Thursday, March 30, 2017

What's New in Google - March 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 March 2017 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and Google Apps updates from the last month. This includes 17 new Google updates and 25 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 March 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
  • SPARCC Certification Bootcamps for Google Educator Level 1 and 2 - details at
  • ITIP Ohio Summit featuring Google for Education - May 1-2 - link
  • Create! Conference - June 8 - link
What's New in Google Apps
  • HP x360 11 G1 Chromebook coming in April - link
  • How BrainPOP, Edulastic & Amplified Labs integrate with Google Classroom to simplify life - link
  • ChromeOS grows to 58% market share in US schools - link
  • Google offers special pricing for active listening Chromebook apps Fluency Tutor and Listenwise - link
  • Google launching new Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat tools - link, link, link, link
  • Gmail to get Add-ons - link
  • Google Vault now supports Drive and Groups - link
  • Team Drive now available for all G Suite EDU domains - link
  • Drive File Stream tool to allow easy local access of cloud files - link
  • Google Classroom now open to non-Edu Google accounts - link
  • Google announces Family Link tool to manage children’s accounts - link
  • Google Maps Street View adds images from inside a volcano - link
  • YouTube discontinuing Annotations in favor of End Screens and Cards - link
  • Video attachments can now be streamed in Gmail - link
  • Sites now supports layered calendars, Team Drives, and more - link
  • Blogger gets new themes - link
  • Google Docs gets option to convert text to all caps, lower case, and title case - link
Show and Tell
  • Using Google Keep for Grading Comments in Docs - link
  • Black Out Poetry with Google Docs - link
  • Hipster Google - 21 Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of - link
  • Best Google April Fools Videos - link
  • Equatio: Yes You Can Type Math and Science in Google Docs and Forms! - link
  • How to Show Non-Printing Characters in Google Docs - link
  • Six tips to make your pictures pop with Google Photos - link
  • Help, my formula doesn’t work! - link - Great spreadsheet troubleshooting tips
  • Back up your pictures automatically with Google Photos app - link
  • Mash-Up: Keep + Docs = Instant Photo Transfer - link
  • 5 Google Search Tips You Should Know About - link
  • When Extensions Go Bad - link
  • Hide links in Google tools until ready for students to use them - link
  • Exploring Primary Sources with Divided Images in Google Slides - link
  • Use Keep to add standards to Docs lesson plans - link
  • Create video on Chromebooks with Adobe Spark - link
  • Speed grading in Google Classroom with Drive Preview - link
  • Google Forms: Anecdotal Student Notes - link
  • How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms - link
  • 10 Tips and Tricks for Google Chrome - link
  • Use Conditional Formatting in Google Sheets for a self-checking spelling game - link
  • Add Stickers to Student Docs with Google Keep - link
  • Collection of Google Map tools How-to, Tips & Tricks - link
  • Google Search’s 200 Ranking Factors: The Complete List - link
  • Google Search Result Types: A Visual Guide- Link

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

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  1. Thanks, Eric. I a focus of my PD for our 1:1 teachers is how to use digital resources to differentiate. You provide a clear explanation and examples.

  2. It is really valuable post!!! thanks for share this great collection.

  3. Hey Eric another great collection of ideas, updates and resources. Thanks to you and the google user group.

  4. Nice review, mate. I'll share your link if you don't mind

  5. Good information's and these was useful to me, Thanks .