Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
An exciting new feature has been rolled out in Google Classroom..... Text formatting. You can now customize your posts in Google Classroom with this new feature.
When creating a new stream post or assignment, you now have access to the text formatting. At the bottom of the text input box, you can find the text formatting options.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
The April newsletter has been published. You can view it here: April 2021 Brightspace Newsletter
Monday, March 8, 2021
Google Meet: End Call for All
With the new “end call for all” feature, teachers will now be able to end the Google Meet for all of their students at once. This new feature will ensure students will not be able to remain in the Meet without a teacher present, nor will they be able to re-enter the Meet, without a teacher present.
How does this work?
When the host (the teacher) of the Meet clicks on the red phone to end the Google Meet, they will be prompted with two choices, to “Just leave the call” or to “End the call”:
Just leave the call - if you choose to just leave the call all of the participants in the Meet will be able to remain in the Meet without the host present. You would only choose this if you are meeting with other staff.
End the call- (CHOOSE THIS OPTION) this option will end the Meet for all participants. Students will receive a note that states “your host ended the meet for everyone”. Ending the meet for all automatically turns off quick access, therefore, no one can rejoin the meeting, without a teacher present. Students will not be able to rejoin the Meet.
What does this mean for me as a classroom teacher?
-The Meet link can now always remain in your Google Classroom banner. It is no longer necessary to make the meet link invisible.
-When you are absent, the occasional teacher can now use the Meet link in your Google Classroom baner, rather than creating their own Meet link and pasting the link into the stream. If you will be absent please ensure that the Google Classroom link now remains visible.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
The March newsletter has been published. You can view it here: March 2021 Brightspace Newsletter
Monday, February 22, 2021
New features coming in the next few months
1. End Meeting for Everyone
2. Muting Controls
Google Meet has already released the mute all button. Hosts can now mute all the participants in the Meet by clicking on this button. Coming in the next few months, hosts will also be able to control when participants can un-mute themselves.
3. Set up Breakout Rooms ahead of time
Teachers will be able to set up break-out rooms before the Meet starts. This will be done through the Google Calendar.
New features coming later this year
1. Multiple Hosts
Any Google Meet that is not created through Classroom will have the ability to have multiple hosts. This will make it easier to facilitate classes.
2. Google Meets Created through Classroom
A new feature that is slated for later this year will be for Google Meets that are generated through Google Classroom. For these Meets:
- only students and teachers in the class will be able to join the Meet
- all teachers in the class will have shared host controls of the Meet
3. Emoji Reactions
1. Rich Text Formatting
2. Originality Reports in new languages
Originality reports will soon be available in new languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Finnish, German, Korean, Danish, Malay, and Hindi.
3. Student Engagement Tracking
4. Offline Learning for Students
5. Improved pictures of homework for students
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