Chromebooks, Chrome and Workspace updates for collaboration and accessibility
Last year, we launched smart canvas in Docs, Sheets and Slides to transform how collaboration happens in the classroom. Now, teachers can save time with custom building blocks, and facilitate class activities with timer, stopwatch and coming soon, voting chips, all within Docs. We’re also working on updates to Slides and Meet, adding co-presenting in Slides and AI-powered hand raise gesture detection in Meet, coming later this year.
We’re also rolling out 13 new Chromebooks built with features to ensure students and teachers can collaborate on devices, like some with bigger screens, touchscreens, and styluses built in. We’re adding more controls to cast moderator, like the ability to pause your screen while presenting, or switch tabs.
We build accessibility features directly into our education tools so every learner can access information in a way that works for them. For students with reading disabilities like dyslexia, we’re building reading mode, a customizable reader view coming to the side panel in Chrome browser. Reading mode helps reduce distracting elements on the screen — like images and videos— to assist students in focusing on a page’s primary content.