Why Google Classroom is Better Than Canvas

Farhad Taraporevala

Google Classroom and Canvas are used by all students, and most teachers choose to use one or the other. Classroom is better for many reasons including: it is easier to find new assignments, there are not as many tabs, and there is a feature to connect assignments to Drive.

“Yes, [I do want teachers to unify to Classroom], because then you wouldn’t have to switch between one or the other because teachers don’t tend to use the same one,” sophomore Nicholas Puckett said.

Unifying the school to Classroom would benefit the student population as having all students use Classroom would save the time of constantly having to switch sites. Teachers should all use Classroom because it keeps students signed in and teachers could collaborate to create assignments.

“Philosophically, Classroom is really easy to use for a teacher,” social studies department chair Jon Resendez said. “Essentially, all the time I spend on Classroom is spent delivering content and facilitating activities.”

For Resendez, it is easier to use Classroom as it is straightforward and allows him to focus on his students, not on creating the website and customizing it like Canvas does.

“Classroom has a stream where you can see everything the teacher posts, and it is impossible to miss out on anything,” sophomore Kameran Mody said.

Finding new assignments is something that is much easier on Classroom because posts go straight to the top of the stream. This helps students find their homework fast, and they can see when it is due. This is useful and helps students stay on top of their work.

“Say you are submitting something on Canvas with one of the Canvas text boxes; if you close out of the window, you lose all your work entirely,” Puckett said.

This is a common problem with Canvas that you would not have with Classroom. When you leave a page in Classroom, it instantly saves, unlike Canvas where it is all deleted.

Although Canvas has many sections, this can be a bad thing as you may not be able to find an assignment in all the modules. Classroom has the ability to link with Drive, has a stream that makes it easier to find assignments, and saves all your work.