Classroom has a base concept called Banks, which are collections of unique parts or elements. Some banks have fixed content, and some banks allow users to make deposits of new elements. In addition, some banks have bank managers whose purpose is to ensure quality elements. All of the banks in Classroom can be searched, or Browsed, allowing users to quickly find content they are interested in. There are several kinds of searchable banks in Classroom:
- Standards: These are collections of state-aligned, or district produced standards of learning for students. For instance, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), or the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards can be associated to gradebooks, assignments, and questions.
- Shared Question Templates: Either imported from third-party companies, like the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), or created by district or school educators, these are collections of individual questions (like true/false, multiple choice or directives) which, once vetted by a bank manager, are shared. Usually, these questions are directly aligned to standards. A question template can be used in an assignments or assessments as is, or modified to make a new question.
- Shared Assignment Templates: These are combinations of questions which comprise coursework, and formative and summative assessments created by educators in the district which, once vetted by a bank manager, are shared. There can be district or school banks of shared assignments. They can be used as is in gradebooks or modified to create new assignments.
- My Question Templates: These are questions created by an individual user and accessible only by that user for inclusion in the user's assignments. However, they can be exported to a shared question bank. Once exported though, the connection to the original question is broken. So questions in My Question Templates should only be given to a shared bank if they are 100 percent complete and accurate.
- My Assignment Templates: These are assignments (coursework, and formative and summative assessments) created by an individual user and accessible only by that user for inclusion in the user's gradebooks. However, they can be exported to a shared assignment bank. Once exported though, the connection to the original assignment is broken. So assignments in My Assignment Templates should only be given to a shared bank if they are 100 percent complete and accurate.
Each bank has similar filters to help users browse for the most pertinent content.