Weekly post #26 – Google Chat notifications and sharing a guide to Google Meet with parents

Guide to Google Meet for parents and guardians

Two things to check out this week Using Google Chat more for internal communication and customizing notification frequency Google has added more options for notification settings in Google Chat and Chat in Gmail. These additional notification settings give you more control over the amount of notifications you’ll receive based on your level of engagement or … Read more

Weekly post #24 – history, updates and Edpuzzle

BBC Micro

Google Workspace for Education updates coming in 2021 Google recently hosted a virtual event for educators where they announced 50+ updates to the likes of Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Meet and Chromebooks. Read more about the updates here → Chromebook Classroom – Look what Google has planned for 2021! [27 February 2021] Edpuzzle We … Read more

Weekly post #23 – Google Meet has a green room plus the waffle, hamburger, snowman and the shish kebab

The G Suite Waffle

Replace your background in Google Meet It would seem that this feature appeared for us this week. You can now replace your background with an image of your choice. To get the best results you should sit yourself quite close to a wall behind you. The plainer the wall the better the results. Waffle, hamburger, … Read more

Weekly post #19 – additional languages for Meet live captions, multiple page orientations in Google Docs and ‘common systematic misconceptions’

Gapminder Worldview Upgrader

Four things to check out EDU in 90: The Latest, January 2021 A couple of useful Google Meet updates in this latest video from the Google for Education team. Additional language support for live captions in Google Meet Live captions are the automatically generated subtitles as everyone speaks during a video call. Google have expanding … Read more

Weekly post #17 – Google Sites, Earth, Meet and the Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation

The First Journey Around The World

Four things to check out Customize text style and appearance in Google Sites Those of you using Google Sites can now adjust text size, color, font, spacing, and more while typing in a text box. This significantly expands control over how individual words, paragraphs, pages, and sections look. In 2021, Google will add the ability … Read more

Weekly post #15 – Raise your hand, Read&Write, timers and that new look your Gmail has!

Google Meet breakout Room Timer

Four things to check out Read&Write for Google Chrome – A how to guide for students This week it has been great to see a teacher using Read&Write with a whole class. They were using the highlight tool and then the ‘Collect and Clear Highlights’ feature to extract the highlighted text into a new Google … Read more

Making the most of our digital tools (with half an eye on a return to remote learning)

The Campus des Nations Digital Toolbox

Google Meet – ‘Set up’ Content Context support.google.com → Bookmark your Meet link Bookmark the URL of your Meet (the one that is shared via the Google Meet links for PTC & home-based teaching/learning_August 2020 document). Ensuring that your Bookmark Bar is visible can make life a little easier. Create, view & edit bookmarks Blurring … Read more

Weekly post #13 – accepting ‘knocks’, Office editing mode, the Kahoot app and linking to a text fragment

Accept 'knocks' in bulk

Four things to check out Accept ‘knocks’ in bulk You can now accept all pending ‘knocks’ in bulk into your Google Meet. Admitting students all at once helps limit interruptions during the video call. Read more here → Accept knocks in bulk in Google Meet Editing Office files from your Drive Google have changing the … Read more

Approaching ‘hybrid’ teaching in your classroom

Hybrid teaching set-up

Hybrid → something that has two different types of components performing essentially the same function. A useful understanding about the capabilities of laptops and their microphones → the microphones on laptops are not designed to pick up people roaming around in space. They are designed to work best with somebody sitting in front of the … Read more

Weekly post #12 – using (most of) what G Suite Enterprise for Education has to offer

Google Meet - Breakout rooms

Four things to check out All teaching staff now have (continued) use of G Suite Enterprise for Education. The main tools that this service offers you are to be found in Google Meet – and this post will explore the four main tools below. Beyond breakout rooms, polls, Q&A and automatic attendance registers – you … Read more