Chromebooks, Google Classroom, Google Meet Get New Features

Google has announced a range of new features on Chromebooks, Google Classroom and Google Meet for teachers and students.

Chromebook updates

Google is adding the ability to create screencasts and cast to a big screen with Chromebooks. “We’re adding new features like the Screencast app, built into Chrome OS in M103, where you can record, trim, share and view transcribed screencasts – and create a custom library of videos automatically saved to Google Drive,” said Google in a blog post.

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Additionally, Cast Moderator, an upcoming new mode for selecting devices with Google TV will allow teachers and students to wirelessly share their Chromebook screen to a classroom screen using a passcode. This will only allow those who are in the same classroom as the screen to be able to cast.

Improvements to Google Classroom

It is also rolling out new integrations and tools for Google Classroom to improve teachers’ daily tasks and help students develop their skills. Practice Sets, a new feature in Google Classroom will allow teachers to turn their existing content into interactive assignments.

The feature builds on adaptive learning by giving students instant feedback on their answers and real-time support if they get stuck. It provides automated feedback to teachers to identify potential gaps in student understanding.

Practice sets are now available globally in beta and in English only to Google Workspace for Education customers with Education Plus or Teaching and Learning editions. Add-ons will be available with Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Edition.

It is also expanding its roster import functionality in Google Workspace for Education Plus to 15 additional countries, in partnership with Elevate Data Sync, so that class rosters can be automatically synced with student information systems.

Features of Google Meet

It adds functionality to Google Meet for those using Google Workspace for Education Teaching & Learning and Plus editions. Meet calls can now be automatically transcribed directly into a Google Doc for easy lesson review and the ability to research keywords and concepts.

It also introduces Picture in Picture in Meet to help teachers navigate other Chrome tabs while displaying four thumbnails of students in a Meet call. Additionally, it also adds the ability to add polls and Q&A to live streams and livestream directly to YouTube.

Published on

June 08, 2022

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