Monday, October 30, 2017

What's New in Google - October 2017

Catch up on everything new in G Suite for Education from October 2017, and see great ideas and resources!

Below is the recorded video from our October 2017 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the last month. This includes 24 new Google updates and 41 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 October 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

October 2017

Show and Tell
  • Recent posts from Eric's Control Alt Achieve blog:
  • 10 Google Calendar Tips & Tricks You’re Probably Not Using - Resource Link
  • Promote Creativity and Collaboration by Creating Comic Strips Using Google Drawings - Resource Link
  • Memory Game with Google Slides - Resource Link
  • Math Dice and Cards with Google Sheets - Resource Link - Lots of interactive math activities using randomized dice and playing cards in Google Sheets.
  • The Chromebook Classroom Podcast - Resource Link
  • Easy Citations in Google Docs - Resource Link - How to use the Explore tool and the EasyBib add-on for citations in Google Docs.
  • 10 Multimedia Things you can do on a Chromebook - Resource Link
  • Slide Design 101 - Resource Link - Collection of useful lessons on improving Google Slides design
  • 3 Strategies to Organize Google Drive and Meet the Needs of ALL Learners - Resource Link
  • Creative Organization of Your Drive Folders and Google Classroom with Emojis - Resource Link
  • Green Screen image editing and activities with Google Drawings - Resource Link
  • Using Google Drawings for Booksnaps - Resource Link
  • Tab Scissors and Tab Glue - Resource Link - Chrome extensions for splitting and joining browser tabs
  • Whisper extension - Resource Link, Resource Link - Chrome extension that lets you send quick messages to students from Google Classroom.
  • Wiggly letters for Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings - Resource Link
  • Daily Check-in With Google Forms - Resource Link
  • Create an Amazon-style School Store Using Forms and Autocrat - Resource Link
  • Using G Suite to Foster the 4Cs - Resource Link
  • CheckMark extension makes it easy to give feedback on student writing - Resource Link
  • Free photos, icons, magic and more with Google Slides add-ons - Resource Link
  • Using Codecogs and Google Sheets for students to submit math symbols in Forms - Resource Link
  • Math Fluency Facts Worksheet Generator in Google Sheets - Resource Link
  • Google Certified Educator Level 2 Skills Checklist with Videos - Resource Link
  • Creating "Stained Glass" Art With Google Drawings - Resource Link
  • Top 10 Tips for G Suite Snapseed - Resource Link
  • Embedding Slides in "New" Google Sites - Resource Link
  • School Video Recorder for Google Drive web app - Resource Link
  • Write A Choose Your Own Adventure Story With Forms - Resource Link
  • How to create Google Slides templates - Resource Link
  • The Party - 360 degree virtual experience of autism, works in YouTube or Google Cardboard - Resource Link
  • Create your own "My School App" in Google Slides for mobile devices - Resource Link
  • Google Teacher Tribe Podcast
    • Oct 2 - Engage Science Students by App Smashing with Joe Marquez - Resource Link
    • Oct 9 - Google Slides Gains New Superpowers - Resource Link
    • Oct 16 - Find Your Tribe Keynote - Resource Link
    • Oct 23 - Lions, Tigers, and Google Feedback Oh My! - Resource Link
    • Oct 30 - Behind the Scenes at the Google Innovator Academy - Resource Link

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

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