Sunday, April 1, 2018

What's New in Google - March 2018

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

Because the end of the month fell during Spring Break for most all of our schools, we did not hold our normal monthly Google User Meeting. However, I still wanted to share out all of the new updates from the month, so I have included them below.

We will be back on track with live Google Hangout meetings at the end of April. 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 for all of the updates from March 2018 for G Suite for Education.

Agenda details

Upcoming Events
  • ITIP Ohio Google Summit - May 14-15 in Columbus, OH - Website link

  • Google Applied Digital Skills Trainings - Learn all about Google's new digital skills curriculum for MS and HS students at these free trainings across Ohio.
  • April 25 - NWOCA - Archbold, OH - Register
    May 7 - SWOCA - Hamilton, OH - Register
    May 22 - SPARCC - North Canton, OH - Register

  • SPARCC Educational Technology Conference - August 3 in North Canton, OH
    Details at:
    Call for proposals now open on website - Due by May 4th
  • EdTechTeam Cleveland Area Summit - August 13-14 in Avon Lake, OH
    Registration now open at:

What's New in Google Apps

March 2018
  • Google search on mobile adds "Word Coach" game - Resource Link
  • Updates to YouTube Live streaming include comment playback and live captioning - Resource Link
  • Amazon adds ‘AR View’ shopping tool to Android app, powered by Google’s ARCore - Resource Link
  • Google adds Hangouts Chat as core G Suite service - Resource Link
  • Coming soon: automatic room suggestions in Google Calendar - Resource Link
  • Google Vault support for Hangouts Chat - Resource Link
  • Google launches "Learn with Google AI" resources - Resource Link
  • Google launches Song Maker tool in the Chrome Music Lab - Resource Link
  • Google testing new green screen feature for YouTube Stories - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Google Drive's "Shared with Me" section to get update showing common people who have shared with you - Resource Link
  • Google Lens rolling out to all Android devices (and iOS soon) - Resource Link
  • Docs, Sheets, and Slides getting Activity Dashboard to see when files have been viewed - Resource Link
  • Google launches "Art Palette" AI tool to find works of art based on colors you choose - Resource Link
  • Google launches "LIFE Tags" AI tool to search through 4 million historic photos from LIFE magazine - Resource Link
  • Menu and toolbar updates in Google Docs editors - Resource Link
  • Chrome version 65 gets option to export saved passwords as CSV file - Resource Link
  • Google Assistant rolls out for iPads - Resource Link
  • New Google Sites now allows custom favicons - Resource Link
  • YouTube plans to add Wikipedia links below videos about controversial topics - Resource Link
  • Google launches "OK Go Sandbox" with educational activities - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Google's "Just a Line" AR app for Android lets you draw on the world around you - Resource Link
  • Google shares example of how ARCore is being used for AR - Resource Link
  • YouTube now has simpler live streaming option on the web - Resource Link
  • Google launching a Chromebook tablet - Resource Link, Resource Link
  • Subscribe to Highlights notifications for Google+ communities and collections - Resource Link
  • Google acquires Tenor to improve searching for GIFs - Resource Link
  • Rumor: Possible new logo for Google Tasks may mean an update finally coming - Resource Link
  • Google shutting down URL shortening service - Resource Link

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

If you have something to share and would like to join the Hangout for an upcoming meeting, send me an email to let me know at:

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your informative blog. Do you know what will happen with Google Slides Q & A, now that is going? Will Q & A also go? Thanks.