Thursday, March 2, 2017

What's New in Google - February 2017

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

Each month we usually hold a meeting of the Google Educator Group of Ohio where we go through all the latest Google Apps updates and other helpful resources. In February we did not have our normal meeting, since we had a social meetup at the OETC conference instead.

However, I still thought it would be useful to share all of the latest updates and resources. See below for a list of everything new in Google for the last month. This includes 24 new Google updates and 41 Google resources for your class.

Upcoming Events
  • NEOTech - March 16 - link
  • Webinar - March 21 - Hipster Google: Tools you probably never heard of - link
  • ITIP Ohio Summit featuring Google for Education - May 1-2 - link

What's New in Google Apps

  • Android apps on all Chromebooks launched from this point forward - link
  • Google announces new Chromebooks with stylus, world-facing camera, USB-C charging, Android apps, and more - link, link
  • Android app management for Chromebooks coming to EDU domains - link
  • Adobe launching 6 Creative Cloud Android apps optimized for Chromebooks - link
  • Google expanding Chrome OS to more form factors, including convertibles & tablets - link
  • Dell announces 3 new Chromebooks including a convertible with stylus - link
  • Google’s Word Lens mobile app now translates Japanese live - link
  • Google Docs and Sheets mobile apps get new features - link
  • Creating files from templates can now be done from Drive’s New menu - link
  • Slides get option to add videos from Drive, plus controls - link
  • Google adds Ghana, Senegal, and Uganda to Street View - link
  • Track and share locations with lists in Google Maps - link
  • Google Sheets now lets you insert links to specific cells in a sheet - link
  • Admin privilege for managing custom templates in Drive - link
  • U.S. presidential history, now on Google Arts & Culture - link
  • Add “fun facts” to search for trivia on animals & plants - link
  • YouTube brings better automated captions to 1 billion videos - link
  • A.I. Duet - Play music with Google’s artificial intelligence - link
  • Chrome OS File Manager can access files from Android Apps - link
  • Google Sheets gets rotated text, more border styles, and more - link, link
  • Google Sites now support dividers - link
  • Google shutting down Spaces on April 17th - link
  • Keep now integrated into Docs and part of the G Suite EDU core services - link, link
  • Early look at new “Meet by Google Hangout” app - link

Show and Tell

  • Use Timestamps to make your YouTube Videos Better - link
  • 4 Fun Literacy Activities with Google Docs - link - resources and recorded webinar
  • Triple Differentiation in Google Classroom - Beginning, Middle, and End - link
  • Valentines Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings - link
  • Creating Fractions in Google Slides and Drawings - link
  • Pixel Art Activities for any Subject with Google Sheets - link
  • Have Students Build Learning Databases with Google Sheets - link
  • Spreadsheet Activities for all Subjects - link - resources and recorded webinar
  • Have Students Create Educational "Motivational Posters" with Google Drawings - link
  • "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" Sorting with Google Slides - link
  • Vectr, Free Vector Graphic Design Tool Launches On Chromebooks - link, link
  • Little SIS for Google Classroom - link - Sync Classroom rosters with your Student Information System
  • Flippity is Now an Add-On for Sheets - link
  • Google’s #GoogleEDU Tuesday Tips: Forms - link, Classroom - link, Expeditions - link
  • Leave Feedback in Classroom with QuickShare Screenshot extension - link
  • Password Protect Google Forms - link
  • AnyoneCanView extension makes it easier to share - link
  • Print Friendly Extension - link
  • Fixing Mic and Camera Access Problems on a Student Chromebook - link
  • Math Vocab with Frayer Model Graphic Organizer in Google Slides - link
  • Google Earth Walks - link - Problem solving in Google Earth for math, science, and social studies
  • Getting Expeditions to run on your School Network - link
  • Researching & Sharing with Google Scholar & Tour Builder - link
  • Change your Dialect in Google Search to Change Results - link
  • Provide help with Chrome Remote Desktop - link
  • Save Space on Your Chrome Bookmarks Bar - link
  • ChromeVox Screen Reader for ChromeOS gets big updates - link
  • Benefits of using Google Slides for HyperDocs - link
  • Beginner guide to APIs with Google Sheets & Apps Script - link
  • If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook - Resource Link - Great ideas for Chromebook activities for young students.
  • How to find and add an animated header to Classroom - link
  • 5 Things About Google Slides You Did Not Know - link
  • Reverse Image Search - link
  • 8 Cool Google Apps Tricks You May Not Have Known - link
  • Top 10 Chrome Extensions - link
  • 10 add-ons to Google Classroom - link
  • Desktop Publishing the Easy Way with Google Slides - link
  • Using Google Slides as a simple Video Editor - link
  • Kami PDF Annotation tool for Chrome - link
  • Voice-Navigated Google Presentations - link
  • The Ultimate Google Cardboard and Expeditions Resource Guide - 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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