Google launches Meet breakout rooms for small group discussions

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 can also jump from one room to another to monitor and join discussions.

The feature has started rolling out and will soon be available to all Enterprise for Education customers. Google has been conjuring up and releasing new tools for Meet video calls over the past few months as virtual classes and meetings have become more and more common due to the pandemic. Earlier this year, it made the video calling service free to everyone and brought it to the Gmail app on Android and iOS, making it even more accessible.

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Fly Lands on Mike Pence’s Head & Becomes The Internet’s Breakout Star, Leaves Netizens in Splits



Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie


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Amid the heated Vice Presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah, a stray housefly that landed on US Vice President Mike Pence’s head of thick white hair became an unlikely star on the social media. Notably, the fly stayed there for two-three minutes, however, Pence seemed acutely unaware of the unwelcome visitor’s presence as he made no attempts to shoo it away. But, of course, it took no time for social media users to spot it and thereon, the VP debate As was expected, the fly brought laughs and spawned a whole new cluster of Twitter accounts. The fly has now topped the list of trending questions from the debate, and amusingly so.

Joining in the fun, Biden’s campaign also tweeted, “Pitch in $5 to help this campaign fly.” His campaign set up a website, flywillvote.com, to register voters and within the hour, it was selling a “Truth over Flies” fly swatter for $10.

“Everyone jealous because I got the best seat for the debate tonight” tweeted a MikePenceFly handle. “Please retweet if you agree that I defeated Mike Pence tonight,” came from TheFlyBeatHim. Here is how the fly triggered an avalanche of hilarious reactions on social media: