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Google Classroom adding more features Aug & Sept 2015

posted Aug 26, 2015, 3:32 PM by Carol LaRow

Google is adding some nice features to Classroom. Some of the features are ones teachers have requested.

 You will be able to:
- move announcements and assignments to the top of a stream to give them more prominence
- reuse posts, assignments, and announcements done in previous years 
- make changes to posts without having to re-type
- post questions and allow students to have discussions
- attach a Google Form to a post

Google Classroom Updates

posted Jan 14, 2015, 2:45 PM by Carol LaRow

January 14, 2015 - Google released updates to Google Classroom this week. Updates were based on feedback from teachers.

There are two new features: 
 1) a teacher assignment page
 2) ability to archive classes

In addition, Google launched a Classroom mobile app for both Android and iOS (available in Google Play).
With the mobile app, users can take photos from the assignment page. Users can also attach images, PDF's
and webpages from other apps to their assignments.



Gmail Has New Setup Gadget For New Users

posted Jul 19, 2014, 10:01 AM by Carol LaRow

July 18, 2014: Gmail has a new "setup" gadget to help new users learn the interface and get started. The gadget is customized for Google Apps and helps users set up their Gmail accounts.  Actions in the gadget include things such as adding a profile picture, creating an email signature, creating auto responders, and using features such as undo.

The setup gadget is hidden once the user completes all the actions. The gadget can be relaunched from the Settings Menu.

Changes To URL's Pointing to Google DRIVE

posted Jul 19, 2014, 9:57 AM by Carol LaRow

July 17, 2014: Currently, there are two URLs users can use to reach Google DRIVE.
1) docs.google.com
2) drive.google.com

Google has introduced new home screens for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, and has announced that it will be re-directing docs.google.com to point to the new Docs Homescreen - drive.google.com.  Google suggests that users update their bookmarks.

GAFE Administrators - New Options For User Profiles

posted Jul 19, 2014, 9:52 AM by Carol LaRow

July 11, 2014: When adding users to domains, administrators now have the option to add and manage contact information on user profiles. Examples of this are: secondary email addresses, phone numbers, address information, ID numbers, titles, departments, etc. The data entered will be visible on user profiles in the Admin Console and Gmail Contacts.

New Mobile Apps For Docs and Sheets

posted May 11, 2014, 1:39 PM by Carol LaRow

April 30, 2014: As of April 30th, there are stand alone apps for Docs and Sheets. Slides will be next.
You can use them off line - view, edit, and create files without being on the WEB.

Add-On Feature In Docs and Sheets

posted May 11, 2014, 1:37 PM by Carol LaRow

April 1, 2014: There is a new add-on feature in Docs and Sheets. You can see the add-on feature
in the menu of an open document. Click on the link in the drop down menu to browse through choices.
Once you install the add-on, it will be available across all your documents or spreadsheets.

Please Note: GAFE administrators can disable add-ons through the DRIVE Settings in the Admin Console.


Google Calendar Events - Hangout Video Call Link

posted Mar 31, 2014, 4:33 PM by Carol LaRow   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 4:33 PM ]

March 26, 2014: New Calendar events now have a Hangouts video call link.
The link is added automatically to save time and eliminate the need for event creators
to add the Hangouts link manually. This will be beneficial if the event creator forgets to
supply the link for users. 

You will also be able to add names to Hangouts video links to make it easier for people to
join the video call. The Hangout creator must have an active Google + profile for this to work.

For GAFE and GAFB accounts, admins can disable this features through Calendar Settings in 
the Admin Console.

Edit Images In Google Slides and Drawings

posted Mar 31, 2014, 4:28 PM by Carol LaRow

March 26, 2014: Users can now edit images in both Slides and Drawings.
Editing features include: crop, apply shape masks, and borders.

New Google SHEETS Has Replaced The Older Version

posted Mar 22, 2014, 4:20 PM by Carol LaRow

March 21, 2014: Starting today, the new Google SHEETS is now the default, which is faster and can support larger spreadsheets. Google Apps domains will start to see the release soon. If domains are on "rapid release," they will see the change over the next few weeks. Any spreadsheets created after the upgrade is complete, will be using the new version. Users may opt-out through the settings menu in Sheets.
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