Weekly post #4

The wonderful world of educational technologies continues to spin during our summer holidays. There have been a number of developments related to platforms that we use. Several companies have also released roadmaps of future changes.

A request…

Please sign into Chrome with your school Google Account. This not only allows your bookmarks etc to be synchronised etc but it allows us (IT) to support you more easily.

A useful read from Google here → Get more out of Google Meet with these tips.


Four things to check out

ManageBac Mobile Push Notifications

We are excited to introduce advanced Push Notifications for both the ManageBac Android and iOS mobile apps. All important messages and notifications can now be sent directly to your mobile device via the Push Notifications.

Read more here → ManageBac Mobile Push Notifications

Anonymous users are now blocked from Google Meet for G Suite for Education meetings by default

Google Meet

Anonymous users (users not signed into a Google account) can no longer join meetings organized by anyone with a G Suite for Education or G Suite Enterprise for Education license

Read more here → Anonymous users will be blocked from Google Meet for G Suite for Education meetings by default

Block Google Meet participants from knocking again

Google Meet

If a meeting moderator rejects a knock twice from the same participant, the participant will be blocked from knocking again. This means the moderator won’t see any additional knocks from that user for the duration of the existing meeting.

Read more here → Block Google Meet participants from knocking again

The Google Meet Grid View Extension has broken

Google Meet

The Chrome extension we have been using to give the grid view in Google Meet is a ‘hack’. It’s not an official release from Google but is it from a respected source. Google have changed some of the magic sauce they use and therefore the extension no longer works. If you are signed into Chrome with your school Google account the next time to turn off-on your laptop in school the broken extension should be removed. I recommend that you remove the broken extension if it doesn’t happen automatically. Google have announced a 7 by 7 (49 participants) grid view in Google Meet from September (but they didn’t say from when in September).


Coming soon…

A useful (and possibly exciting read) from Google here → More details on what’s coming to Meet and Classroom.

Filter out disruptive noise in Google Meet

To help limit interruptions to your meeting, Google Meet can now intelligently filter out background noise like keyboard typing, doors opening and closing, and construction outside your window.

Read more here → Filter out disruptive noise in Google Meet

An integrated workspace in G Suite to help you make the most of your time

A new integrated workspace experience that brings Chat, Meet, and Gmail together on desktop and mobile

Read more here → Coming soon: An integrated workspace in G Suite to help you make the most of your time