing On Google Cast For Education
Google Cast for Education can be used by teachers to direct the flow of class discussions while sharing their screens with students and grant permission to anyone who would like to view the presentation. The teacher just launches Google Cast on the main computer and connects that computer to a projector. A simultaneous cast then runs on the students' devices where the app is installed for a more interactive discussion. Students can also share their screens using the same app.
2. Improved Google Forms For Quizzes And Feedback
Teachers will now be allowed to give paperless quizzes to the class, courtesy Google Forms. This platform has come in handy in collecting feedback, many educators have reportedly asked for quizzes to be integrated into Forms. With easy-to-design tick-boxes and multiple-choice questions, teachers can check students' answers in no time.
3. New VR Content For Teachers: 3D Field Trips
The advent of VR in the classroom is an exciting announcement. The Google Expeditions can be used to allow an entire class go on a trek in the great outdoors or instantly visit famous museums and historical landmarks without having to leave the classroom.
"The new portal offers TES users a seamless experience with Google's suite of tools," says Emma Fish, a program manager for partnerships at Google for Education.