Google has today introduced a suite of updates to its online education tools, which have been accelerated by the adoption and further development of the epidemic, including Google Classroom, Google Meet and the next generation of G Suite for Education, which It has now been reintroduced as the Google Workspace for Education. Overall, Google is promising more than 50 new features in its education products, with a focus on admissions requirements of teachers and teachers, in addition to students.
When Google first introduced Google Classroom, it was not ready to build a learning management system (LMS), the company says. But during the COVID-19 epidemic, Google found that many teachers had started using the classroom as a “hub” for their online learning activities. Today, the service is used by over 150 million students, teachers and school students, up from just 40 million last year.
As a result of epidemic-driven adoption and user feedback, Google is introducing several new features for the classroom this year, some of which will be made available sooner than others.
To better cater to those using the classroom as an online learning hub, a new market of classroom “add-ons” later this year allows teachers to select their favorite edtech tools and materials and to help students Will allow to assign directly, without the need for extras. log in. Admins will also be able to install these add-ons for other teachers in their domain.
Also later this year, student information systems (SIS) will be able to populate classes in advance with roster syncing and for select SIS customers, the grades of students from the class can be exported directly to SIS. Additional logging, including classroom audit logs (to look for things like student evictions or who have stored a class), as well as classroom activity logs (to check adoption and engagement) will be available soon.
When students attend in-school, teachers can easily see if the student is falling behind. A new set of classroom tools aims to do the same for virtual learning. With the new student engagement tracking feature, teachers will be able to see relevant statistics about how students are interacting with the class, such as how students presented assignments on a given day or commented on a post, for example.
Other devices will deal with the realities of working from home, where Internet connections are not always reliable, or – for some low-income students – are not available at all. With an updated Classroom Android app, students will be able to start their work offline, assign assignments, open drive attachments, and write to Google Docs without an Internet connection. The work will be synced when the connection is available again. And when students upload photos and assign assignments, the new equipment will allow students to combine photos into a single document, rotate pictures and drawings, and adjust lighting.
The class will also have support for rich text formatting – such as bold, italic, web and adding bullets on iOS and Android.
Originality report, which helps detect plagiarism, soon available in 15 languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Finnish, German, Korean, Danish, Malaysian and Hindi Will be.
And Google’s own independent, introductory computer science course, CS First, is immediately available in the classroom.
Beyond the classroom, Google Meet is also being updated keeping in mind the needs of teachers.
There should be a new feature in the next few weeks, which is a “mute all” button to bring teachers back into the classroom. In April, teachers will also be able to control when a student can unmute themselves, as well.
Other moderation controls will also roll out this year, including controls that can include meetings, share or chat with your screen from your iOS and Android devices. Policies that include video calls will be determined by admissions in April, as well as enabling regulations around student-to-student connections across districts, opportunities for professional development for teachers, outsiders going to a classroom Speakers and more. Students will not be able to attend class-generated meats until their teacher arrives. Meanwhile, teachers will be made hosts so that many teachers can share the weight of management classes.
Google Meet is also adding engagement and inclusion facilities for students. Students will be able to select emoji skin tones to respond to in the classroom, along with emoji, which the teacher will be able to control.
Finally, Google’s “G Suite for Education”, which includes Classroom, Meet, Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more, will be rewritten as Google Workspace for Education. The tools themselves, now used by 170 million students and teachers globally, will not change. But the set will be available in four versions instead of just two to better accommodate a wide variety of needs.
The Google Workspace for Free Edition Education Fundamentals will be rewritten, and will remain largely the same. The paid version, meanwhile, will be available in three levels: Google Workspace for Education Standards and Google Workspace for Education Plus, as well as teaching and learning upgrades, which provide the basics or standards for providing video communications at Google Meet Can be added to. , And other classroom tools like Originality Report.
The Standard has everything in basics, including enhanced security through a security center, audit logs and advanced mobile management. Plus has three other versions as well as advanced security and analytics, teaching and learning capabilities, and more.
Fundamental and Plus are available today and others will go live by April 14, 2021. Those who already have G Suite for Enterprise for Education will be upgraded to Education Plus.
Related to these changes, the storage model will be updated to a new, pooled storage option, which aims to better allocate storage resources to educational institutions. The new model provides schools and universities with a baseline of 100 TB of shared by all users, which becomes effective for current customers in July 2022, and will be effective for new customers in 2022. Google says that less than 1% of institutions will be affected by the updated model, which supports more than 100 million documents or 8 million presentations or 400,000 hours of video to get a baseline size.
The company plans several updates to the education product line for its Google workspace in the coming weeks, including drafts saved in Google Forms (in Fundamentals) Google Meeting Meeting Tapes (in Teaching and Learning Upgrades) and more .
Outside of software product updates, Google is launching more than 40 new Chromebooks, including a set of “Always Connected” branded devices, with an LTE connectivity option built into them. Chrome’s screen reader, Chromevox, has also been improved with new tutorials, capabilities. Find the ChromeVox menu and sound switching that automatically changes the voice of the screen reader based on the language of the text.
Parents, who are now participating in their child’s online learning in many ways, will be able to link their child’s personal account to their child’s Google account with Family Link – Google’s parental control software. This means that children can still log into their school applications and accounts, while parents ensure that they stay focused on learning by restricting other app and overall device usage.