Good app, could be improved
I’ve been using Google Classroom since 4th grade, and I don’t see any major problems with it. Frankly, the app’s reviews are only so bad because a bunch of students are sulking about having to use it for school. I receive notifications on my iPad when new assignments are posted, and that’s super helpful especially during distance learning so I know what I have to do. Despite many reviews saying that the app crashes or doesn’t load, it works just fine for me on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Google Classroom is a useful app for both teachers and students for posting and organizing assignments. However, I do wish that there you could upload several files at once. Now, I have to upload one at a time and, depending on the size of the file, it can take a bit long (15 seconds). Also, my Google Classrooms aren’t always the most organized (not the app’s fault), so it would be great if there was a search bar. If I needed to find an assignment, I could search up its name and it would show up. Finally, right now I can’t find a way to edit my comments. This isn’t a big error, it’s just annoying. If I want to change something small I have to delete it and write it all over again. All in all, the many horrible reviews are unjustified in my opinion. Google Classroom is a very good app and doesn’t deserve all the 1-stars it’s getting.
Has a lot of potential
I think this is a great tool for what it’s designed to do. Does that mean it’s the best tool out there? Well, not quite. It has a lot of potential to be something great, however, constant bugs among other things brings it down. I’ve been noticing that I can’t edit an assignment from any device, except for my computer once an assignment has been released. This gets very frustrating when, as a teacher, I need to add a couple quick pictures to my assignment from my phone, and I’m bot allowed to. I’m constantly told that since it was originally scheduled, it’s past the assigned date, and I need to take off the scheduling, so I do. However, once I do that, it always tells me that something went wrong, and I can’t save the edited assignment. This happened to me today, and while it doesn’t usually bother me too much, it was beyond frustrating and stressful. My school suddenly shut down today so many students didn’t have any materials at home such as textbooks. I took some pictures, and was trying to upload them during my lesson, but I have to teach 5 different grade levels simultaneously. You can imagine my stress levels when I had 5 different grades asking for help in math at the same time while I was trying to figure out how to get my pictures posted as quickly as possible.
Again, I think this app has a lot of potential, but it’s not being nurtured like it could be.
Good app, but what's with all the negative reviews for?
By Google search Search
So since the coronavirus we have been doing online learning. I've been using Classroom for school and post secondary program that I do. It's pretty efficient and let you turn in assignments, gives notifications when a teacher posts and assignment, and everything else it's supposed to do. And for those of you who are complaining about too many notifications, that's all on your teacher not the app. Of course there are problems that do occur, but that's because so many people are using the Internet during the pandemic. Besides, if classroom went away, then schools and organizations would have to search for a different way of doing it, which may be hard than you already know. I use voiceover which is a screen reading software for blind and visually impaired people. The navigation with voiceover is pretty good on the app in my opinion. I also like how it uses Google calendar so you can be reminded about assignments. So for those of you who make fake negative reviews, stop it! It won't help you or anybody else, in fact it will only make it worse. You do realize that we also have the online version of Classroom right? Of course not all apps can be perfect, but this is crazy how people are just spamming it was one star reviews.
Necessary but hated
For the fact that it works sometimes how I need it to on my phone (My computer version ,aka the website, works better but sometimes I don’t have my computer) I give it 2 stars. I can sometimes get everything I need without it crashing. But as a student who cares about her education and grades I need things to be turned in on time and have it look decent, The app version will glitch and I look at it on my computer and it will look like it was done on a phone .... if you know what I mean. Some teachers are a lot stricter with due dates and even with COVID I have a life, I still travel to cousins houses (we get tested often) for different reasons but sometimes I’ll get a notification of my teacher posting something & I will be out of the house away from my computer and I need that done then and what has happened way to many times is said strict teacher will give me so many hours to complete said assignment. Then guess what... GOOGLE CLASSROOM DOSENT LIKE DATA. So guess who can’t get that assignment in on time ... me. I’ve talked to the teacher about her crazy timed assignments during COVID and thank the one above that I don’t have to have her class again but I need to have a easily loading and non-crashing app/ site to get my high school education on. Also there are NO notifications about when something is about to be due. Fix it pleasee!
