Google introduces new accessibility and collaboration features for classrooms

Google unveiled a range of innovative accessibility and educational enhancements during the recent International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) expo.

These advancements encompass an expanded reading mode, seamless integration with sign language interpreters in Google Meet,

and AI-driven question recommendations for educational settings.

By leveraging the power of artificial intelligence, Google has been actively exploring AI-driven tools across its consumer products, such as Search, Gmail, and Sheets.

Now, the company is introducing AI-generated questions for assignments centered around YouTube videos.

Educators have the freedom to add their own questions or modify the AI-generated suggestions.

Currently, Google is accepting applications for this feature in English, with plans to expand its support to Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Malay.

In a significant development earlier this year, Google introduced the Reading Mode, accessible through a side pane,

which eliminates distractions like videos and images, enabling users to focus solely on the textual content

Initially exclusive to Chrome browsers on ChromeOS, Google recently announced that Reading Mode will soon be available to all Chrome users.

Furthermore, Google has introduced a notable functionality that allows screen reader users to convert images within PDFs into text using Chrome browsers on Chromebooks

However, this feature may not permit users to copy the text from these converted PDFs. Additionally,

Additionally, Google has unveiled new font options to enhance reading ease in Arabic, Cyrillic, and Latin systems.

These optically variable fonts are meticulously designed to adapt to different sizes, thereby significantly improving readability.

In another noteworthy development, the search giant has introduced a tile-pairing feature for Google Meet

When enabled, this feature highlights the tiles of both the speaker and the sign language interpreter, facilitating seamless communication.

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