What's New in Google - April 2019

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

Below is the recorded video from our April 2019 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the last month. This includes 31 new Google updates and 13 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 April 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.

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.

Agenda details

Upcoming Events 

  • ITIP Ohio Summit Featuring Google for Education - May 13-14, 2019 - Sandusky - www.itipohio.org (opens in new tab)
  • CREATE Conference - June 6, 2019 - Anthony Wayne HS - createconference.net (opens in new tab) 
  • KEEP Academy - June 10-12, 2019 - Streetsboro High School
  • APS3T- June 11-12, 2019 - Firestone CLC, Akron, Ohio 
  • North Olmsted Roadshow - June 12, 2019 - North Olmsted Middle School - Website (opens in new tab)
  • Tech and Trek Conference - June 19-21, 2019 - Hiram College - https://www.ideastream.org/tech-and-trek-conference (opens in new tab)  
  • Wellington Roadshow - June 19, 2019 - Wellington Middle School - Website (opens in new tab)
  • Mid-Ohio Road Show - August 8, 2019 - Bucyrus HS - Website (opens in new tab) 
  • SPARCC Tech Conference - August 9, 2019 - http://conference.apps.sparcc.org (opens in new tab) - Call or proposals closing soon!
  • OCALICON 2019 - November 20-22 2019 Columbus, Ohio - https://conference.ocali.org/register (opens in new tab) 

What's New in G Suite 

 April 2019 

  • Roundup of Google's April Fools announcements
  • Play Snakes game on Google Maps - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Tulip communicates with plants - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • New Screen Cleaner in the Files app - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Collection of old April Fools videos from Google - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Gmail getting option to schedule when an email is sent - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Gmail Smart Compose getting personalization options - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides getting option to embed MP3 and WAV audio files from Drive into Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab) (Recording Tools - Resource Link (opens in new tab))
  • New "Training" and "Updates" option in Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Gmail Smart Compose can now make suggestions for the subject of your email - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Hangouts Chat screen get updated layout with sections for People, Rooms, and Bots - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Search adds "before" and "after" date filter commands - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Assistant will now work with G Suite accounts, starting with Calendar integration - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Admins getting options for advanced phishing and malware protection for Gmail - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Drive getting option to label and search for files with metadata, such as categories - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
    Google Drive getting built-in feature to edit Microsoft Office files in Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launching Currents as replacement for Google+ in G Suite - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Hangouts Meet getting option for live captions - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Coming soon - Comparison in Docs - compare two Google Docs and review the differences as suggested edits in a new Doc - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launching Add-ons for G Suite that work across multiple apps - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
    Activity Dashboard for Docs, Sheets, and Slides now getting Sharing History and Comment Trend features - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • 9 new updates coming to Google Sites - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google's Science Journal app now syncs experiment data to Drive for easy access anywhere - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides getting option to customize theme colors in Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Improvements coming to search in Team Drive, including hiding specific Team Drives and searching by creator - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Classroom gets updates including filtering for topics in the Classwork page, new items posting to the top of the Classwork page, and new attached material view - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Updates for Sheets including Guides, Multi-Selecting Objects, Enhanced Pivot Table Insertion, Copy and paste images into Sheets, Formula backed charts inserted from Answers - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Chrome getting "reader mode" to display simplified, clean version of webpages - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Fit app now available on iOS - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Updated offline mode for Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Earth Timelapse gets updates with more years, easier navigation, and mobile support - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • "Team Drives" is being renamed to "Shared Drives" - Resource Link (opens in new tab) 

Show and Tell 

  • Introducing the Control Alt Achieve Podcast - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Hipster Google 2 - Even More Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • 4 Free and Easy Audio Recording Tools for Google Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides Short and Long Vowel Sounds Audio Activity - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides Instagram Template - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Use Google Drawings to create your class logo - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Random Student Selector using Google Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Create a mobile app from Google Sheets in minutes with the free Glide service - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • 6 Killer Productivity Tips for Google Sheets - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Choose Your Own Adventures with Google Forms - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Super Mario themed Google Slides template for student self-paced activities - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • A Beginner's Guide to Google Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • OCALI Apps for Autism and Low Incidence - 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)

If you have something to share and would like to join the Hangout for an upcoming meeting, send me an email to let me know at: ericcurts@gmail.com (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.