G Suite Updates
Google continuously rolls out G Suite updates, with a recent focus on Meet. We'll try to keep this page updated with helpful release information. We'll also indicate here whether there are any known issues/outages with G Suite that would affect students' learning.
You might have heard Google is rebranding G Suite as Google Workspace. We only just finished a search-and-replace changing Google Apps to G Suite ;-), so we're not rushing yet to rename things (like this page!). For now and soon, expect to see new icons and to support documents refer to Google Workspace. The two labels -- G Suite and Google Workspace -- are synonymous.
Current G Suite status: Looks like everything is working! If staff think otherwise, reach out to your site tech so we can investigate. You can also directly check the G Suite Status Dashboard where Google alerts us to system issues.
With our continuation of virtual learning, we created this video covering features added to the Meet over the last couple of months, along with pro tips and reminders of best practices. It covers a lot of ground, but there are time codes in the first minute if you want to skip to a particular feature.
Meet Early Access Program for CSD
We participate in Google's Meet Early Access Program (EAP) to test upcoming features: currently handraising is available in the EAP, and EAP participants can read tips and additional info here. Polling, Q&A, breakout rooms, breakout room timers, and Jamboard integration have left the EAP and are generally available.
If you are interested in opting into the EAP, please complete this form. Some things to know:
We encourage folks to uninstall any extensions related to Meet. Here is written guidance of how to uninstall or disable extensions.
Some features available via the EAP might disappear from the EAP before they "reappear" in the general release of a feature.
If you want to opt out of the EAP, please submit a support ticket that clearly states you want to leave the Meet EAP.
Send your feedback on Meet EAP features here.
Learn more about new Meet and Classroom features
Recent G Suite feature releases
Below, you'll see links to feature release notes and blog posts (usually about upcoming features, or going more in-depth about how to use new features) that affect teaching and learning. For features that have not yet fully deployed, we also indicate when you can expect them to arrive for you.
If you're reading the fine print in these and wonder about timing and what version of G Suite (or Google Workspace) we have: we are on the Rapid Release schedule and license Google Workspace Enterprise for Education.
Nov 17: Virtually raise your hand to ask a question in Google Meet - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on November 17
Nov. 4: Accept knocks in bulk in Google Meet - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on November 4
Oct. 8: New safety and collaboration features in Google Meet (summary of recent and upcoming features)
Aug. 11: More details on what's coming to Meet and Classroom (summary of upcoming features)
Drive (including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms)
Oct. 15: Use Smart Fill to help automate data entry in Google Sheets - Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on October 15
Gmail and Chat
Nov. 12: Pin conversations with Google Chat
Nov. 12: Schedule Google Calendar events from Google Chat - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on November 12
Nov. 5: Rooms in Google Chat to be unthreaded by default starting November 16 - Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility) starting on November 16