As an avid user Google Apps For Education (GAFE), and Google Classroom I am always excited to see and use the new updates. Google has made two very useful updates to Classroom in April and May which I find to be very useful. These updates are to the “Create Question” feature and scheduling posts. Here's a link to Google's announcement.
The “Create Question” was updated a while back, but only included an extended response answer. I found this useful to facilitate an online discussion with students having the ability to respond to each other’s answers. Now with the recent update teachers have the option to ask multiple choice questions as well as short answer questions. These questions are similar to those used in Google Forms. This update can be used as exit tickets, mid-class check in’s, closures, etc. Teachers are able to receive real time responses and data.
Now teachers are able to schedule posts ahead of time using both date and time. This is something that is very useful for me. Many times I have drafted a post and forgot to actually post it. Consequently, I was flooded with emails from my students telling me I did not post the homework. Now my problem has been solved. I should not forget to post homework anymore. One drawback I see is that we cannot schedule a post for more than one class at a time. We will have to use the “Reuse Post” feature.
Overall, I feel these new updates will surely be useful and continue to streamline my process. I would still like to see a feature to “hide” and “unhide” post as need. Hope you're listening @GoogleForEdu, and looking forward to new updates.