Monday, January 1, 2018

What's New in Google - December 2017

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

Below is the recorded video from our December 2017 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the last month. This includes 23 new Google updates and 28 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 December 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

December 2017
  • Google open's Santa Tracker website again with loads of activities for coding and more - Resource Link
  • Google launches coding activities for Computer Science Education Week - Resource Link
  • Create your own Google logo with Scratch - Resource link
  • Holiday themed emoji project - Resource link
  • Google's AI help create a new cookie - Resource Link
  • Two changes to navigation in Admin console reports - Resource Link
  • Google launches Files Go mobile app for Android to help clean up, find, and share files on your phone - Resource Link
  • Embed HTML and JavaScript in the new Google Sites - Resource Link
  • Google Sheets gets many new features including natural language generated pivot tables, suggested formulas, waterfall charts, fixed-width file import, and more - Resource Link
  • Google removes "Apps" section from Chrome Web Store for Windows and Mac (not Chromebooks) - Resource Link
  • Election Databot - Google tool with data for all House and Senate races including Search Trends, YouTube videos, candidate spending, voting records, articles, press statements, deleted Tweets, and more - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Google launches web-based Chrome Remote Desktop tool - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Google releases three mobile photo tools - Resource Link
  • Storyboard - Android link
  • Selfissimo - Android link, iOS link
  • Scrubbies - iOS link
  • New Google+ community metrics for G Suite admins and community moderators - Resource Link
  • The Year in Search: the questions we asked in 2017 - Resource Link
  • Google's PhotoScan mobile app gets updates for better saving and cropping - Resource Link
  • Google Assistant coming to tablets and more Android phones - Resource Link
  • Google rolls out additional new templates for Sheets and Docs - Resource Link
  • Google announces changes to the menus and toolbars in Docs and Slides - Resource Link
  • Google Arts & Culture Mobile App now lets you "take a selfie and discover if your portrait is in a Museum" - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Force users to sign in to Chrome on Windows computers - Resource Link

Show and Tell

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

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