Wednesday, May 7, 2014
It's free and Google's promotional material (including the short informational video below) makes it sound much like the course-pages offered by Lexis (Blackboard) and Westlaw (TWEN) but geared for the grade school masses so it lacks law school specific features that make those platforms so useful to law professors. (Inside Higher Ed describes it as having "no relevance" to university classrooms calling it instead the course-page for "non-higher ed"). Nevertheless, even IHE concedes that because it's a Google product, it has great potential for all classrooms such that some of our readers may see ways to incorporate it into their law school courses. As Google explains, "Classroom" integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail allowing teachers to assign and collect work electronically, communicate with students in and out of class, and organize the curriculum. It's part of a suite of free Google products called "Apps for Education."
Hat tip to the Law Librarians Blog.