New teaching and learning features in Google Workspace for Education

More flexibility, integration and accessibility with Slides and Meet

We’re also building more flexibility and accessibility into Google Workspace for Education tools. These improvements to Slides and Meet are available for Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Education Plus users:

  • See your Slides speaker notes while presenting in Meet: Presenters can now see their speaker notes while presenting, helping them build their presentation skills and their confidence.
  • Manage slides with a co-presenter: With co-presenting in Slides, two or more people can manage slides together — including advancing slides and playing videos — for a smoother presentation. Co-presenting will roll out in the coming months.
  • Add closed captions to Meet recordings: You can now add captions in English, French, German, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish to Meet recordings, with more languages coming later this year.

In addition to these features, admins with Education Plus can now add custom images that students and educators can use as their Meet backgrounds.

And to help make meetings feel more natural, AI-powered Hand Raise Gesture Detection is coming to all Google Workspace for Education users. When you physically raise your hand, Meet will automatically raise the Hand Raise icon and move you to the main grid. Hand Raise Gesture Detection will roll out in the coming months.