Day 10 of Google 2020 – Google Meet & Simulator

We have made to it Day 10. I truly enjoy doing this each year. There is so much information out there. Lots of changes. My hope is that you were able to take some new knowledge back with you over the past two weeks from these bit sized learning opportunities.

GOOGLE MEETS

Our district decided to go the route of Google Meets for all remote instruction. Meets sure has seen big changes over the past few months. While there is still room for improvement, teachers over all in our district has been happy with the enhancements that have been added.

Just this week, Google announced that they are adding Captions for languages beyond English. Students will have the ability to turn on captions under the settings gear of their Google Meet. There is also indication that once a setting is set, it will remember the language that was chosen. This is a user setting, so a teacher cannot force this on the student.

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A couple of weeks ago, Google Meets also added a feature where students have the ability to ask for help while in a breakout room.

In order to help staff with learning the ins and outs of the tool, we curated resources in one slide presentation. To access features of Google Meet, click HERE to open in a new window.

CHROMEBOOK SIMULATOR

This was a great find. There are many times where a teacher will say “I wish I knew what the process students had to take to do a certain task” (our students have Chromebooks and our teachers have mac computers). This website helps give a perspective as to what that looks like. Want to know the top keyboard shortcuts on a Chromebook? Want to know how to turn on accessibility features on a Chromebook? These questions and more can be answered on the website simulator.

Happy Holidays everyone! And that is my Spiel…

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