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 and Jamboard integration have left the EAP and are generally available. Future EAP features might include replacing the background, a shutdown timer for breakout rooms, and other features.
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.
Oct. 30: Replace your background in Google Meet [Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows] - Gradual rollout to eligible devices (up to 7 days for feature visibility) starting on October 30
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. 27: Office editing mode is now the default editing mode for Office files in Drive on the web - Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on October 27
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
Oct. 15: New default video playback option in Google Slides - Gradual rollout (Up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on October 14