In this era of social distancing where many students are forced to learn by only using their computers or phones at home, Google develops new tools that can help in virtual education.
On Tuesday, Google publicly announced that starting September, moderators of Google Meet and Classroom can prohibit previously removed participants from joining meetings, manage to join requests in bulk, and end the meeting altogether after a class, among other controls. The additional tool is also designed for a teacher to be the first to join, instead of other participants like students.
Google said that educators and students inspired them to level up their tools for which they will also provide larger tiled views with a 7x7 grid for a teacher to see up to 49 students at once when having a class.
Google is also planning to provide teachers the ability to track their virtual attendance using Google Meet by October. And by next year, it is expected to add a hand-raising feature and Q and A features so that when students ask questions, they won’t disrupt the flow of a class.
The Pandemic’s Impact on Education
School closures caused by the COVID-19 has become a major obstacle by governments in most parts of the world. Students are forced to take online classes instead of doing the traditional way, physically attending a class. In the US, college students are now taking online courses while thousands of schoolchildren are still prompted to attend in-person classes.
Unfortunately, reports of children testing positive and even dying are present across the United States.
As of August 12, in Georgia, 1,000 students were put in quarantine and in Tallahassee, Florida, 3 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, including a 19-year-old custodian in a school and his mom who was a former employee of Fort Braden School.