Thursday, November 1, 2018

What's New in Google - October 2018

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

Below is the recorded video from our October 2018 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the last month. This includes 25 new Google updates and 17 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 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
  • Learn21 Conference - November 2, 2018 - Columbus -
  • Google's Applied Digital Skills PD events - Google Doc Flyer
    • Akron Area - Nov 5 - 4:00-6:00pm - Akron City Schools - Register
    • Columbus area - Nov 10 - 8:00 to 11:30am - Westerville City Schools - Register
    • Mansfield area - Nov 12 - Noon-3:30pm - NCOCC in Mansfield, OH - Register
    • Akron Area - Nov 14 - 4:00-6:00pm - Akron City Schools - Register
    • Cincinnati area - Nov 15 - 12:30 to 4:00pm - SWOCA in Hamilton, OH - Register
    • Cleveland area - Nov 20 - 8:00-11:30am - NORT2H in Elyria, OH - Register
  • OETC - Feb 12-14, 2019 - 
  • NEOtech Conference - March 6-7, 2019 - Cleveland Convention Center -
  • EdCampCLE - Apr 13, 2019 - North Ridgeville, OH - Google Doc flyer
  • ITIP Ohio Summit Featuring Google for Education - May 13-14, 2019 - Sandusky -

What's New in Google Apps

October 2018
  • New features rolling out for Search including activity cards, collections, subtopics, and more - Resource link
  • Google updates and clarifies Chrome sign in and sync - Resource link
  • Google Maps on mobile adds group planning tool - Resource link
  • Google Images adding metadata for Creator, Credit, and Copyright Notice - Resource link
  • YouTube on the web launching a Miniplayer for picture-in-picture viewing so you can watch videos while browsing YouTube - Resource link
  • Google hid an elaborate text adventure Easter Egg in Google Search - Resource link
  • Google launches Voice Access accessibility app for Android to let you control your device with spoken commands - Resource link
  • Google partners with TED-Ed to create the Educator Talks YouTube channel - Resource link
  • Google Classroom adds "To Do List" back for teachers - Resource link
  • Google Classroom mobile app gets random student picker tool for teachers - Resource link
  • Google Slides adds option for real-time captions during presentation - Resource link
  • Google+ shutting down for non-enterprise users - Resource link, Resource link
  • Add 2-Step Verification Google Prompt to all your phones automatically - Resource link
  • Explore tool now lets you add charts from files to Docs and Slides - Resource link
  • Alert center for G Suite comes out of beta - Resource link
  • New "Be Internet Awesome" workshop kits from Google - Resource link
  • Google+ for G Suite getting several new features - Resource link
  • All Google Assistant compatible headphones now support real-time Google Translate - Resource link
  • Vertical ruler added to Google Docs - Resource link
  • Google adds quick access to your search activity - Resource link
  • Google Lens added to mobile Google Image search results - Resource link
  • Google launches accessibility experiments for making music and art with AI and your body - Resource link
  • Google launches .new domains to quickly create new files - Resource link
  • Activity Dashboard for Docs, Sheets, and Slides gets updated interface - Resource link
  • GBoard now lets you customize your own Emoji mini - Resource link

Show and Tell

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

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