Google Meet has rolled out features including mute all students, moderation tools, end meetings for everyone, and more.
Video conferencing app Google Meet has launched a slew of new features exclusively for teachers and students. Google Meet has rolled out features including mute all students, moderation tools, end meetings for everyone, and more. There have been several cases of teachers facing harassment during online classes but with these new features, Google wants to minimize such incidents.
Google has launched a couple of features for safe and secure learning sessions. The search giant has launched improved security controls that will let the teachers decide who can join the classes. Advanced safety locks have also been launched to block unknown users from gatecrashing the meeting and let teachers control who can chat and present within a meeting.
Also in the coming months, teachers will have access to those tablets and mobile phones that are used to take online classes. Also, users who attend the meeting will be able to share the chat or screen of iOS and Android devices. Many more new features will be added to Google Classroom and Google Meet by the end of this year.
“Getting everyone’s attention when class is deep in a discussion can be tough, so we’re also giving teachers an easy way to mute all participants at once. Rolling out over the next few weeks, “mute all” will help educators keep class on track. And since sometimes it’s important to teach without interruption, launching in the coming months, meeting hosts will be able to control when students can unmute themselves,” Google said in the blog.
New Features from Google Meet
For helping teachers detect plagiarism, Google Classroom will also receive originality reports in 15 languages, including Hindi, English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. The classroom will also get Student Information System (SIS) roster syncing and the ability to log student audit reports, including their removals.
In addition to Google Classroom updates, Google Meet is getting updated with the ability to support multiple hosts to allow more than one teacher for each virtual class. It is also getting the ability to let teachers prevent students from staying on a call after they’ve left it, with an ‘End meeting for all’ option. Educators will also get the option to mute all participants at once or select whether students can unmute themselves or not.
Google has also brought eight Indian languages to the Teach from Anywhere hub that debuted in April last year. The hub is claimed to have already helped more than nine lakh people with remote teaching experience.
Google Meet will now include only teachers and students after the meetings begin in the classroom. Teachers will also know who is in the class roster and who is not. Here the teachers will have some default rights to host the meeting. When there is more load in the class, then the teachers will be able to manage the load with the help of other teachers. Meetings that begin in the classroom later this year will support multiple hosts.
Google is also bringing a new storage model to institutions using any of its Workspace for Education editions. It is aimed to ensure “fair distribution” of storage that will be limited to a baseline of 100TB. The new policy will come into effect from July 2022 for all existing Google Workspace for Education customers and will be implemented for new customers signing up in 2022.
Google is also updating its education suite with features such as saved drafts in Google Forums for Education Fundamentals and Google Meet meeting transcripts for users on Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Education Plus.