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Google announces new features to make virtual education more easy during the pandemic

On Tuesday, Google announced a number of new features to make virtual education easier, including updates to its Google Meet conferencing service and a new homework helper tool that just requires a photo from a phone.

G Suite Enterprise for Education customers will be able to create breakout rooms in Meet starting in October, which could allow virtual classes to break out into smaller group discussions. Also in October, teachers will be able to track attendance in Meet meetings.

And to help Meet moderators and educators on the G Suite Enterprise for Education tier manage classes more easily, Google is also announcing when it will roll out new moderation controls.

Later this month, moderators will be able to stop people from joining meetings after they’ve been kicked from the room or denied from entering two times, which might help prevent people from nefariously disrupting classes.

In September, Google will let moderators end a Meet class for everyone at the same time, bulk approve or reject requests to join a class, turn off in-meeting chat, restrict who can present in a class, and turn on a setting that won’t start a meeting until the teacher has joined.

Apart from all the features Google also shared a new tools to help students learn using their phones. For example, students can now visualize nearly 100 concepts in biology, chemistry, and other STEM topics by searching for them on Google and then looking at a model of that concept in augmented reality on Android and iOS devices. And Google will let students get help with a homework problem just by taking a photo of it using Google Lens or Google-owned education app Socratic.

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