Google has announced some of the features it plans to offer for educators this year as it intends to maintain and maintain online classes at Meet, even if schools are reopening. The tech giant will allow those who use Meet for Education to blur or change their background with images previously uploaded or uploaded by the user.
G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education users are planned to offer more moderator features; these include an end-of-meeting plugin for all attendees to ensure that no students are left after a class is over. Moderators can also mute all participants at the same time, disable in-meeting chat for participants, and restrict who can offer. In addition, the meetings will be adjusted to not start before a moderator arrives.
In addition, users expelled from a meeting will no longer be able to “knock” again, and Meet will no longer show “knock (login request)” after being denied twice by a moderator. To make meetings safer, it also prevents anonymous participants from attending Training meetings by default, but anonymous users will be able to attend classes only if schools allow it.
In addition to these moderator features, Google also offers a larger designed view that can display up to 49 participants at the same time. Training sessions will come with a ‘hand-raised button’ and an integrated ‘whiteboard’, as well as access subtitles in additional languages. While all the features mentioned above will be available to all educational users, Google also plans to offer a few premium features for Enterprise users, including student participation and breakout rooms, so that educators can divide classes into smaller groups.