The Spread of Google Classroom

Google Classroom is one of the most widely used LMSs in the United States. Over 80 million teachers and students use G Suite for Education and over 40 million use Google Classroom. Since both G Suite for Education and Google Classroom are free to use, there is a very low cost of entry for new users. Many districts have also adopted Chromebooks for their classrooms, with over 25 million students using one at their school.

Google's educational ecosystem is also buoyed with hundreds of third-party applications that integrate with the G Suite for Education and Google Classroom API. These integrations leverage features such as single sign-on and assignment creation within Google Classroom. The API gives developers several methods to integrate their content and applications with the LMS.

Teachers Want More Google Classroom Integration

School administrators and teachers are asking publishers and content creators to integrate their products with Google Classroom. In fact, many schools may have a specific LMS that they've adopted, yet allow individual teachers to use Google Classroom at their discretion.

However, both school admins and developers are often uncertain as to what integration in Google Classroom even means. Since Google Classroom is quite different from other LMSs – offering features such as assignment creation and basic grade reporting – it does not support integrations with some widespread standards that other LMSs support (such as LTI). Hence, many users and developers are confused about how to integrate with Google Classroom.

Knowing how Google Classroom integrations work and having an integration for an edtech application can put edtech companies ahead of the competition. Having these applications ready to onboard new Google Classroom users with integrated functions, such as single sign-on, assignment creation, and grade passback, can help apps win deals with schools and teachers who use Google Classroom. The user base of the Google for Education ecosystem continues to grow year after year, meaning that offering Google Classroom integrations will continue to be important in the edtech space.

The Challenges of Integrating with Google Classroom

While integrating with Google Classroom is certainly important, it does have its challenges. For example, Google Classroom does not support LTI. Developers must use the G Suite and Google Classroom APIs to integrate. Furthermore, Google Classroom does not support full rostering, which can prevent applications from pre-provisioning accounts for teachers and students. This will impact how companies will onboard clients and potentially make the process more difficult. Additionally, developers should consider actually writing the integration, as in-depth knowledge of the G Suite API is necessary.

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