Monday, December 19, 2016

What's New in Google - December 2016

Catch up on everything new in Google Apps over the last month, and see great ideas and resources!

Below is the recorded video from our December 2016 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and Google Apps updates from the last month.

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 meetings 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 December 2016 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
  • Super Screencastify Activities for Schools - Jan 12 - link
  • 4 Fun Literacy Activities with Google Docs - Jan 26 - link
  • OETC - February 14-16 - link
  • NEOTech - March 16 - link
  • ITIP Ohio Summit featuring Google for Education - May 1-2 - link
What's New in Google Apps
  • Google News articles get “Fact Check” label - link
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro preview - link, link
  • Course Builder now supports scheduling, easier customization - link
  • Assign Action Items in Docs, Sheets, and Slides - link
  • Badges on files in Drive to show new comments - link
  • Forms now suggests question types and possible answers - link
  • File upload option added to Forms - link
  • Expanded Voice Typing commands in Docs - link
  • Google announces Jamboard interactive whiteboard - link
  • YouTube adds End Screens option - link
  • Salem Witch Trials in Google Expeditions - link
  • Acer’s R13 Chromebook now supports Android apps - link
  • Google Slides opens API - link
  • Clarification on using MS Office apps on Chromebooks - link
  • Google Daydream VR headset launches - link
  • Google releases PhotoScan mobile app to digitize pictures - link
  • Google Translate improves with Neural system - link, link
  • Google launches AI Quick Draw game - link
  • Google Earth VR now available for HTC Vive - link
  • Custom template gallery now available for Google Drive - link
  • Early Adopter Program for Team Drive opens applications - link
  • New Google Sites now available for everyone - link, link
  • Flubaroo adds new options for sharing grades - link
  • Flubaroo adds option for stickers and badges - link
  • Google Earth Timelapse shows changes over 32 years - link
  • Google adds 50 new Expeditions (over 400 total now!) - link
  • New Google Sites gets option to hide pages from navigation - link
  • Impact Portraits: success stories with Google for Education - link
  • Santa’s Village opens with coding, games, lessons, and more - link
  • Ability to print natively (maybe) coming To Chromebooks - link
  • 3 Google Updates Announced at Education On Air 2016 - link, link
  • Google Docs gets citation feature added back to Explore tool - link
  • Google launches Trusted Contacts app - link
  • Google is replacing Flash in Chrome once and for all - link
  • Google claims no plans to merge Android and Chrome OS - link
  • Handwriting Support Comes To Google Keep’s Chrome App - link

Questions and Answers

Show and Tell
  • Our 2016 predictions from last year - link
  • Our 2017 predictions for this year - link
  • New "Pull the Paragraph" add-on from Alice Keeler - link
  • Google Drawings: Student Landing Page (Googliloo) - link
  • Why you should start using Google Keep right away - link
  • 32 tips and tricks for Google Photos - link
  • The All New Google Sites for Schools - Video Tutorial - link
  • Wintertime Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings - link
  • YouTube "Read Aloud" Book Videos for Kids - link
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Stories with Google Docs - link
  • Emoji Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets - link
  • 10 Alternatives for the Readability Extension - link
  • 18 YouTube Channels for Elementary Math - link
  • Improve Reading Comprehension with Google Docs "Black Out" - link
  • Google Drawings Chess and Checkers for Students - link
  • Battlesheets! - link
  • 20 Chrome Extensions, Web Apps, and Add-ons for Math - link
  • Simple Search Lifesavers for Students - link
  • Creating Punctuation Practice Activities with Google Docs - link

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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