Recently Google rolled out an update for Google Meet offering more improvements to automatic hand lowering, better notification and others. In a new development, soon the video conferencing app users will get more education-focused features including controls for moderators and admins. Additionally Google Meet will also get YouTube live streams, live translated captions and more. Another important feature to arrive in the coming future is the Video lock that will allow the host to close the video for all the participants immediately.
At its, The Anywhere School 2021 online event the tech giant Google announced to bring a lot of new education-focused features to Google Meet in its next update. According to the company, the teacher and co-teacher in a Classroom class will be meeting hosts in Meet by default, enabling multiple teachers to share the load of managing a class. The students will also be able to automatically become admitted to the meeting once the teacher arrives. Additionally, those not on the Classroom roster will have to “ask to join” and only the teacher(s) can allow them into the meeting. With these features, the company aims to make Google Classroom safer and more secure by design.
All meetings, initiated from Meet or Calendar will get features like, host ends breakout rooms, participants will get a warning and then will be forced back into the main hosts can meeting. Moreover, the hosts can match the breakout room safety settings with the safety settings from the main meeting. To avoid distractions, hosts will be able to turn off everyone’s video at once with a “video lock.” Whereas hosts using tablets and mobile phones will get important meeting safety controls, like the ability to end meetings for everyone on the call and mute everyone at once.
Giving more control to the admins, this month onward new settings to the Admin console will be added so that school leaders will be able to set policies for who can join their school’s video calls and whether people from their school can join video calls from other schools. However, the new addition will not affect the default experience and will only change if your admin changes the current setting.
New settings to control whether Quick access is enabled by default, and other settings to control whether people can use the chat in meetings. On the other hand, admins with Education Standard and Education Plus will be capable to end any meeting in their organization directly from the investigation tool, and Quick access will be automatically turned off so nobody can rejoin the meeting without the host present all at once.
Google Meet users can also unpin your presentation or minimize their self-feed to see more of their students on the call and also different layout options to customize what you want to focus on. Whereas meetings not initiated from Classroom will soon start supporting multiple hosts, therefore, you will be able to choose co-hosts in meetings, and all meeting hosts will have access to safety controls.
As we mentioned before Google will be improving the hand raise feature in Meet so that it is easier to notice and address raised hands and teachers can more easily see and hear who raised their hands. Google Meet also supports closed captions in five languages and the user will also be able to pin multiple tiles to customize what they want to focus on. For example, students can easily pin a sign language interpreter and the teacher so they can see both at the same time.
Adding more features Google will also be introducing live translated captions to Meet so that you can listen to someone speaking one language and see real-time captions in another language. Also soon the users will be able to use closed captions during private live streams as well as most public live streams streamed right to YouTube so anyone outside of your institution can attend. This feature is ideal for school board meetings, school events and more. However, this will be released in beta this year and will be rolled out to customers with the Teaching and Learning Upgrade or Education Plus in early 2022.
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