Google has introduced over 50 new features across its education products. The new products have been introduced to enable a more effective learning and teaching experience for students and teachers. It has also announced more robust security tools for teaching and learning, as well as new capabilities for Google Classroom and Google Meet. This includes a “Mute all” button for teachers to mute the entire classroom. The company has also added an “Offline Mode” in Google Classroom. The company is making the Classroom Android app work offline or with intermittent connections. Students will be able to start their work offline, review their assignments, open Drive attachments, and write assignments in Google Docs — all without an internet connection. Let’s take a look at the new features introduced by Google in Meet and Classroom.
Google announces 50+ new product features for students and educators
Google today announced over 50 new product features for students and educators. The search engine giant announced a host of features for its G Suite for Education. The Google Workspace for Education offers more choice and control to educators and teachers.
The company claims that more than 170 million students and educators worldwide rely on G Suite tools, and they are bringing many new helpful features to Classroom and Meet.
One of the new Google Classroom features includes a dedicated offline mode. The Classroom Android app will work offline, or with intermittent connections. Students will be able to start their work offline and perform various tasks. This includes reviewing their assignments, opening Drive attachments, and writing assignments in Google Docs — all without an internet connection.
The company has also improved mobile grading in the Classroom Android app. It claims that more and more teachers around the world using mobile devices for giving feedback on the go, and these improvements will make it much easier for instructors to switch between student submissions, grade work while viewing an assignment, and share feedback.
It will also add let teachers integrate their favourite third-party EdTech tools and content directly into the Classroom interface, all without any extra log-ins.
Later this year, Meet will support multiple hosts, making it easier to partner with others helping facilitate the class. All hosts will have access to moderation controls. They can share the load of managing who can join the meeting. Teachers will have the option to “End meeting for all”, so they have complete control and can prevent students from staying on a call after the teacher has left. Educators will also be able to mute all participants at once and decide whether students can unmute themselves or not.
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