Thanks for the update on Hangouts.  I was looking for this information too.

Patricia Aigner
Director of Technology
Rutland City Public Schools
6 Church Street
Rutland, VT 05701

On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 8:38 AM Scott Marshia - CCSU <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Mike this came out this morning from Google:


Improved meeting control features: 'mute' and 'remove'

For education users, we're only allowing the meeting creator, meeting calendar owner, or person who sets up a meeting on an in-room hardware device to mute or remove other participants in a meeting. This means that if a teacher creates the meeting or owns the calendar the meeting was created on, students can't remove or mute other students.

Improved teacher controls for nicknamed meetings

Participants will not be able to re-join a meeting after the final participant has left if:

  • The meeting was created using a short link like
  • The meeting was created at by entering a meeting nickname in the "Join or start a meeting” field
  • The meeting was created in the Meet app by entering a nickname in the “Meeting code” field

This means if the teacher is the last person to leave these types of meetings, students cannot join later without the teacher.

To learn more, visit the G Suite updates blog post.

Resources for remote working & learning

We've also launched Teach from Home, a new hub of information, tips, training and tools to help teachers keep teaching during the Coronavirus crisis school closures. This resource hub is by no means complete. As we continue receiving feedback from teachers and partners on what’s most helpful, we’ll continue to build and improve this.



Scott Marshia

Information Technology Director 

Caledonia Central Supervisory Union

802-684-3801 x210

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From: School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Mike Vining
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 8:35 AM
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Subject: Re: Zoom for students under 13?


The way I read it is that you must be able to accept Zoom’s ToS only if you are going to create an account with them.  So, only the HOST needs to meet those requirements and the attendees are not bound by those terms. 


I wish Hangouts Meet had better management controls for the host. Not being able to turn off IM, or prevent other participants from muting or even kicking other users (including the host) out makes it hard for me to recommend to our teachers.


Has anyone tried using Discord? It can do voice, IM, and streaming video.


Hang in there and go wash your hands,



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I too read Terms of Service last night..looks OK as far as under 13 or COPPA kind of stuff... they do have pretty extensive Terms... you might read it yourself just to get the gist.... It seems fairly standard... 


On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 5:37 AM Ollie Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I looked at the Zoom ToS and Privacy policies when this was all getting going and was unable to find any provision specific to the 13 and under or COPPA stuff. I *think* that means that it's your standard "If your not 13 you can't use it" but I could be wrong. 


Ollie Brown, MAT

Technology Integration Specialist

White River Valley School District

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On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 5:24 PM Edith Fogarty <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I am getting mixed messages around the use of Zoom for virtual learning with students under 13.  Can those of you who have been vetting companies for privacy compliance let me know if they have been added to the "approved" list?

Edith Fogarty, M.Ed
Technology Integration Facilitator
Bradford Elementary School
143 Fairground Rd
Bradford, VT 05033
802.222.4077 x233
802.222.5196 fax


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