Google Classroom is issuing some new features and improvements ahead of the new school year, including a new Chrome extension that lets students and teachers share websites with the whole class.
Google Classroom launched a year ago to give teachers a way to connect with students online and eschew paper assignment sheets in favor of digital homework. It’s since rolled out its Classroom apps on mobile iOS and Android devices.
The new Chrome extension, called Share to Classroom, is compatible with any kind of laptop and enables a class to view a webpage together without fussing with links.
In addition to the new Chrome Extension, Google is giving students the option of typing up documents with their voice, a research tool for searching Google without leaving Docs, and an improved way to track changes in documents.
Google Classroom is also rolling out new themes in Forms, its survey creation tool. Students will be able to add GIFs, video, and new question formats to their polls.
Finally, Google Classroom is adding a new Explore feature to its Docs programs, like Forms and Sheets. The new tool is supposed to help students spot trends and analyze data within a given document.