Showing posts with label Google Groups. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Groups. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Features Added to Google Classroom

If you're using Google Classroom, you may have noticed some new features added today. There are new features for students, for teachers, and for adminstrators in Google Classroom.

Students in your Google Classroom classes now have the option to mark assignments as done even if there is not a document or file to submit. For example, if you assign "read chapter 5" to your students they can mark that assignment as done after completing the reading.

Teachers can now set different permissions for their classes and students in Google Classroom. Teachers can mute individual students in the comment stream or prevent an entire class from commenting. Along the same line, teachers now have the option to sort students by first or last name. Finally, teachers now have the option to download all grades for an assignment at once.

Google Groups can now integrate with Google Classroom. Administrators now have the ability to pre-populate classes using existing Google Groups.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Build a Message Board With Open Source Forum Software from Vanilla Forums

Vanilla Forums is free, open source software that anyone can use to host an online message board community. As you might imagine message boards powered by Vanilla allow your users to create member profiles, give you administrative control, and the ability to create sub-forums. Vanilla Forums software can be downloaded and installed on your own server(s) or you can use one of the paid hosting packages offered by Vanilla.

Applications for Education
If you have someone in your school that can install Vanilla Forums on a server, Vanilla could be a good way to build a school message board. You could also explore the hosting packages offered by Vanilla to see if they suit your needs.

Other options for hosting message boards to use in your school include Google Groups, Google+ Communities (if everyone is over 13), or Buddy Press (open source and you have to host it).