What’s new in Google Workspace for schools and trusts in Autumn 2022?

21 October, 2022

What’s new in Google Workspace for schools and trusts in Autumn 2022?

Welcome to your guide to what’s new in Google Workspace for schools and trusts in Autumn 2022. In this blog, we talk about some exciting new updates for Google Meet and Google Chat.

Welcome to your guide to what’s new in Google Workspace for schools and trusts in Autumn 2022. In this blog, we talk about some exciting new updates for Google Meet and Google Chat.

Google Workspace is a popular tool for many of our customers, so we wanted to create a regular roundup of the most useful new updates for teachers and educators.

Transcribe speech from Google Meet calls into a Google Doc.

Transcriptions of meetings are great for making calls more accessible, but also for serving as a record for attendees or perhaps those who couldn’t attend the meeting at the original time.

With Google Meet, you now have the option to automatically transcribe speech into a Google Doc. It also automatically attaches itself to the associated calendar invite for the meeting – reducing admin time and keeping everyone in the loop.

This could be useful for staff meetings as well as blended learning lessons hosted via video call, which is why we included it in this Google Workspace for schools roundup.

Find out more about transcribing calls in Google Meet here.

Transcribe speech from Google Meet calls into a Google Doc.

Conversation summaries in Google Chat.

If you’re anything like us, you’re always battling your email inbox, messages, chat threads and other notifications.

Google is introducing “conversation summaries” in Google Chat, allowing you to quickly catch up on unread messages.

Note: This is only available to schools using a paid Google Education license.

Here’s a little bit more about it.

Conversation summaries in Google Chat.

Present Google Slides directly in Google Meet.

Sharing your entire screen in a meeting can result in a multitude of problems; attendees seeing that cute-but-distracting photo of your dog on desktop wallpaper and the fact that while you’re presenting, you can’t see or engage with your audience.

Google Meet now allows you to open up Slides from meetings.  So, your colleagues, students – or whoever you’re presenting to – only ever see the slides that are meant for their eyes (and you won’t have to apologise for the ridiculous number of tabs open in your browser!).

Note: This is only available to schools using a paid Google Education license.

Learn about presenting Google Slides in Meet here.

Present Google Slides directly in Google Meet.

Custom emojis coming to Chat.

This last one is just for fun!

Custom emojis are coming to Google Chat, meaning you can add a bit of personality to your spaces by creating your own emojis.

Of course, there are some limits available on this that allow admins to restrict who can create a new emoji, so everything remains within school guidelines.

Here’s a bit more about how to create a custom emoji in Google Chat.

Custom-emojis-in-Google-Workspace-for-schools

Our Salamander Integration Suite helps schools effortlessly manage user accounts in Google Workspace, giving teachers and students access to everything they need to teach and learn. Talk to a member of our team today to find out how we can support your school or trust.


Courtney Farrow

Written by Courtney Farrow

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