Google Reveals Plans for New Meet Functionality
- By Dian Schaffhauser
has gone public with some of its plans
for updates to Meet,
the web conferencing tool that's part of the company's G
Suite for Education.
The basic thrust is to give teachers more control over their
real-time sessions and help them make the classes more engaging.
the updates expected this year are these:
will have more control over who gets in and what they can do once
they're in virtual classes. If a teacher ejects a student from a
meeting, the student won't be able to ask to rejoin ("knock").
If the teacher rejects a knock twice, it won't show up anymore on
his or her interface during the session.
a class is over, teachers can end the session for everybody at once.
default setting will prevent anonymous attendees from joining an
education session, though schools will be able to opt-in and allow
anonymous participations for designated sessions.
teachers and students will be able to blur out their backgrounds or
replace them with presets or uploaded images, through the teacher
will maintain control to disable that particular functionality.
will also be able to mute all participants, disable in-meeting chat
and restrict who can present.
additional setting will require that the moderator join in on the
session before the class begins.
will include a hand-raising function that will prevent class
disruptions until the teacher is ready to take questions or
collaborative whiteboard will help participants share their ideas.
larger tiled view will allow the teacher to show up to 49
participants at one time.
closed captions will be available in languages besides just English.
Mock-ups of expected functionality in Google Meet, planned for release sometime this year.
has also announced premium features, such as the ability to track
attendance based on who has joined the class; breakout room
functionality; and question-and-answer and polling to encourage
student participation at key moments.
company hasn't announced timing for the features, other than to state
that they'll appear in the application this year. However, it did
reveal one interesting metric. According to Google, some 140 million
educators and students are now using the online suite of programs.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.