During a global back-to-school event The Anywhere School, Google announced a lot of new features around Google Meet, Google Classroom and in the admin console for IT coordinators.
Google Meet will get its most important update of all in September, an increase from 16 participants to 49. This puts it on the same level as Zoom. Teachers can now easily keep an eye on the whole class.
Jamboard, Google’s digital chalkboard, integrates with Meet from September to conveniently take notes without switching applications. Backgrounds can also be blurred from October. Read all the news about Google Meet on Schoolit.
Improved admin console
Google Classroom is also getting an important update. Soon there will be a To-do widget for students and a To-review widget for teachers. This gives everyone a clearer overview of what needs to be done urgently and what needs to be worked out later in the week or month. You can also go with special join codes from now on invite someone via external channels such as WhatsApp or email. Read all the news about Google Classroom here.
Finally, the admin console will be provided with additional tools to make life easier for IT coordinators. For example, you will soon be able to consult Classroom audit logs directly in the admin console. With these logs, the ICT coordinator can immediately see why, for example, a student was removed from a class or when a class was archived and who did this. You can import those log files into G Suite Enterprise for Education in BigQuery and Data Studio for deeper insights. View all news on Schoolit.
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