This article is written for Google Workspace for Education Administrators.

In Google Meet, your teachers can mute a student's microphone using the student tile'sMicrophone icon button. But it's a temporarily mute. the student can unmute by themselves with their microphone button at the bottom bar. It does not prevent certain students over-talking and interrupting the class.

Muting a student in Google Meet is not permanent in a session
Muting a student in Google Meet is not permanent in a session

The article shows how Safe Doc allows your teachers to force mute annoying talkative students and keep the lecture quiet and smooth. Muted students cannot unmute themselves for the rest of lecture session unless they refresh the page and rejoin the meeting.

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Use the magic /micoff chat command

Safe Doc introduces a magic chat command for your teachers to force mute some students. Here is how it works.

  1. (Teacher) Find the email address of the talkative student
  2. (Teacher) Open the chat side panel
  3. (Teacher) Type /micoff [email protected]. That is the /micoff command, a space and the student email.
  4. (Teacher) Click send.
  5. (Student) The microphone is muted and the microphone button is disabled (greyed out). The student cannot unmute by themselves.

You can find a short demo video below. The top window is the teacher. The bottom two windows are 2 students. After the teacher types in the chat command and send. The bottom right student's microphone is muted. The microphone button is disabled, so the muted student cannot unmute them for the rest of the session.

Safe Doc demonstration of the '/micoff [email protected]ample.com' chat command for teachers. (the demo was based on the old Meet interface before 6/10/2021 but Safe Doc also works for the new interface)

How to configure Safe Doc?

First of all, make sure you have deployed Safe Doc and read Safe Doc Configuration.

The magic command is managed by the policy EnableMeetMicOffCommand. By default the policy is OFF, i.e. the chat command is not activated. You need to add and set the policy with value true in your configuration.

"EnableMeetMicOffCommand": {
  "Value": true
}

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