Google asks Fontbonne Hall Academy to test new product
When Principal Mary Ann Spicijaric arrived at Fontbonne Hall Academy in 2013, she recognized that technology would play a crucial role in the development of her students as the leaders of tomorrow. Under her guidance, Fontbonne, a Catholic high school for girls in Bay Ridge, eagerly signed up for Google Apps for Education, a free suite of education tools offered by the Internet giant.
In late 2013, Fontbonne’s plans to strengthen its use of technology took a new, exciting turn when the school was selected to test a new Google product.
At Google’s request, one of Fontbonne’s teachers used and provided feedback on Classroom, a product in development. Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that lets teachers create and organize assignments quickly, offer comments efficiently and communicate easily with their students. It lets students organize their work, complete and turn in work assignments and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.
In early 2014, Google expanded the trial run and asked the entire school to test Classroom and provide feedback.