How I Use It
Google Classroom has learning management system type features, but we classify it as a document management system because our district already has full access to Schoology. We support teachers in using Google Classroom in many ways: pushing assignments (with diverse and very useful attachment options), pushing websites to students live, creating online class discussions, posting updates and resources, adding co-teachers to a course, and more. We can demonstrate Google Classroom use, to anyone who is already implementing Google Apps for Education in their instruction, in 30 minutes or less (generally.) As with pretty much any Google tool, Google Classroom is simple to learn and implement in addition to constant updates which make the tool even more user friendly and versatile. Just when I think I can't like Google Classroom more a new update comes out and I like it more. I can confidently speak for many teachers and students when I say that Google Classroom has made a big difference in the workflow of classrooms across our school district.
Ironically, we've been able to "sell" Google Classroom to teachers by addressing what teachers may be "battling" without using Google Classroom including: students not sharing Google documents, presentations, etc. correctly and/or at all, students forgetting to not send an email to teachers when they share a document, students naming their documents incorrectly, students not giving teacher editing rights to a shared document, or teachers having a difficult time keeping their Google Drive organized so they can more easily and efficiently locate student work. Google Classroom addresses and solves all of these challenges in one fail swoop. We have 300+ teachers leveraging the power of Google Classroom in our school district and that number grows each week. The feedback we hear from teachers regarding Google Classroom cannot be minimized. The teachers love all it does. I would love to see a feature where teachers can easily assign something to a small group of students within a class. Knowing Google, they're already working on this feature as we speak. Quite simply, if you're using Google Apps for Education in your classroom and not using Google Classroom you are missing on on a tool which will make your life much simpler.