Thursday, February 1, 2018

What's New in Google - January 2018

Catch up on everything new in G Suite for Education from January 2018, and see great ideas and resources!

Below is the recorded video from our January 2018 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the last month. This includes 22 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 January 2018 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

January 2018
  • New Google Calendar web UI to begin automatically upgrading users on January 8th, 2018 - Resource Link
  • HP announces new Chromebox - Resource Link
  • Install Gmail Add-ons for your entire domain - Resource Link
  • Delegate additional Gmail privileges to users - Resource Link
  • Search within a folder in Google Drive - Resource Link
  • Google announces new VR cameras for capturing 3D photos and videos - Resource Link
  • Google launches IT Support Professional Certificate course through Coursera - Resource Link
  • Google releasing new side navigation for Admin Console - Resource Link
  • Exploring art (through selfies) with Google Arts & Culture - Resource Link
  • Google Docs and Slides menus getting more updates - Resource Link
  • Legacy Google Drive desktop sync client now shutting down on May 12th, 2018 - Resource Link
  • Acer announces new Chrome OS devices - Resource Link
  • Google rolls out audiobooks on Google Play Books - Resource Link
  • New security features coming to G Suite for Education - Resource Link
  • Google announces Enterprise version of G Suite for Education - Resource Link
  • Improved attachment compliance in Gmail - Resource Link
  • G Suite, Classroom, and Chromebook growth stats - Resource Link
  • Google beta-testing tools with schools to create their own Expeditions - Resource Link
  • Google Sites gets option to publish site to just a specific audience - Resource Link
  • Behind-the-scenes explanation of how Google Search featured snippets work - Resource Link
  • Take a Snapshot option added back to Docs, Slides, Drawings, etc.
  • Google releases new module in their Applied Digital Skills curriculum - "Manage a Project with Digital Tools" - Resource Link

Show and Tell
  • 21 New Free Interactive Pear Deck Templates for Google Slides - Resource Link
  • "One Word" Collaborative Slides Activity for Students - Resource Link
  • Save any picture you find on the internet right into Google Photos - Resource Link
  • Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity- Resource Link
  • Two Tools for Audio Creation in the Chromebook Classroom - Resource Link
  • A collection of Google Classroom Tips - Resource Link
  • Meltdown and Spectre: Implications for Schools (including Chromebooks) - Resource Link
  • Answering your questions about “Meltdown” and “Spectre” - Resource Link
  • Creative uses for Response Validation in Google Forms - Resource Link
  • Use Preview in Docs for a Quick Whole Class Progress Check - Resource Link
  • Script to make Slides from roster in Sheets - Resource Link
  • Student-Created Vision Boards with Google Slides - Resource Link
  • Create animated talking heads with Google Slides - Resource Link
  • Certify’Em - New Google Forms add-on for generating certificates - Resource Link
  • What is Google’s Fuchsia OS, anyway? - Resource Link
  • How Google Keeps Our Data Safe (webinar) - Resource Link
  • 7 Steps to Stronger Student Collaborators in Your Classroom - Resource Link
  • Shortcuts to Quickly Create a File in Google Drive - Resource Link
  • Using Google Forms to Monitor Students with Diabetes - Resource Link
  • Hippo Video - Chrome extension for screen recording - Resource Link
  • Instant Flipped Lessons with the EdPuzzle Extension - Resource Link
  • 18 Tools for Making Videos on Chromebooks - Resource Link
  • Google Keep - The Gift That Keeps on Giving the Whole Year - Resource Link
  • How to use Google Sheets: A Beginner’s Guide - Resource Link
  • 100+ Graphic Organizer Templates for Teachers and Students - Resource Link

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

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