As part of its ongoing efforts to corner the education market, Google is introducing new classroom-specific features to Chrome OS. The first of these is Screencast, a new integrated app that allows teachers to create a video library of lessons and demonstrations that students can turn to if they miss a class or need help with an assignment. Available from Chrome OS version M103, the software includes tools for trimming and transcribing clips.
Google points out that students can also use the app to create video reports and share ideas with classmates. Additionally, Screencast supports pen input, allowing teachers and students to write and draw on their videos. Sharing is done through Google Drive, allowing students to access content their teachers upload both at school and at home.
The other feature Google introduced today is a new broadcast moderator mode designed to give teachers more control over on-screen presentations and other wirelessly shared content in their classroom. Using a passcode, the feature gives teachers the power to turn off disruptive screencasts. Before making the feature widely available, Google plans to run a pilot program to test the feature with a select group of schools this summer. Once available, it will work with the company’s Chrome browser, Chrome OS, and Google TV devices.
Google also today announced its partnership with Figma, a collaborative graphic design tool, to optimize its software for Chromebooks. Through this partnership, US schools can download a free beta version of the software through the Google Admin console.
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