Remote classes become essential
When the COVID-19 pandemic came to Sweden, remote classes became a necessity. “We had used video tools for teacher training and a few presentations,” says Tybåhl, “but never for classes.” That all had to change as both students and teachers began working from home. “Our teachers were inundated with choices for free video conferencing services,” says Tybåhl, “but we decided to keep it simple and stay with Google.”
As teachers made greater use of Google Meet to teach students remotely, one request came up repeatedly. Teachers wanted to divide students into groups in order to have them work on separate projects on their own, or to provide more attention to students who need coaching. In the absence of a breakout rooms feature, teachers would use complicated workarounds, such as creating individual Meet sessions for each student group.
“The teachers had to set up multiple meetings at once, then try to navigate between all the meetings,” says Per Joelson, education strategist for Norrköping. “It was cumbersome and not a good solution.”