What's New in Google - November 2019

"What's New in Google? November 2019" with yellow starburst and Google "G"
(Image credit: Eric Curts)

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

Below is the recorded video from our November 2019 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the summer months. This includes 24 new Google updates and 21 Google resources for your class.

The monthly meetings are hosted by the Google Educator Group of Ohio (opens in new tab), 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 November 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fwzu64aV3c

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 (opens in new tab)

Agenda details

Upcoming Events

What's New in G Suite

  • Live captions in Hangouts Meet now available on iOS - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Chrome version 79 getting features including tab freezing and shared clipboard - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Set group membership deletion limits in Google Cloud Directory Sync - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Learn how to organize and analyze data with Google Sheets on Coursera - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google extends the life of over 100 Chromebooks w/ extra year of software support - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Chrome OS gets Virtual Desks feature to organize your workspace and multitask, as well as Click-to-call and easier printing options - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Insert collapsible text boxes into new Google Sites - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google updates Teachable Machine AI tool with option to save and export your learning model - Resource Link (opens in new tab)Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Rollout update for adding audio to Google Slides presentations - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • New palette features added to the Equatio Chrome Extension - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Right-to-left language support available for new Google Sites - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches the FreddieMeter, an AI-powered tool to measure how much you sing like Freddie Mercury - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Search on mobile now lets you practice pronouncing words. English now with Spanish coming soon - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Classroom Rubrics can now be reused - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds settings in Admin Console to control Working Hours option in Calendar - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Revamped My Devices page will help users find and manage their devices- Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Add different page numbers to different sections in Google Docs - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Sites adding option for site viewers to submit feedback - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds new Project tool so you can create your own tours and stories in Google Earth including locations, images, videos, icons, lines, Street View, and collaborative editing - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Coppa and Youtube - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Smart Compose for Google Docs launching in beta - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google discontinuing Cloud Print as of December 31, 2020 - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google opens Beta program to allow G Suite accounts to use Google Assistant (instead of just personal Google accounts) - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google's "My Storytime" website lets you record your own stories that can be played on a Google Home and shared with others - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

Show and Tell

  • EDU in 90: The Latest, November 2019 - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Slides Randomizer - Google Slides Add-on - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • How to quickly scan documents with the Google Drive app - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Want to make a podcast? - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Slip-in-Slide - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Digital Breakout Made EASY! - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Fraction Bar using a Table - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Audio in Slides change image - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Grackle - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Jamboard Animated GIF Vocabulary Lesson - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • How to use the new Google Drive Priority Page - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • SpeechTexter - Resource Link (opens in new tab) - A good alternative speech to text tool if students do not have access to Voice Typing in Docs or are not able to sign into a Google account
  • Youtube Closed Captioning- Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Earth Creation Tools Examples - Donnie Piercey - Solar System  (opens in new tab) - Josh Williams - Man- Made Disasters (opens in new tab) - Clay Smith/Abid Patel - Google Certified Innovator Directory (opens in new tab)
  • How to use your school G Suite account with the free Microsoft Office 365 apps - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Docs template for an "Unconscious Habit Tracker" - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Better Google Searching You Can Do - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Red Ball Challenge - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Hour of Code - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

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

Google User Group schedule - https://sites.google.com/view/geg-ohio/monthly-meetings (opens in new tab)

cross posted at www.controlaltachieve.com

Eric Curts is an education trainer and consultant with over 20 years' experience throughout the U.S. He is an authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator. Read his blog at www.controlaltachieve.com and follow him on Google+ and @ericcurts on Twitter.