LittleSIS for Classroom is a tool for Google Admins to auto-create class rosters/sections and assign them to teachers based on data in their SIS (School Information System), such as Skyward. A few weeks ago I stumbled across this tool, however I did not have the time to explore this tool until recently.
Benefits as a Teacher:
- No class time is needed to setup Google Classroom by either having teachers manually create their own classes or having students sign up for their class.
- Class rosters are kept up-to-date with schedule changes and student mobility. If a students drops a class, then access to the class is removed.
- Parent/Guardian access can also be automatically created.
Benefits as an Admin:
- Admins get a view of all classes setup in Google Classroom (currently not visible in Google Admin).
- LittleSIS for Classroom can be fully automated with scheduled reports from your SIS.
- Other apps that sync with Google Classroom can now be automated, such as GoGuardian classroom monitoring sessions.
- SY17-18 Pricing starts at $700 (per domain), according to Amplified Labs' website.
How does it work?
This video gives a live demonstration of how Little SIS for Classroom works as well as how the setup process will typically go.
The Bottom LineSomeone is bound to ask if I am being paid to cover this product. I am NOT a paid endorser of any product currently on my blog. I only post tools that I genuinely believe can help either teachers, admins, and others or tools that I have an interest or experience in.
Am I recommending this product? Possibly. Since I have not had any first hand experience with this product, I cannot say for sure that I would recommend this product. I have been looking for a tool like this for quite some time. However, my only hesitation is that I am looking at other Learning Management Systems (LMS) that offer more features than Google Classroom. It is easy for teachers to set up classrooms. Although, I admit that sometimes it can be monotonous task. This can work great for those district that heavily rely on Google Classroom and may not be using an LMS.