Sunday, September 3, 2017

What's New in Google - Summer 2017

Catch up on everything new in Google Apps from the summer, and see great ideas and resources!

Below is the recorded video from our August 2017 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and Google Apps updates from the last three months. This includes 42 new Google updates and loads of 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 August 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

What's New in Google Apps

June 2017
  • Google launches free digital citizenship and safety game and curriculum - Resource Link
  • Google adds “We Wear Culture” collection to Arts and Culture - Resource Link
  • Google Vault updates include more precise, reliable data - Resource Link
  • New Backup and Sync tool to consolidate separate Drive and Photos sync tools - Resource Link
  • Make Father’s Day movies with Google Photos - Resource Link
  • Toontastic 3D app adds Cars and Fruit Ninja themes - Resource Link
  • Live fidget spinners in Google Search results - Resource Link
  • Google launching Libraries Ready to Code initiative - Resource Link
  • Google announces updates at ISTE17 for Earth, Expeditions, STEM tools, and more - Resource Link
  • Google offering discounted bundle of STEM tools on Chromebooks - Resource Link
  • Google offering discounted bundle Media Literacy apps for Chromebooks - Resource Link
  • Google launches new “What’s New in G Suite” page - Resource Link
  • Google News site gets redesign - Resource Link
  • Google Earth gets new Education category with classroom activities - Resource Link
  • Google highlighting videos from “Talks at Google” series - Resource Link, Resource Link

July 2017
  • Watch the live “Bear Cams” in Google Earth - Resource Link
  • Google releases VR app “Blocks” to create and share 3D objects - Resource Link
  • Google testing new touch-friendly Chrome OS launcher - Resource Link
  • Google Forms gets updates including suggested response validations, cross-domain file uploads, save preferences, checkbox grid question type, and section reordering - Resource Link
  • G Suite admins get more detailed file visibility audit reports - Resource Link
  • ASUS launching new ruggedized Chromebook Flip C213 - Resource Link
  • Google launches “Backup and Sync” desktop app for Drive and Photos - Resource Link
  • Google Meet gets text chat feature - Resource Link
  • Google Expeditions gets solo mode and annotation tool - Resource Link
  • Explore the International Space Station in Street View in Google Maps - Resource Link
  • Google launches “Motion Stills” app for Android - Resource Link
  • Google experiments with teaching real life skills in VR - Resource Link
  • YouTube shutting down its video editor and photo slideshow tools on September 20 - Resource Link
  • Duplicate Sections in Google Sites - Resource Link
  • Google sets roadmap for phasing out and removing Adobe Flash from Chrome by 2020 - Resource Link

August 2017
  • Classroom and Forms updates for back to school - Resource Link
  • New Chromebook Keyboard Layout Leaked - Resource Link
  • Google Earth app for iOS now available - Resource Link
  • Data Loss Prevention now available in Team Drives - Resource Link
  • New options in Google Calendar for managing large events - Resource Link
  • 8 tips to help you keep up in Google Keep - Resource Link
  • Google launches #FirstDayofClassroom site, videos, guides & PD - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Revision History becomes Version History and gets option to name version - Resource Link
  • Easier option to preview and accepts Suggested Edits in Doc - Resource Link
  • Docs gets new templates with built-in add-ons - Resource Link
  • Cloud Search coming to the Explore Tool - Resource Link
  • New Google Sites gets the option for custom URLs - Resource Link
  • YouTube updates include speed adjustments (on mobile) and a dark theme (on desktop) - Resource Link

Show and Tell

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

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