• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

NEO vs. Google Classroom

Introduction

NEO is a word-class, award-winning learning management system (LMS) for schools and universities. NEO helps schools manage all classroom activities, such as creating and delivering educational content, assessing students, tracking their results, and promoting communication and collaboration between students and teachers/faculty. NEO is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, a company that specializes in providing learning platforms for organizations around the world.

Google Classroom is part of G Suite for Education, a pack of productivity tools for teachers and students. There is also a version that is open to all users that have a Google account.

NEO School portal

User interface

The NEO interface has a modern, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for students, teachers and administrators, a graphical class catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation.

Many features can be enabled or disabled to suit young children through to college students. NEO provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize lesson material. NEO offers native mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

The Google Classroom interface is modern and quite simple. Users can see a stream of information on their main page, select a theme or create their own theme. However, these options might be an inconvenience for schools that wish to add a customized visitor portal, logo, branded apps and generally want to make a website feel more like their own. Google Classroom is available for iOS and Android devices.

NEO Student dashboard

Ease of use

NEO is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. NEO also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours 24/5.

Google Classroom is somewhat easy to understand and use, has a help center with tutorials and a help forum.

NEO Help center

Features

NEO provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for classes (instructor led, blended, self-paced, and micro learning), twelve kinds of assignments, full-featured gradebook, content authoring, beautiful lesson layouts, gamification, automation, learning paths, drip content, adaptive learning, mastery and competencies (including US common core standards and Next Generation Science Standards), question banks, class templates, rubrics, collaboration tools, resources catalog, a customizable portal, and more.

NEO supports many important industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, QTI and LDAP. We also integrate with a wide variety of systems, including Google Drive, G Suite, Office 365, OneDrive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, Zapier, GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx, SIS, Equella, and more.

Google Classroom provides a very limited feature set. Specifically, it only allows a teacher to create a class, add students to the class, create a news feed per class, set simple assignments, such as a Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, and grade those assignments online. It is tightly integrated with Google Drive as its storage system.

However, a big inconvenience for teachers could be the lack of a built-in authoring system that could allow them to create classes and better organize lessons. In addition, features like mastery and learning outcomes are missing, which makes it hard to track student progress within the LMS.

Here is a list of key features in NEO that Google Classroom does not support:

User interface

  • Customizable visitor portal
  • Graphical dashboards
  • Graphical course catalog
  • Automatic language translation of messages and forum posts
  • Graphical resources catalog
  • Graphical lessons layout
  • Branded mobile apps
  • Windows native app

Content

  • Built-in authoring tool
  • Automation
  • Gamification
  • Learning paths
  • Drip content
  • Micro learning
  • Adaptive learning
  • Content sync Compliance
  • Waitlists
  • Class ratings and reviews
  • Seating charts
  • Badges

Collaboration

  • Chat
  • Forums
  • Wikis
  • Groups
  • Blogs
  • Teams
  • Organizations

Assessment and analytics

  • Gradebook
  • Mastery and learning outcomes
  • Attendance tracking
  • Assignment types such as teams, discussions, debates, LTI, and more.
  • Personalized assignments
  • Rubrics
  • Scheduled and custom reports

Integrations

  • Integration with 1,000+ apps via Zapier
  • xAPI
  • SCORM
  • LTI, QTI and CCF
  • MathJax
  • Turnitin
  • Unicheck
  • Panopto
  • Skype for Business
  • GoToMeeting
  • GoToTraining
  • Zoom
  • WebEx
  • PayPal
  • Authorize.net
  • Stripe
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam
  • MailChimp

Other

  • E-commerce functionality
  • Trash can for restoring deleted content
  • Archiving students
  • SEO features
  • Student help desk
  • Terms and conditions
  • Account types such as teaching assistant, parent, and monitor

NEO Class catalog

Cost

NEO has a free plan and charges about $6 per student per year for its Small school plan and $7 per student per year for its Enterprise plan. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.

Google Classroom is free and is available to schools in the USA that are using Google apps for Education and for any user with a Google account, if they are using it individually, and not for creating classes for a school or university.

NEO Class page

Summary

This was a comparison of the most important features between NEO and Google Classroom.

NEO is an LMS designed for use by schools, whereas Google Classroom is a basic set of tools for individual teachers. The NEO free plan is more attractive, easier to use, and far more comprehensive Google Classroom. Since Google Classroom does not provide basic LMS features it cannot be categorized as such. If you require additional information on NEO, please contact us.

Disclaimer

This comparison paper was written in April 2018 based on publicly available documentation on both vendors' sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

Since pricing and features can change rapidly, we do not represent that this information is up-to-date, and we encourage you to get the latest information directly from the vendor's web site. If you find any information in this comparison guide to be inaccurate, please contact us with details and we will correct the information within 72hrs.