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Google Classroom for Android will also work offline later this year

Google Classroom for Android will also work offline later this year

The global pandemic has drastically increased the adoption of online education tools, as conducting classes shifts to within the safety of one's home. Google Classroom has proven to be a reliable solution, and today serves more than 140 million students. Now Google is announcing how it aims to further enhance the service for students with some new functionality.

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Google is sending Expeditions on a tour of the afterlife

Google is sending Expeditions on a tour of the afterlife

Killing off beloved products can be difficult to do, but Google has gotten pretty good at it over the years. The company even put up a cemetery filled with its own products for Halloween last year. Now it looks like another tombstone needs to be installed, because Google has announced that it's sending Expeditions, its educational VR tour app, on one last outing — and it isn't coming back.

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Here's when blurred backgrounds, hand-raising, and more are coming to Google Meet

Here's when blurred backgrounds, hand-raising, and more are coming to Google Meet

With the onset of COVID-19 and the rising need for talking remotely, video chatting services have shot up in popularity. Google may have been slower to the party than Zoom, but it's planning to arrive fashionably late. As part of a focus on providing educational tools for stay-at-home students this semester, the company is revealing a timeline for the previously announced new features in Meet that will help virtual classrooms function more like the real thing.

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Google Lens gets more helpful with homework, especially math and science questions

Google Lens gets more helpful with homework, especially math and science questions

Google Lens has long been a handy tool for things like figuring out what food you want to order or finding out if that plant taking over your backyard is actually a weed. It even added the ability to copy text to a computer earlier this year. Now it's gaining some helpful new capabilities when it comes to homework assistance, just in time for the upcoming school year.

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Google puts Expeditions, the VR app designed for classrooms, in the Play Store after long trial period

Google puts Expeditions, the VR app designed for classrooms, in the Play Store after long trial period

Google first talked about Expeditions way back at I/O 2015, after which they began trying it out with a large number of classrooms worldwide. Using the magic of VR, Expeditions would allow educators to take their students on realistic escapades into far-off lands. At long last, Google is making the app available to anyone who wants it.

Using a viewer like Google Cardboard and a smartphone, people can go on (self-)guided tours of places like Machu Picchu, Antarctica, the International Space Station, and even the now-defunct studio of The Colbert Report.

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To go as a group, it works like an old-fashioned LAN party.

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