Even Google does not want to be caught unprepared for the sound of the first bell and, while schools are adapting to reopen safely, almost certainly supported by distance learning, there are interesting news for Meet and Classroom.
Meet, in particular, will receive a view grid update within the next month that will allow users to see up to 49 participants simultaneously. The news will then continue in October with minor additions including the virtual whiteboard and the possibility of obtaining a blurred background during video calls – a function already anticipated by some strings of code.
As for Google Classroom, a specific tool for the distribution of teaching materials, assignment and assessment of online assignments, there will be a new to-do list on the Classes page, support for 10 additional languages and a sharing of invitation links. simplified.
Here are the complete changelogs of the two applications:
- Features coming in September
- 7 × 7 grid that will allow users to see 49 participants at the same time.
- Jamboard, the virtual whiteboard is coming to Meet so that students can share their ideas.
- Features coming in October
- Ability to blur the background or replace it during video calls.
- Teachers will be able to monitor attendance virtually.
- Subgroup rooms will allow teachers to divide the class into separate groups for simultaneous discussions.
- Features coming later this year
- Raised hand detection to identify participants who may need help.
- Question and answer section and addition of a survey tool.
- Ability to record a meeting and share it within 30 days before the deadline.
- More controls for moderators during meetings.
- New to-do list on the Classes page to help students check their lesson plans and projects.
- Teachers will be able to share invitation links with students, making it easier for them to join the lesson.
- Support for 10 other languages, bringing the total number to 54 (including Italian).
- Teachers will also be able to evaluate the interaction between students with a teaching engagement measurement tool.
Google also announced the arrival of a new app, Assignments intended for all schools and colleges that do not use Classroom. In summary, it is a tool for teachers that aims to evaluate and analyze student learning, as well as allowing you to automatically create customized copies of assignments that can be distributed directly to Google Drive.
- Google Meet | Android | Google Play Store, Free
- Google Classroom | Android | Google Play Store, Free