Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video An overview of Google Classroom, part of Google Classroom: First Look (2014).
Google Classroom is an online learning management system for teachers looking to create a paperless classroom environment where they can create, distribute, manage, and grade assignments. Your students can log into your classroom and keep track of their assignments, work on them, discuss them with you and other students in real time and submit their assignments when they are ready. Right now, we're looking at the main product page for Google Classroom found at www.google.com /edu/classroom which you can visit to read more about Classroom or to send your school administrators to if you're interested in trying out Classroom.
Like most Google products, Classroom is completely free, but at this time it's only available to people with a Google apps for education account, meaning your school or institution has to be signed up for the Google apps for education suite. Which, as you can see here, includes tools like Gmail for email, drive for online storage space, docs for word processing, and sheets for spreadsheets. Classroom is completely integrated with these other products and it makes it simple to share documents and other files with your students. If you don't currently have an Apps for education account, your school administrator can sign up at this address here, google.com/edu/apps.
Once you have an app for education account, you can go to classroom.google.com to sign in and get started with setting up your classes and assignments. I'll log in with my account. And as you can see here, Google has kept the interface sparse and simple. When you log in for the first time, there's really nothing to do here except to create a new class and we'll take a look at how to do that next.