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, expect to see support documents outside of csdecatur.net to 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.
Meet Early Access Program for CSD
We participate in Google's Meet Early Access Program (EAP) to test upcoming features. There are currently no major features available for testing in the EAP, but that can change. Handraising, 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.
We created this video covering features added to Meet this summer and fall, 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.
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. You can also look ahead at (non-exhaustive) G Suite features that are in development.
Jan. 12: New tools to troubleshoot network and performance issues in Google Meet - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on January 12
Jan. 7: Join a meeting with new options on the Google Meet landing page - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on January 7
Dec. 15: Turn Google Meet Quick access on or off from Google Calendar - Extended rollout expected to be completed in January
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)
Classroom and Drive (including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms)
Gmail and Chat
Nov. 12: Pin conversations with Google Chat