A NEW FEATURE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM THAT WILL AID IN FURTHERING CHILDREN’S EDUCATION
Angelica Marie Celis / April 15, 2022
Education plays a big role in the lives of children. It is crucial for them to learn the necessary lessons that will help broaden their minds and perspective in life at such a young age. Therefore, the teacher must do their best in teaching the children what they need to know. Unfortunately, everyone possesses a complex mind and each students’ learning skills will be vastly different from one another. This in turn will make the teachers job difficult and they will not be able to support every student. According to Daniel Kiecza (2022), a Senior Staff Software Engineer from Google, educators around the world wanted to spend less time on tedious tasks like grading, and more time focused on their students’ unique needs. Heading the teachers’ dilemma, Google has announced Practice Sets last March 16, 2022. An upcoming feature on Google Classroom that will aid teachers in teaching their students by using more interactive lessons and more personal feedback.
Practice Sets enables the teachers to make their teaching content even more interesting through the use of interactive assignments. The auto grading tool will also be beneficial by cutting down the time it takes the teachers in grading every student works. This gives them more time to focus on their students’ needs. Also with Practice Sets, teachers may now have the time to understand which concepts take the most teaching time and which could use additional support, providing them with quick performance feedback to shape future lesson plans.
Teachers are not the only ones to find Practice Sets useful. Not only does students need a good education, but they also need their morale to be boosted for them to do their work diligently and confidently. When completing Practice Sets, students get real-time feedback to set them on the right track. If they found themselves facing difficulty in a certain subject, they will be given hints through videos and visual explainers. Once they get a correct answer, Practice Sets will boost their morale by celebrating their success with neat animations and confetti.
Google is currently in the making of testing the Practice Sets with some schools before the release of the feature’s beta in the coming months. In the event of its release, any educator with the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, or any institution using Google Workspace for Education Plus will have access to its beta and will have the chance to test it out.
Source: Kiecza, D. March 16, 2022. Practice sets: a more personal path to learning. https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/introducing-practice-sets/