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Google Classroom features

Google Classroom email summaries for parents and guardians

What is Google Guardian?

Google Guardian is an opt-in service for individual teachers which allows you to help parents or guardians to keep informed of their child's work in Classroom. When a guardian accepts an invitation from a teacher, they get regular emails about their student’s work and classes. These emails, known as guardian email summaries, include information about missing work, upcoming work, and class activity.

Inviting a guardian does not allow them access into the Google Classroom. It provides them a summary of their child's work only. However, it is important that any teacher that opts-in to Google Guardian regularly maintains their list of invited parents and guardians for each of their students to ensure it is accurate and appropriate.

Originality Reports

Google is releasing its new originality reports and rubrics features in the Google Classroom product. Originality reports check students' work for matches across billions of web pages and books. This can make it easier for teachers to evaluate the academic integrity of each student’s work. The new rubrics feature offers a scoring framework for teachers to set clear expectations, evaluate work and provide actionable feedback. There are some restrictions to be aware of:

  • Under the DoE licence, teachers can enable originality reports on three assignments per class for free - so teachers will need to be selective about which assignments they apply it to.
  • Originality reports are only available in English and for Google Docs initially. Students cannot use MS Word