Forget those pesky teaching qualifications, because Google has now found a way to make educators out of us all. Starting today, any Google Classroom user will be able to create their own classes. Working as an app or via desktop, what started as merely a service to organize coursework now lets users share their own wisdom. Previously, in order to create and attend classes you'd need a G Suite for Education account, now anyone with a Google account can enjoy its benefits.
While the video above is old, it gives you a good idea of what the software is all about. With teachers all around the world drowning in paperwork and bureaucracy, Google Classroom aims to make their lives easier. With students able to submit everything online, assignments are all easily accessible from the cloud -- unfortunately making them much more dog-proof.
Keen to show how versatile the service can be, Google recruited a handful of teachers and hobbyists to pilot the feature. One teacher commented on how he prefers using Classroom to email students weekly summaries, as every question, assignment and announcement generates its own link.
Highlighting various test cases on its blog, Google shows how Classroom can be used from everything to teaching graphic design to helping to run a student-led gameDev class. This initial pilot saw the software helping after school programs too, with classes being used by an elementary school teacher to continue sharing ideas with her Girl Scouts Robotics Club.
While it's still early days for the service, it's good to see that as well as helping to reduce teachers' burdens, Classroom might also have uses outside of traditional education.