How I Use It
Google Classroom is a tool that can be used with any aspect of teaching. In implementing a writing across the curriculum initiative, Google Classroom provided a platform to seamlessly electronically distribute and collect work in an organized fashion. Specifically, students did a research project and then created a slideshow in Google Slides, and turned it in via classroom. By using Classroom, we were able to view student progress and make comments on each slide with suggestions and document active feedback. It worked great. The only issue was that some students decided to use personal gmail to start their slideshows instead of their Google Apps accounts issued through the school. Classroom does not currently integrate outside of Google Apps for Education.
Google Classroom is the answer to anyone who used Drive with students before Classrooms existence. It automatically saves and organizes student work in the teachers drive. It also allows students to access templates and for teachers to distribute work easily to all students in a class. I have no reservations about making the recommendation to use Classroom. That being said, I do wish there was a better way to attach quizzes via forms and better ways to grade through classroom. I am hoping that Google continues to improve functionality (still relatively new).