Washington (US), June 8: Google Meet has rolled out an automatic transcription feature for educators signed up to Google's Workspace for Education Plus and Teaching and Learning Upgrade plans.
As per The Verge, the text-based documents should take up less space than a full recording for educators wishing to store or share their past lessons and may also make it easier to review, search through, and send lessons to students.
Google has also added polls and Q&A sessions for teachers who use Meet to live stream their lessons, potentially increasing participation. These features were previously available in standard meetings but were not available during livestreams.
According to the outlet, the company has also expanded the reach of Meet livestreams by allowing schools to livestream events such as school board meetings or assemblies directly to YouTube. Previously, Workspace users had two options for creating livestreams.
While one restricts the audience to only 500 individuals within an organisation, another allows users to organise live stream events for up to 100,000 people in the same Workspace. This update should allow more people to tune in because livestreaming to YouTube allows anyone to watch (unless the video is set private).
Apart from Meet, there's a new Screencast app, which Google says is built into ChromeOS as part of the M103 update. Teachers can record, trim, transcribe, and share on-screen lessons, while students can re-watch classes from Google Drive and make their own videos using the screen-recording tool.
According to The Verge, if teachers are using a Chromebook with a touchscreen, they can also use Screencast to draw or write on the video. Gmail will also receive an update that will allow users to add alt-text to their photographs. This will be useful for people who use screen readers because it will show them what's in their email.