Google is preparing a number of new updates and features for the new course to provide users with additional tools to help them meet their online training needs. In a context where it is unknown if in-person courses are returning or how Google is announcing major improvements to some of its educational products.
In the coming months, Google Meet users will be able to see up to 49 participants on stage and draw with digital whiteboards
One of the newest tools for teachers and students will be Google Meet, Google’s video conferencing platform. Among them, the improvement in the mosaic view of users with cameras on, which will go by, should be highlighted 16 to 49 participants at the same time in the same picture. This feature was announced last June, but Google will include it in the updates available from September.
Google Meet will also incorporate a digital whiteboard called Jamboard in September, which launched as a standalone drawing and creating app online back in 2017, but is now becoming part of the video calling application. Additionally, Google will add the option in October Blur and replace backgrounds of users during a video conference.
For users who are part of the G Suite group in the education sector, they will be able to create small group rooms on Google Meet to from October Divide the participants. This allows an education center to create a meeting and internally segregate the participants of a video conference by section, age, topic, time, or any segmentation. In the same month of October, teachers also have a control and monitoring function to determine whether or not the students are actually taking part in virtual classes.
Google has also thought of users who are hosts or moderators in Google Meet. Features will be activated for them at the end of August to prevent users who have been withdrawn from the rooms from being able to re-enter – up to twice. In September, you will add a button to end the meeting for all participants at the same time. That way, you don’t have to wait for the last one to leave the virtual classroom. In addition, they can massively allow or deny the participation of participants without having to go one after the other. They can also deactivate chat rooms and forbid participants from speaking to one another. You can also activate that students cannot enter the room before the teacher does.
Most of these features that Google will implement in Google Meet already have Zoom. This application has seen 354% user growth in a full year and is not only one of the most widely used video conferencing apps for socializing with family and friends, it is also widely used in educational settings. Google Meet wants to compete with and gain a foothold with all of these novelties.
What’s new in Google Lens
However, Google isn’t just updating Google Meet to meet users’ educational needs. He is also working on a new search method that students can then use to find information on the Internet Take a picture with your phone to a problem, for example math, physics, chemistry, among other subjects. Google Lens allows users to find solutions to these problems as shown in this video below:
Currently, users can use Google Socratic, one of the most downloaded apps in 2017, which not only shows the result of math formulas but also teaches problem solving step by step.
You can also search for STEM (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics in the lab in a 3D format by using their iOS and Android phones with Augmented Reality technology directly with Google, as shown below ::