Teacher Tools: Education Apps

Google for Education

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Introducing G Suite for Education

A new name for Google Apps: G Suite

Presented by Jonathan Rochelle
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION

G Suite for Education is the same set of apps that you know and love—Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more— but designed with new intelligent features that make work easier and bring teachers and students together.

Smarter spreadsheets

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We launched Explore in Google Sheets to help summarize spreadsheet data with automated charts and insights. But many students might not experience the full value of spreadsheets because they can’t write formulas. This is a case of the computer requiring you to speak its language. Machine intelligence turns this upside down, so now the computer understands your language. Students can simply enter a question using natural language and Explore in Google Sheets will use Natural Language Processing to translate the question into a formula and offer an instant answer.

Smarter documents

We’ve also added Explore in Google Docs with machine intelligence to automatically recommend related topics to learn about, images to insert, and more content to discover. Students can even use Explore in Google Docs to find a related document from Drive, so they spend less time switching between apps and more time polishing their assignments.  And educators will be happy to hear that image searches performed using Explore limit results to those that comply with SafeSearch and are approved for use with Creative Commons.

Smarter presentations

For students, making a presentation inspiring can be a lot of work. Often, students spend more time formatting slides than thinking creatively about the story they want to tell. Now, as students add content to a presentation, Explore in Google Slides dynamically offers layout suggestions that help the content shine. In just a couple of clicks, students can create polished presentations that bring their ideas to life. The best thing about these intelligent features is that they’ll continue to learn and improve over time the more they’re used, and save students even more time tomorrow than they save them today.

Smarter scheduling

Finding time to meet with other teachers can be hard, especially when the list of people and locations you’re coordinating starts to grow. Google Calendar uses machine intelligence to help you easily find a time when invitees are free, and it also suggests available rooms based on your previous bookings. And, when the list of invitees grows long and no times are available, Calendar will suggest times across the group where the conflicts are easiest to resolve, such as recurring 1:1 meetings.

Learn more about the new name and features.

Upcoming November Workshop: Google Apps Online Orientation

Google  Apps Workshop Notice

In this one-hour online training session, faculty and staff will be oriented to the online Google Apps workshop to review using Google Gmail and Google Calendar.

Seating is limited – - complete the Registration Form to reserve your seat by November 3rd! Select one (1) session:

  • November 10th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon
  • November 17th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

If you have questions about the workshop, contact:

Mernathan Sykes
sykesm@matc.edu
414-297-6890

 

Google Apps Update – Calendar

 

Launch of Reminders for Google Calendar on the web

Google has announced that Reminders are now available in Google Calendar on the web.
New features:
Set a reminder for a specific time and date and get notified when it’s time. To create a reminder, tap on a time in the calendar grid, then select “Reminder.”
  • Reminders carry forward to the next day, until you mark them done. To mark a reminder as done, simply click on the reminder, and click ‘Mark as done’.
  • Reminders created in the Google app, Keep, and Inbox will also show in Google Calendar.
  • Reminders on the web will sync to your Google Calendar Android and iOS apps.

Please note:

  • Reminders are private to calendar owners and are not viewable, even if your calendar is shared with others.
  • Google Tasks users will not be prompted to use the Reminders feature. It can be enabled from the drop down menu on the Tasks calendar.

 

Google Apps Update – Drive

Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files

Google has added a new feature to Google Drive.  According to Google, this new feature helps keep your organization’s information safe. Google is introducing the ability to set an “expiration date” for specific user access to files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

For instance, imagine a student receives an incomplete in your course. To complete the course, the student needs to view a spreadsheet, doc, or presentation containing pertinent information about the course. Following this launch, you’ll be able to share docs, spreadsheets, and presentations with the student, give them view access-only, and set that access to expire at the end of the semester. If the student attempts to open the spreadsheet after the expiration date has passed, they’ll be denied access.

Please note that you’ll only be able to set expiration dates for users with comment or view access; you will not be able to set expiration dates for file owners or users with edit access.

Blackboard’s Video Everywhere Tool Not Available

YouTube IconAfter January 16, 2016, Google plans to drop support for its record webcam video to YouTube feature.  As a result, Blackboard’s Video Everywhere tool  has ceased functioning and has become unavailable in Blackboard’s content editor. Blackboard is aware of this change to the Google API and is looking for a solution to apply in a future update.

Workaround Instructions

Instructors may record videos through these free external tools:

Instructors may upload videos they have recorded using external tools to YouTube and then share their YouTube videos through link or embed code in their courses in Blackboard. To learn more about these processes, please see:

For additional known issue statements and workarounds, please see MATC’s Faculty Blackboard Support site.

Google Apps & Tools

Free Online Event: Engaging Students with Free Web Tools

FREE Online Event: Transform Your Classroom with Google
Are you interested in using Google Apps and Tools in your classroom, but you’re not sure where to start? Join us at our upcoming free online event as our renowned experts share their favorite tips and tricks for integrating Google into your classroom.
FREE REGISTRATION – Click Here to Learn More

5 Must-See Google Topics:

  • Going Google: The Quick Start Guide to Getting Started with Google Tools
  • Google Classroom: An Intro to Saving Time, Staying Organized, and Improving Communication
  • Make Google Forms Work for You!
  • Improve Writing Skills Using Digital Writing and Google Docs
  • Going Google: An Overview of Google’s iOS Apps

 

Google Apps & Tools

Free Online Event: Engaging Students with Free Web Tools

FREE Online Event: Transform Your Classroom with Google
Are you interested in using Google Apps and Tools in your classroom, but you’re not sure where to start? Join us at our upcoming free online event as our renowned experts share their favorite tips and tricks for integrating Google into your classroom.
FREE REGISTRATION – Click Here to Learn More

5 Must-See Google Topics:

  • Going Google: The Quick Start Guide to Getting Started with Google Tools
  • Google Classroom: An Intro to Saving Time, Staying Organized, and Improving Communication
  • Make Google Forms Work for You!
  • Improve Writing Skills Using Digital Writing and Google Docs
  • Going Google: An Overview of Google’s iOS Apps

 

Free Online Webinars: Become a Google Tools Expert

Become a Google Tools Expert
Free Online Event: Become a Google Tools Expert

Do you know how to utilize all of Google’s free apps and tools for your classroom? Here’s your chance to learn! Join us at our free event as our experienced presenters share their favorite tips & tricks for using Google to increase collaboration and productivity with your students.

Space Is Limited – Click Here to Register and Save Your Seat

6 Free Google Webinars:

• Productivity and Collaboration with Google Drive

• Simplify Data Collection with Google Forms

• The Quick Start Guide to Getting Started with Google

• Make Collaboration Easy with Google Presentations

• Improve Writing Skills Using Google Docs

Click Here for Free Registration
Click Here for Free Registration

Become a Google Tools Expert

Free Online Event:

Become a Google Tools Expert

  • An overview of using Google tools with student projects and assignments
  • Step-by-step guides on how to increase student writing and researching skills
  • Information on FREE Google resources for increasing student engagement
• Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 9:00:00 AM CST

• Productivity and Collaboration in the Cloud with Google Drive
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 10:00:00 AM CST

• Go Google for Presentations
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 11:00:00 AM CST

• Simplify Data Collection and Documentation with Google Forms
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 12:00:00 PM CST

• 10 Google Search Tips to Help You Find the Info You Need
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1:00:00 PM CST

• Improve Writing Skills Using Digital Writing and Google Docs
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 2:00:00 PM CST

• How To Get The Most From the Teacher Learning Community
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 3:00:00 PM CST

Click here to request registration link!