Google Classroom: 3 Updates for “Classwork” Tab

Last week Google announced three changes they’ve made to the Classwork tab inside of Google Classroom designed to make finding and organizing information easier.


New attachments display with preview

All attachments to a post will now be given more space for the file name. For those that still are not displayed in full, hovering over the file will display the entire title. In addition, attachments will once again display a thumbnail preview of the file/link, making it easier for users to quickly identify the content they want to access. These features also apply to how posts are displayed on the Stream tab.

Attachment preview thumbnails and full file name via hover button

Filter by Topic is BACK!

You can again filter the Classwork page by topic using the topics list displayed in the top-left corner of the page. When filtering by topic you will see:

Topics filter list in Classroom
  • Each post expanded to show the entirety of text entered in the directions area of the post.
  • All attachments added to the post.
  • Turned-in, Assigned, and Graded counts for teachers.
  • Post status for students (Assigned, Turned In, Missing, Returned, and Graded).

Clicking on the “All topics” heading will return the Classwork page to its original layout.

New items post to the TOP

Starting with all newly created classes, when using the ‘Create’ option to make a new Assignment, Question, Material, or Reusing an old post, Classroom will add that post to the TOP of the Classwork page instead of at the bottom. NOTE: This feature is not available in current classes to: “…prevent this change from impacting classes you’ve already organized.”


For more information on these updates, please refer to this Google Classroom Help Center article.

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