This article is written for G Suite for Education Administrators and teachers.

Google Meet is missing a critical feature to allow teachers to one-click mute all students. Instructors' presentations are often disrupted by students cut-in, or various of background noises. This issue is in a huge demand since the start of covid-19.

Apparently asking instructors to mute each student one by one in Google Meet is unrealistic and a waste of time.

Mute individual participant button in Google Meet
Mute individual participant button in Google Meet

This article explains how Safe Doc chrome extension can mute all students in one shot and tremendously save your time. If you have yet to install Safe Doc, apply for a 30 days trial.

The magic "/muteall" chat command

Demo

As a teacher, you may simply type /muteall to the chat panel. Safe Doc will mute all students at once.

Instructions

  1. (Admin): Deploy Safe Doc to your students' Chrome devices (Chromebooks or Chrome desktop browsers).
  2. (Admin): Disable Chat in Google Meet (Recommended)
  3. (Teacher): Initiate a Google Meet session and invite students.
  4. (Teacher): Open the Chat side window.
  5. (Teacher): type message /muteall and click send.
  6. All students are muted.

Disable the magic command

To disable this mute-all enhancement by Safe Doc, supply the following policy EnableMeetMuteAll. For more information, see Safe Doc Configuration by Policies.

"EnableMeetMuteAll": {
  "Value": false
}

FAQ

Q: Can students unmute themselves after being muted?

Yes. Safe Doc does not intend to lock students into a muted state.

Q: Can I use the command multiple times?

Yes. Use as many times as you want.

Q: Why to disable chat in Google Meet for students?

This avoids students from mistakenly initiating the /muteall command too.


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