Google Meet Updates for tomorrow

Hi, Blog Followers!
I know this is off my usual goal of sending only one email to you per week. However, there are a couple things I wanted to make sure you were aware of before doing your Google Meets tomorrow.
  • Built in blurry background was announced 2 days ago. It will be hitting your account within the next 13 days. It will not be available on Chromebooks. More information about how to use it can be found on their blog post here.
  • When you view the people tab, you can mute students. However, the student is the only one who can unmute themselves because of privacy concerns (allowing you to hear something that you shouldn't be privy to).
  • If you have a student who is in your room and should not be, you can click on the remove button when you find them in your people list. Removing them will PREVENT THEM FROM RETURNING. So don't do it to students that are supposed to be in your class. :)
  • New moderation controls have been released since last week. If you are the host of the meeting, click on the blue shield towards the bottom right of you screen to access the following moderation controls:
  • You can now change your layout (three dots in the bottom right and then "Change Layout") to include up to 49 students on the screen at one time. This should mean that we can remove the Grid extension from Chrome. If you think otherwise, please let me know.

Breakout rooms are still in development, but hopefully they are announced soon. If you want to follow the updates, you can do so by checking out Google's blog. But I'll keep you posted if there are updates that I think you should know about!

Sincerely, 
Susie Simmons

Technology Coach for Bonny Eagle Middle School & High School
Pathfinders - Spring Girls Trip Leader (Grades 7-8)
ACTEM Board Member: Tech Integrator SIG Position
Google Certified Trainer  |  Google Certified Educator Level 2  |  Apple Teacher
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