Classroom will be built into the Google Apps for Education suite and promises to help teachers both create and organize assignments, communicate with their classes, and provide feedback to students individuals. The launch comes just a week after the company announced that it would no longer scan the emails of educators and insert ads accordingly. This change in policy gave the company the opportunity to state, “Like the rest of our Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free for schools.”
While Classroom remains in “preview” the company has explained that “educational tools should be simple and easy to use” and that Classroom was designed “to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.” While Classroom does provide a lot of features, the Khan Academy offers more real-time tracking of students. That said, Classroom is considerably easier for teachers to get started when it is made available.