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Watch out Blackboard and Moodle – Google is on a mission to give back to the education community. They have a suite of products called Google for Education and it is completely FREE!
The students and instructor are all set up with Google accounts so they will have access to the same services as under their regular Google accounts. What is different about Google for Education is it includes Google Classroom which is essentially a free LMS. Under Google for Education, instructors can send out assignments, grade and provide feedback, and keep track of progress.
Students are able to collaborate using the suite of Google products. In my experience, students already use Google suite to collaborate on most projects. Google Classroom, with its ability to bring the teacher into the picture, is the piece that ties this up into a nice package.