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Google Meet for Teachers Can Automatically Transcribe Lessons in a Google Doc

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Google Meet has an automatic transcription feature for teachers enrolled in Google’s Workspace for Education Plus and Teaching and Learning upgrade plans. Text documents should take up less space than a full record for educators looking to store or share their past lessons and can also make it easier to review, find, and send lessons to students.

Google also offers polls and Q&A sessions for teachers who use Meet to livestream their lessons, which could open up more possibilities for interactivity. These features were already available in standard meetings, but not in live broadcasts.

Google is also expanding the reach of Meet’s live streams, as it now allows schools to live stream events, such as meetings or school board assemblies, directly to YouTube. Previously, Google gave Workspace users two options for creating livestreams. While one limits the audience to just 500 people within an organization, another gives users the ability to create live events for up to 100,000 people who are part of the same workspace. This update should give more people the ability to tune in, as live streaming on YouTube means anyone can watch (unless the video is made private).

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Outside of Meet, there’s also a new Screencast app that Google says is coming to ChromeOS as part of its M103 update. This allows teachers to record, trim, transcribe and share on-screen lessons while giving students the ability to review lessons from Google Drive and create their own videos with the tool. screen recording. Google notes that teachers can also use Screencast to draw or write on the video if they’re using a Chromebook with a touchscreen. There’s also an update coming to Gmail that lets users add alt text to their images. This is useful for people using screen readers, as it lets them know what is included in their email.

While these updates may seem minor, they align with Google’s larger efforts to expand its foothold in education, which Google has been building since the remote learning boom during the COVID-19 pandemic. .

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