A student’s perspective
By all earthlings
Google classroom as a website is useable but can be very frustrating to navigate and find assignments that are missing with no “missing work” folder or anything like that. The app takes all your frustration from the website and doubles it. All the flaws from the website remain while adding many on top of it. If you want to do any work on mobile devices to bad, the navigation on this app is terrible not helped by the impossible input lag and extremely long load times to even just view and assignment let alone do one. What makes this even worse is the team that made this has barely touched it sense it came out, this app has been unusable for years and continues to get worse as the hardware in my phone slows down. As a 14 year old I can’t afford to buy a new phone every few years and am currently using an iPhone 8 which is about a year old right now. From day one of me getting this app it has been nothing more but reminder to do school. What makes this even worse is the fact I do online school, I’m fortunate enough to have a personal computer that’s able to do what I need it to without much struggle but if a student had to learn from a mobile device with this app they would have extreme lag problems. Even testing this app on an iPad (6th gen) I was extremely laggy to the point I would be spending 5 minutes to even load into one class. This app is a disaster and needs to be fixed ASAP
Awesome app but one thing....(Devs Plz read)
Google Classroom is one of the best school apps I have used. It is easy to navigate, and its very interactive. I had never had a problem with it in my life until now. During COVID-19 almost all of us have had our work done on Classroom. I don’t know if this affects anything but let me say this, to turn in work is a huge problem. I have never realized this before but since all of my work is now on Classroom, it has been nearly impossible to keep track of what has been turned in or not. I’ve tried using the Calendar feature in Classroom to keep track but sometimes the work doesn’t show up on there. What happens to me is that I do the work, then I move on to different work and end up not turning the first work in. This usually happens when there is no work attached to the turn in button but instead to the actual assignment. I finish it, but then forget to press “Mark as Done”. Even then, sometimes when I know I have turned it in, it DOESN’T TURN IN. In the end I still do think this app is awesome. Besides from the above complaint it is very easy to do things like organize work or talk with your peers( stream ). But developers, please please add a a feature where it makes it easier to know if you still have to turn something in. I think it would greatly help everyone using your app.
From a students perspective
Google classroom is an amazing app it is so much easier to do work on this app than teachers sending us the work in the mail. A lot of students don’t like this app but I personally love it, I have been doing so much better in school with this app because it tells you if you have missing assignments, you can post things in the stream for teachers & students to see, you can add private comments in your assignments if your having trouble and only the teacher will see. But also there are class comments you can add so everyone in your class can see, it is so much easier to do work online especially with Google classroom. With this app you don’t always need to do homework sometimes your teacher will post fun stuff to do and also in the stream since students are able to post on it you can post drawings you have made and you can talk to your classmates too! If you have your own private school email you will even get emails on what your teacher posted, if they put a private comment, or even graded it etc. so from a student’s perspective I think this is a amazing app and I will continue to use this app and not get tired with it it is so much easier than drawing on paper.
Review from a student
Hi, I'm currently enrolled as a student who uses your software and I would like to inform you that your program is very slow and frustrating when it comes to loading my projects and assignments. Due to this fact, I have to explain to my many teachers why this might be an issue for the average student who uses google classroom. Although, on the other hand, this app is actually very easily accessible and organized. But, of course, there is constant bugging out and lag while it be during the loading process or even lagging out your to do assignments. In addition, I do very much enjoy this new to do list feature it comes with its own various problems as this feature always messes up my assignments and never shows them when it’s due or what class I need to do it for which is really irritating as I'm at the level now where I have a lot of teachers making it hard on myself to figure out this whole new concept. Plus, it's a lot more unpleasant since we're all in this COVID atmosphere making it really difficult to even try to learn or pay attention during class time. I've noticed myself that a lot of my classmates and I haven’t been doing a lot worse this year due to the fact of this website. This program is very unhelpful and honestly really confusing when it comes to the constant bugging and lagging of it's software and app usage overall.
~ Rose 👩❤️💋👩
This app needs help
By Big. Crazy man 986754231
Let me just start off by saying it really seems like it’s the only choice for most schools because teachers barely know how to turn on their computers. This app is decent enough, everything seems clear. However I really only use the app to turn in assignments either last minute or to turn in my calculus assignments (pictures of my paper work) this is my biggest problem is turning in assignments as pictures. For starters you can only choose one picture at a time. So for example let’s say you have a 10 page calculus problem set to turn in, you have to upload each picture individually and then once you do so, it doesn’t even tell you that it is there. So you’ve got to hope it’s there, then do the rest of them. Not to mention the confusion when submitting anything that isn’t a picture. I.e. docs, drive, slides, literally everything has to be complicated in one way or another. I don’t think there is much I could say that would make the UI developers want to fix this so it’s pretty much just a rant. Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
Good, but adding pictures are annoying.
By Oxi Clean Stain Detergent
I was supposed to send around 17 photos of my annotations for my language arts class. I clicked on a photo, and it took around 5 minutes total for it to fully load, also taking away close to 20% of my battery life. I decided to select the photos first and then confirm it, but there’s no “select” button. So I either have to complain about Gmail being extremely annoying and constantly glitching out for Google Classroom that takes like 5 minutes to upload one photo. Even if good internet, it takes two or more minutes for the photo to load. I’m not going to spend like an entire hour trying to post 17 photos just to raise my grades, and proceeding to steal away like 50% to 60% of my battery life. Just add a “select” button. I don’t care if it eats away only to spare me 1% left, just make it snappy and let me select more than one. I don’t want to sit around, waiting for that one moment for one photo to load. The only area where it loads quicker is on my chrome book, in which I am unable to take pictures with + send photos to. Just add a select button and make me happy. If I leave and don’t respond when it has to retry for some odd reason- if I don’t respond within 20 seconds, retry automatically. I swear to god. I’m going to scream my lungs out because this app doesn’t include a “select” button. Sounds like a dumb reason, but seriously.