Tuesday, October 5, 2021

New Google Meet Settings for Google Classroom Users

For many of us virtual meetings and online classes aren't going away anytime soon. Google has responded to that by steadily adding more features to Google Meet over the last eighteen months. The latest features improve handling of Google Meet within Google Classroom. 

Now when you use the Meet link within Google Classroom students will be placed into a waiting room until you arrive via the Meet link in your Classroom. Additionally, students who are not on the class roster will have to ask to join the meeting. Finally, all co-teachers for your Google Classroom are automatically co-hosts in your meeting. 

These new features will be rolling out to all Google Workspace for Education users over the next couple of weeks. You can read the full details of the roll-out here on the Google Workspace Updates blog

Applications for Education
The point about students who are not on the class roster having to ask to join could cause some confusion for students who use and are signed into multiple Google accounts. For example, a students who have personal Gmail accounts as well as school-issued Google accounts will need to make sure that they aren't signed into their personal accounts when trying to join the Meet via Google Classroom.

A Great Way to Explore Newspapers of the World

At the end of August I shared a couple of neat ways to explore newspapers of the world through interactive maps. Over the weekend, thanks to Larry Ferlazzo, I learned about another interactive map of newspapers from around the world. 

Today's Front Pages is an interactive display of the front pages of nearly 500 newspapers from around the world. You can view the display as a grid, as a list, or as an interactive map. When you click on one of the front pages it enlarges in a pop-up so that you can read it. From that pop-up window you can also download the front page as a PDF and or click through the newspaper's website to read more. 


Applications for Education

Today's Front Pages could be a great resource for students to use to compare reporting about topics and events around the world. One way that I'd use Today's Front Pages is to pick a front-page story from our local newspaper and then assign regions of the world or states to each student to summarize how the same story was reported elsewhere, if at all.