What's New in Google - August 2019

Illustration with Google G in yellow starburst and text: What's New in Google August 2019
(Image credit: Eric Curts)

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

Below is the recorded video from our August 2019 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the summer months. This includes 60 new Google updates and 16 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:
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 August 2019 meeting:

  • 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

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=NByjSlwTmj0

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

What's New in G Suite (Summer 2019 Edition)

June 2019

  • Google releases the "Future of the Classroom Global Report", which examines research-based trends in classroom education - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Chrome Remote Desktop now available on the web in place of the Chrome app - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google releases new underwater Street View image collection - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • See changes in Google Docs over time with Compare Documents feature - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Sheets gets option to view edit history of a cell - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google's "Game Builder" program lets you create 3D games, with or without coding - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides gets new features in present mode including resizing speaker notes, keyboard shortcuts, and more - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Earth adds third Carmen Sandiego game - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Classroom launches beta for Rubrics - Resource Link (opens in new tab)Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Gradebook in Google Classroom comes out of beta and is now available for all users - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches "Chromebook App Hub" to share ideas and tools for teaching and learning with Chromebooks - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches "G Suite Certification" for students - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Forms updates - Locked mode for quizzes coming out of beta in August, new feature to import questions from other Forms, updated design - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launching beta program for syncing grades from Classroom to school SIS - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Arts & Culture releases "Art Zoom" with videos of musicians discussing famous artworks - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches "Create with Google" site, including new "Audience Connect" add-on for Google Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Earth now works on non-Chrome web browsers - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google shutting down Hangouts on Air streaming option on August 1, 2019 - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launching Beta to make non-Google files available offline through Drive - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Home can now play sound effects and music as you read Little Golden Books - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Book Creator adds Google's Autodraw integration - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Expeditions is now compatible with Chrome OS devices - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Images adding shareable GIFs for direct mobile sharing - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • G Suite Admin console interface updated with text links, dynamic title bars, and more - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

July 2019

  • Google launching Beta program that allows you to request and review formal approvals on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • G Suite Admins can now use Groups to control more settings including Drive sharing and Hangouts - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Sheets gets option to remove or select a custom color for chart borders - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • G Suite Admin Console getting updates for whitelisting and managing domains - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google improving active account awareness when opening files with multiple sign-ins - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Translate app gets updates including more languages, automatic detection, better translations, new look - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds AR version of Apollo 11 module to mobile search - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds several Google Earth tours to celebrate space exploration - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adding 65 new emojis to Android Q - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google's "Arts & Culture" app adds new "Art of Color" AR experience - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • More controls and customizations for headers and footers in Google Docs - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches Gallery Go mobile app to organize and edit photos offline - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google updates Sound Amplifier app that assists hearing by boosting important sounds while filtering out background noise - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google’s new shortcuts can now create files in other signed-in accounts - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google providing free Transformation Reports for K-12 schools to track implementation of G Suite tools - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

August 2019

  • Google Sheets gets new features including Slicers, Scorecard Charts, and Themes - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Measure app updated with smarter AR tools and Material Theme UI - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Images adds side panel for selected pictures - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Priority page in Drive now available for all G Suite editions - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • All Google Classrooms upgrading to Classwork page in September - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • CS First adds two ELA aligned coding activities - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds new fonts to help improve reading speed in Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • "Originality Reports" for Google Docs help detect plagiarism and needed citations in student writing - Resource Link
  • Google launches "Assignments" to give Classroom features to LMS users and other non-Classroom users - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google's Socratic mobile app uses AI to help students get resources for subject matter questions - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launching beta program to allow creation of shortcuts in Drive - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Live edits in Docs help improve real-time collaboration for assistive technology users - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Improved as-you-type spelling and grammar correction in Gmail - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Grow with Google adds Spanish language resources to Applied Digital Skills, Google Primer, and more - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Go app for Android provides easy access to Google Lens and text-to-speech reading for any webpage - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Drive mobile app now has the ability to fill out and save PDF forms - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches Professional Collaboration Engineer certification for G Suite admins - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Photos can now search for text that appears in images - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Search adds elaborate ‘Wizard of Oz’ Easter Egg for film’s 80th anniversary - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides adds presentation looping and auto advance options- Resource Link (opens in new tab)Resource Link  (opens in new tab)
  • YouTube Kids coming to the web with age-specific filters - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

Show and Tell

  • Jake Miller's resources - Educational Duct Tape Podcast (opens in new tab) - GIF-a-Day (opens in new tab)
  • Digital Wellbeing - Tools to Balance Tech and Life - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Learn your New Students' Faces, Names, and More with Google Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides template for "Year in Review" student reflection - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Using Wakelet and Google Drawings to create and share PottyPD resources - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • How to install CloudReady on an end-of-life Chromebook to continue getting updates - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Netflix Hangouts - Chrome extension lets you watch Netflix inside of a fake Google Hangouts window - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Turn your Favorite Book into a Netflix Series - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Workshop Sign up using Google Forms - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Slide Reveal template - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Innovator Project - Helping “THAT” Kid be Successful- DOK - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Slide Translator - Google Slide Add-On - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • ConnectHub - Google Innovator Project - Instructional Coaching Tool - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Using Google Forms and Quizlet Live for a "Getting to Know You" back-to-school activity - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Student Voice and Choice with Digital Templates and Menus using Google Slides and Drawings - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • How to stop receiving spam events in your Google Calendar - 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.