Computers let students travel around the world without ever leaving their desks at school or your home. They can make learning easier and more fun, and learning how to use them will give your child many advantages in the future. At Ralph C. Mahar & School Union 73, we know how critical it is to use technology for instruction in the classroom, which is why we devote significant focus and resources to supporting technology in all our schools.

Our Goal

Our goal is to stay on the cutting edge of technology and help faculty and students enhance the educational experience through multimedia experiences.

Blur the Background in Google Meet

Need a little more privacy during your online meetings? Blurring the background is a great way to get it. No more worrying about others seeing your messy bookshelf or that you’re really sitting in bed. Here’s how to do it.

Before a Video Call

  • In Google Meet, select a meeting.
  • On the bottom right of your self view, click “Change Background.”
  • To completely blur your background, click “Blur Your Background.”
Graphic about how to blur a background before a video call on Google Meet

During a Video Call

  • On the bottom right, click “More Options” (the button with three dots).
  • Click “Change Background.”
  • To completely blur your background, click “Blur Your Background.”

graphic on how to blur a background during a call

Important Notes & Tips

  • Users who join the video call while not logged in to a Google account and users who need to “knock” to be admitted can only change their background once in the video call.
  • Users who join a G Suite for Education video call can’t select their own background images.
  • Your camera is automatically turned on when you click “Change Background.”
  • Changing your background may slow down your device. You may want to turn this feature off to allow other apps to run faster on your computer.

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