Saturday, December 2, 2017

What's New in Google - November 2017

Catch up on everything new in G Suite for Education from November 2017, and see great ideas and resources!

Below is the recorded video from our November 2017 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the last month. This includes 21 new Google updates and 42 Google resources for your class.

The monthly meetings are hosted by the Google Educator Group of Ohio, but are open to anyone from any location. The purpose of these meetings is to:
  • Connect Google-using educators
  • Share the latest Google Apps news and features
  • Provide tutorials, demonstrations, and how-to’s
  • Share best practices of how Google Apps is being used within schools
  • Ask questions and get answers
The video from the meeting is recorded and available for later viewing for those who cannot attend or connect live. See below to view the recorded video, agenda, and all the resources from the November 2017 meeting:

Note: If you would like to see each of the agenda items with links directly to those spots in the video, open the video using the YouTube link below and then click “Show More” below the video.
 YouTube link:

You can view the full Google Document agenda with links to all the Google Apps updates from the last month, as well as all the resources covered in the meeting in the Google Doc linked below.
 View the agenda - Google Document link

Agenda details

Upcoming Events

What's New in Google Apps

November 2017
  • Google launches Hangouts Meet hardware for video conferencing - Resource Link
  • Google launches Poly website for sharing and downloading 3D objects and scenes - Resource Link
  • YouTube Kids app gets updates including individual profiles, adaptable UI, and more - Resource Link
  • Google updating Insert Image options for Docs, Slides, and Drawings - Resource Link - Alternative for "Take a Snapshot" feature - Resource Link
  • Google launches new Chromebook channel on YouTube - Resource Link
  • Copy comments and suggestions in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Resource Link
  • Docs and Slides getting support for new fonts in 62 languages - Resource Link
  • Google launches Mystery Animal game - Resource Link
  • Google launches the Story Speaker tool - Resource Link
  • Google launches the MixLab experiment - Resource Link
  • Google launches the Meme Buddy tool - Resource Link
  • New formatting options for images in Slides including drop shadows and reflection - Resource Link
  • Google Home gets voice broadcast feature - Resource Link (also Google Home Mini is only $29 through the end of December)
  • Built-in dictation support coming to Chromebooks - Resource Link
  • Google Trends add data for News, Shopping, Images, and YouTube - Resource Link
  • Google Sites gets site-wide footer option - Resource Link
  • Equatio extension now free for teachers - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Google Arts & Culture launches collection of ancient Mayan artifacts and resources - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Chromebooks getting screenshot option when in tablet mode - Resource Link
  • New Admin Console settings to control who can move your domain’s content out of Team Drives - Resource Link
  • Google open's Santa Tracker website again with loads of activities for coding and more - Resource Link

Show and Tell

To see the schedule for upcoming Google User Group meetings visit:
 Google User Group schedule -

If you have something to share and would like to join the Hangout for an upcoming meeting, send me an email to let me know at:

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