What’s new with Google for Education?

Practice sets in Google Classroom

Practice sets lean into adaptive learning by giving students instant feedback on their answers and real-time support if they get stuck. This provides automated insights for teachers to identify potential gaps in students’ understanding. Practice sets are now globally available in beta, for Google Workspace for Education customers with Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrade editions. For more information, click here.

Classroom Add-ons

Classroom add-ons make it possible for students and teachers to use more than 15 EdTech tools without an additional login. This removes the need for students to remember extra passwords and navigate websites to find an assignment. Admins can select which add-ons to set up for their school. Teachers can then explore each add-on’s customizable experience for browsing content, creating unique assignments and grading. EdTech favorites like Kahoot!, Pear Deck, Nearpod, and IXL are constantly being added to.

Screencast app on Chrome OS

With the new Screencast app built into Chrome OS, teachers can record, trim, transcribe, and share lessons or demos to build a custom library of recorded educational content. After they’ve recorded a lesson or demo, they can add screenshots and resources to make the content even more engaging. They can even draw or write on the recorded educational content using a touchscreen or stylus to illustrate key concepts. Students can create their own recorded reports to share ideas and learnings, or access lessons easily on Google Drive – at school or from home. To get the Screencast app, educators must update their Chrome OS operating system to M103.

Cast moderator

Coming to select devices with Google TV, cast moderator is a new mode that enables both teachers and students to wirelessly share their Chromebook screen to a class display using an access code. This is restricted to only those in the same classroom as the display being able to cast to it.

More Google Meet features

Meet calls can be auto-transcribed directly into a Google Doc for easy lesson reviews and the ability to search for keywords and concepts. You can now keep tabs on your class and present from another tab. With Picture in Picture in Meet, you can navigate other tabs in Chrome while viewing 4 tiles of students in a Meet call. You can also add polls and Q&A to Live-streams, and live-stream directly to YouTube to test student engagement and understanding.

These features are available to schools with Google Workspace for Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrade.

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