Maximizing Interoperability & Creating a Seamless Technology Experience with Google Classroom Integration
The need to focus on interoperability is more important than ever before as more and more educators shift to online, remote, and asynchronous instruction. And while technology affords a more flexible and personalized learning experience, effective distance learning often requires the use of several different technological platforms at once.
This can prove cumbersome and inefficient to educators and learners, as the more digital resources schools use, the more usernames, platforms, and experiences teachers and students must keep up with.
One common learning resource schools use is Google Classroom. Since G Suite for Education launched in 2006, usership has expanded to 120 million people, an impressive increase from 80 million users last year, with a notable spike in usership occurring during the pandemic.
And to all these users, a flexible, efficient, and harmonious technology experience remains a priority, especially as they grapple with regular transitions between different platforms and learning environments — whether they are 100% remote, in-person, or blended.
That is why we are a Google for Education Partner — to ensure a nimble experience for students and teachers, who can easily access the wealth of McGraw Hill resources while using the Google tools they love.
Our Integration Points
As a Google for Education Partner, we believe educational technology should be seamless to use and as impactful as possible. That is why we continue to create meaningful integrations between our digital experience and the technologies chosen by educators, to help every teacher become even more effective, and every student more actively engaged as a learner.
Whether you use Google Drive, Google Classroom, or both, our Open Learning Platform allows you to integrate these tools together to enhance the student learning experience.
Teachers and students who use our Open Learning Platform can enjoy added integration with several Google functions and features.
- G-Suite: Once you input your Google credentials, you can access Google Classroom and Drive without having to sign in again. This Single-Sign-On Google Integration ensures it’s easy for you and your students to jump between McGraw Hill and Google platforms.
- Google Classroom: You can now create an assignment in our Open Learning Platform and then share a link to that assignment in Google Classroom. Once they have logged into their McGraw Hill program, students can then click on the shared link and launch the assignment in Open Learning.
- Google Drive: You and your students can now more easily attach all file types from Google Drive to assignments in Open Learning. In addition, teachers can create a worksheet template and then share individual instances of the document to specific students.
Crafting a More Accessible Experience
Teachers are often looking for one place to store and share documents, such as the gradebook, roster, and assignments. Students also don’t want to have to navigate into various platforms in order to access all the materials they need for a particular class. Our integration with Google Classroom will allow teachers and students to access all instructional resources through one click and sign-in into Google.
The integration with Google Drive also provides a great option for classrooms looking for fully web-based solutions, especially those who may not be able to easily download files to their devices.
This Integration is great if you have custom or external content in Google Drive that you’d like to share with your students. This content can then be accessed through their device in school, at home, or in a remote learning environment.
Assigning collaborative and group work can become even easier as you can easily set the permissions on a document so it can be edited by students.
When creating or editing assignments, you also have the option to share them to Google Classroom on the Settings tab of the assignment.
This assignment will then appear in Google Classroom. When your students access the assignment from Google Classroom, they can quickly select the link and be taken directly to the assignment within Open Learning without having to log-in again.
Enabling Real-time Feedback
Making a Google Doc file editable can give students real-time feedback to students as they work. And because the documents live in Google Drive, you can make updates to distributed materials quickly without having to share out a new version to students.
Supporting Your Instruction, Wherever It Happens
We know how hard you are working to provide the best instruction, despite today’s challenges, and no matter the environment where learning happens. Our goal is to allow you to reach each and every learner and more easily do what you do best: teach.
These integrations allow you to keep using the Google tools you like while seamlessly integrating them into the McGraw Hill products you use in your classroom.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates and additional Google Integrations in the future.