Huge online classes can be overwhelming, not just for teachers but also for students who learn better when interacting with others. To help solve that problem, Google has launched a new Meet feature called “breakout rooms,” which would give educators a way to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls. At the moment, the feature is exclusively available to Enterprise for Education customers, but the tech giant says it will be available to more users (including Education and standard Enterprise customers) later this year.
Google said the ability to group people and put them smaller rooms was highly requested, since it has the potential to increase engagement by allowing simultaneous small group discussions. The call’s creator can make up to 100 breakout rooms in a call. Participants will be randomly and evenly distributed across the rooms, but the organizer can manually move them into different rooms if needed. Moderators
In an astonishingly cool, levelheaded interview that rocked this U.S.-based tech blogger’s world, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton told the Financial Times that the EU is considering a number of regulations that could finally break up big tech and hold platforms accountable for disinformation. Sounds exactly like the conversations we’re having in the U.S.! Except in modest statements to the press and not tweetstorms, human trafficking bills, tarmac press conferences, and executive orders.
Breton told the Financial Times that the EU would like to adopt regulation that sounds like a more legitimate, straightforward path to accomplish what Trump is attempting with the ByteDance/TikTok “deal” (or shakedown, depending on your take). Only in dire cases, Breton says, the EU might resort to forcing tech monopolies to break up or sell their European assets altogether. It seems to be framed less about