TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS, PERSPECTIVES, AND META-COGNITIVE STRATEGIES ON THE GOOGLE CLASSROOM PLATFORM AS A TOOL FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
Amidst the COVID-19 post pandemic, educational institutions are still using online learning. Google Classroom is one of the platforms that educators are using. This platform is being used by teachers all over the world, which gained its popularity in the new normal since educational institutions are encouraged to use online learning. The objective of the study is to determine the perceptions, perspectives, and metacognitive strategies of the participant teachers on the use of Google Classroom as a tool in the teaching and learning process. The study used focus group discussion since this is qualitative research. The samples were ten teachers who were using Google Classroom. Braun and Clark's phases of thematic coding was employed to determine the overall picture of the perceptions, perspectives, and metacognitive strategies of the participants towards the platform. From the responses of the participants, three themes appeared: benefits of Google Classroom, characteristics of Google Classroom, and the nature of students who are using Google Classroom. The teacher participants used different metacognitive strategies in facilitating learning using the platform, which made the teaching and learning fruitful. The use of the platform is encouraged since it has a positive impact on the students. Because of their positive characteristics and benefits, the learners become engaged, collaborative, excited, expressive, and innovative.
Google Classroom, Online Learning, Platform, Web 2.0 Tools, Teaching and Learning