In recent months, video calls from tools such as Zoom or Google Meet have been crucial in Spain and other countries where confinement has forced classes to be held remotely. Although telematics education has a lot of potential, a large part of society still does not have the habit and the means to implement it easily.
In terms of tools, Google Meet has added a very interesting integration to make video calls a little more interactive. From now on we will have a new assistant in video calls, a blackboard.
Google Meet video calls now have a whiteboard
You may not know it, but Google has a collaborative whiteboard app. Its name is Jamboard and it is a tool that reinvents the concept of the very useful whiteboards, allowing several users to see how we translate our ideas remotely.
Jamboard is extremely useful, although today it worked as a standalone application and was only active for users of G-Suite, the professional paid version of Google Apps. From now on Jamboard will have more presence than you could ever enjoy.
Google has announced that Google Meet will receive integration with Jamboard. This means that during the video call, a teacher can add their own virtual whiteboard and start taking notes as if they were in class, while everyone can see the tool in real time.
This feature will be fully integrated into the web version of Google Meet, while those in the mobile video call will receive a link to directly open the Jamboard app and view the board while listening to the explanation.
The function is starting to be rolled out today and will be available to everyone in the next few weeks, whether they are G-Suite users or free Google accounts.
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