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New tool aids teachers convert video courses to text based documents

Google is also broadening the reach of Meet livestreams

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Google Meet for Teachers gets a new automatic transcription feature

Google Meet’s new tool aids teachers to convert video courses to text-based documents.

Google Meet will now include a new tool in the form of automated transcribing for teachers that subscribe to Google’s Workspace for Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrade programmes. Text-based documents should take up less space than full recordings for educators wishing to store or distribute prior courses, and they may also make it easier to evaluate, search through, and send lessons to students.

Google is also introducing polls and Q&A sessions as a part of the new tool to teachers who utilise Meet to webcast their lessons, potentially increasing participation. These features were previously available in conventional meetings but were not available during livestreams.

Google Meet is expanding

Google is also broadening the reach of Meet livestreams, allowing schools to broadcast events such as school board meetings and assemblies straight to YouTube. Workspace users had two choices for generating livestreams previously. While one restricts the audience to 500 individuals inside an organisation, another allows users to organise live stream events for up to 100,000 people in the same Workspace. Because livestreaming to YouTube allows anybody to view (unless the video is kept private), this change should provide more people with an opportunity to tune in.

Outside of Meet, Google has included a new Screencast app to ChromeOS as part of the M103 update, according to Google. This allows professors to record, cut, transcribe, and distribute on-screen classes, while students may review lessons from Google Drive and use the screen-recording tool to produce their own films. If they’re using a Chromebook with a touchscreen, instructors may also utilise Screencast to draw or write on the video. Gmail is also getting an upgrade that will allow users to add alt-text to their photographs. This is useful for folks who use screen readers since it tells them what’s in their email.

While these changes may appear small, they are part of Google’s wider drive to enhance its presence in education. The company has been working on these since the COVID-19 outbreak sparked a surge in remote learning.

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