Make Announcements a more prominent feature in Classroom
I have a thought. The announcements feature should be more prominent/formal. It should have its own tab like the assignments do, instead of being included with that. I would love to use it in an Edmodo style where I can make announcements about what has happened in class with reminders for what's coming up, and attach files to it as well.
I post daily about what we did in class, and I include any handouts or links that I used, so absent students can get what they missed, or forgetful people/people prone to losing things can get copies. If I did that every day through the assignments, the actual assignments that I post would get lost in them.
I know there is a tab for Files, but I cannot restrict my students' usage in that. They would be able to edit those files, and I don't want that. I want the ability to post a file for them in a read-only fashion ("view" as Office calls it), so my students have the ability to get another copy if they need it, but not to accidentally (or purposefully) change my original document.
Aaron Sweet commented
Yes! Absolutely! This needs to be integrated into Classroom. Hopefully when Classroom isn't 'Preview' anymore. This is an extremely important feature to have to be able to communicate with our students in one platform and in one area. How does this not have more votes??