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

Weekly post #11 – ⌘/Ctrl + D, default video playback option in Google Slides and how are your students dealing with their email inboxes?

Google Meet

Four things to check out Google Meet keyboard shortcuts If you are ever wondering about the keyboard shortcuts for a Google Workspace (aka G Suite) application – try opening the application and pressing ‘?’. The most useful keyboard shortcut in Google Meet is probably → ⌘/Ctrl + d which mutes and unmutes the microphone. Read … Read more

Weekly post #10 – Jamboard in Meet, Kahoot question types and Google Workspace

Kahoot question types

Four things to check out Digital whiteboarding integration in Google Meet With the new Google Jamboard and Google Meet integration, you can now create or open an existing jam while on a Meet video call. This digital whiteboarding integration means you can use the Jamboard virtually to host collaborative brainstorming sessions with your coworkers or … Read more

Weekly post #7 – Blurring your background and opening what you want

Google Meet help sheet

Three things to check out Blur your background in Google Meet To help limit distractions during lessons (and meetings), you can now blur the background of your video in Google Meet. When it’s turned on, Meet will intelligently separate you from the background, blurring your surroundings while keeping you clear and in focus. I feel … Read more