Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What's New in Google - May 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 May 2017 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and Google Apps updates from the last month. This includes 21 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 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 May 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
  • Create! Conference - June 8 - link
  • Cleveland Area Google Summit - June 13-14, 2017 - Avon Lake High School - link 
  • SPARCC Educational Technology Conference - August 4, 2017 - Call for presenters is open! - link 
  • G-Tech Summit - August 8, 2017 - Genoa High School - link

What's New in Google Apps
  • Admin settings to move Drive files and folders into Team Drives - link
  • Chagrin Falls has 100% of teachers Google Certified - link
  • Google Sites gets update to vertically group items - link
  • Google updates the timeline for Classic Sites deprecation, and lists upcoming updates for New Sites - link
  • Web clipboard to be removed from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on September 13th, 2017 - link
  • Google Communities get invite link option for joining - link
  • Old Chromebook buyback program launched by Clover Wireless - link, link
  • Upcoming changes to chat in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - link
  • Todoist app launches Google Calendar integration - link
  • Smart Reply feature added to Gmail on Android and iOS - link
  • All of the Google I/O 2017 announcements - link, link
  • Google Expeditions to get Augmented Reality content - link
  • Google rolls out Assistant for iOS - link
  • Google Assistant gets keyboard entry option - link
  • Google Lens coming soon to Assistant, Photos, and more - link
  • Google Photos gets sharing suggestions, shared libraries, and photo books - link
  • Forbidden City collection added to Google Arts & Culture - link
  • Quick Access in Google Drive now available on the web - link
  • View videos for any of the Google 2017 I/O sessions - link
  • Google Sites clarifies Publish settings - link
  • Google Sites get option to duplicate pages, can be used as template feature - link

Show and Tell
  • Create your own Lit Trips (and more) for Google Earth - Resource Link
  • 30 Free Google Drawings Graphic Organizers - Resource Link
  • 6 End-Of-Year Google Classroom Clean-up Tips - Resource Link
  • 3 Tools to Take YouTube and Multimedia Literacy to the Next Level - Resource Link
  • Three Little Known Features about Google Scholar - Resource Link
  • Writing papers and research reports the Google way - Resource Link
  • 7 Geeky Tips and Tricks for Google Docs - Resource Link
  • Digital Literature Circles - Resource Link - Google Slides template for students to complete digital literature circles
  • Scientific Method Digital Workbook - Resource Link - Google Slides template for the scientific method
  • 10 Tips for Organizing Google Drive - Resource Link
  • 7 Hidden Tips for Google Sites - Resource Link
  • How to Use Google Keep in the Classroom - Resource Link
  • Make Your Own Word Search in Google Sheets - Resource Link
  • Choose Your Own Story with Google Forms - Resource Link
  • Voice Over in Google Slides - Resource Link
  • Using Google tools with Young Learners - Resource Link
  • Google Drive One-Page Guides - Resource Link
  • The future of Android on ChromeOS - Resource Link
  • Record Video Straight to Classroom - Resource Link
  • Assess Student Writing in Google Docs with WriQ Add-on - Resource Link
  • Ctrl+D = Duplicate in Google Slides and Drawings - Resource Link
  • Copy Your GAFE Drive Files to a Personal Google Account - Resource Link
  • Google Takeout to Transfer Drive & Gmail - Resource Link
  • Transfer your Google Files with CloudGopher - Resource Link
  • 4 Tools to Up Your YouTube Game - Resource Link
  • Organizing Your Teacher Evaluation Evidence Using G Suite - Resource Link
  • Analyzing Shoe Sizes - Resource Link - A Google Slides template for an activity covering data collection, mean, median, mode, range, and graphs.

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

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  1. Great resource! Thanks for compiling so much information.

  2. Hey thank you for your work! Always great to find a summary of the updates of the month! Thanks !

  3. I love your resource! And here students can find info on beating homework tasks.