Sunday, February 3, 2019

What's New in Google - January 2019

Catch up on everything new in G Suite for Education from January 2019, and see great ideas and resources!

Below is the recorded video from our January 2019 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 27 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 2019 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 G Suite

January 2019
  • Assign unique colors to chart elements in Google Sheets - Resource link
  • Option to embed Google Drawings in Docs - Resource link
  • 11th annual Doodle for Google contest opens for K-12 students - Resource link
  • Google Classroom updates include drag-and-drop topics and items, and new look and themes - Resource link
  • Google Chrome Labs releases online Etch-A-Sketch tool - Resource link
  • Moving Directory settings in the Admin console - Resource link
  • Applications open for Google for Education Certified Innovator Program - Resource link
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites getting a Material Design update to their look - Resource link
  • New Scratch 3.0 launches based on Google Blockly - Resource link
  • Upcoming Hangouts service consolidation for all G Suite customers - Resource link
  • Two new Hangouts Meet tools added to the Admin console - Resource link
  • New Gmail compose formatting and download options - Resource link
  • Google’s Jigsaw publishes new quiz to test your ability to identify phishing emails - Resource link
  • Jamboard web improvements - Resource link
  • Updated roadmap for classic and new Google Sites - Resource link
  • Google Arts and Culture mobile app gets updated with AR tools and more - Resource link
  • Details on G+ shutdown for consumer accounts - Resource link
  • Blogger changes related to G+ shutdown - Resource link

Show and Tell

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

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