Monday, January 23, 2017

What's New in Google - January 2017

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 January 2017 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and Google Apps updates from the last month. This includes 15 new Google updates and 27 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 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 January 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
  • 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
  • New Chrome Experiment - Land Lines - link, link
  • Acer debuts the education-focused rugged Chromebook N7 - link
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip 2 goes official for $499 - link
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus and Pro announced - link, link, link, link
  • Introducing the Tilt Brush Artist in Residence Program - link
  • Android Drive apps get options for Page setup and ODF / EPUB export - link
  • Two Google Home devices argued in a live video broadcast - link
  • Google just shutting down Hangouts API, not Hangouts itself - link, link
  • Explore museums with augmented reality with Google's Tango - link
  • Classroom updates: assign work to individual students, teacher notifications for late work and resubmitted work, admin reports on Classroom usage, more - link
  • Google launches Toontastic 3D for Android, iOS, and some CB’s - link, link, link
  • Google+ gets updates including the return of Events - link
  • A virtual trek through Petra with Google Cardboard - link
  • Google Sheets gets option to insert and shift, or delete and shift, cells in groups - link
  • Google releases Tilt Brush Toolkit for interactive content - link
Show and Tell
  • Make Sequencing Questions with Google Forms - link
  • Solving Story Problems with the Highlight Tool Add-on for Docs - link
  • 7 Super Screencasting Activities for School - link
  • Have Students Write Better by Writing Less with Google Docs - link
  • Video Dubbing Learning Activities for Students - link
  • My Top 20 EdTech Posts of 2016 - link
  • Build a Snowman with Google Slides - link
  • 10 Ways to Create Videos on Chromebooks - link
  • How to create a Funnel Chart in Google Sheets - link
  • 2 Ways to Publish eBooks from G Suite - link
  • 5 Tips for Using Google Drive - link
  • Run Google Earth on a Chromebook - link
  • The Chromebook Classroom Podcast - link
  • Google Teacher Tribe Podcast - link
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know Flubaroo Could Do - link
  • Using Guest Profile in Google Chrome - link
  • SAS Writing Reviser - link - Students can use this Google Docs add-on to check their writing for possible grammatical and syntax issues
  • Create slideshows from pics w/ DriveSlides & SlideShot extensions - link
  • Curriculum Mapping with G Suite - link
  • 5 ideas for using Classroom’s new differentiation and grouping feature - link
  • Google releases 8 new videos for Chromebook basics - link, link
  • Library Extension - link, link - Find which books are available at your local public library when browsing online book seller sites like Amazon
  • Magnetic Puzzle Paragraphs - link - Help students reconstruct a paragraph with this drag-and-drop activity.
  • Create animations from your pictures with Google Photos - link
  • Google Yearbook project - link - Use free Google tools to create your school yearbook and save lots of money
  • Create Your Own Custom Search Engine - link
  • Creative way to add rubrics to Google Forms quiz questions - 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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