What's New in Google - January 2019

Whats New in Google? January 2019 with G in a yellow starburst

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

Below is the recorded video from our January 2019 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the last month. This includes 23 new Google updates and 27 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 January 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=5dYuc7W0Pv8 (opens in new tab)

You can view the full Google Document agenda with links to all the Google Apps updatesfrom 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

Agenda details

Upcoming Events

What's New in G Suite:  January 2019 

  • Assign unique colors to chart elements in Google Sheets - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Option to embed Google Drawings in Docs - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • 11th annual Doodle for Google contest opens for K-12 students - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Classroom updates include drag-and-drop topics and items, and new look and themes - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Chrome Labs releases online Etch-A-Sketch tool - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Moving Directory settings in the Admin console - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Applications open for Google for Education Certified Innovator Program - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites getting a Material Design update to their look - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • New Scratch 3.0 launches based on Google Blockly - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Upcoming Hangouts service consolidation for all G Suite customers - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Two new Hangouts Meet tools added to the Admin console - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • New Gmail compose formatting and download options - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google’s Jigsaw publishes new quiz to test your ability to identify phishing emails - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Jamboard web improvements - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Updated roadmap for classic and new Google Sites - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Arts and Culture mobile app gets updated with AR tools and more - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Details on G+ shutdown for consumer accounts - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Blogger changes related to G+ shutdown - Resource link (opens in new tab) 

Show and Tell

  • Google Tools and Activities for Art Education - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Tools and Activities for Music Education - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Googley Activities and Tools for Primary Students - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Get Healthy with Google Fit and My Maps - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • 20 Awesome Add-ons for Google Docs - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Write Better with Writer's Highlighter Add-on for Docs - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Dark Mode for Google apps - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides "Guess Who?" game template - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Slides "Guess What?" game template - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Classroom Guide (doc and video) - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Using Google Sheets to manage differentiation activities for students - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Picture-in-Picture mode for YouTube Videos - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Branching Forms for immediate assessment feedback - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • "Decorate your Gingerbread House" Google Slides activity - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • "Disguise Yourself to Break into Santa's Workshop" Google Slides activity - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Creating & Locking Google Slides Backgrounds - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Make a Copy with Version History - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Creating Student Portfolios with Google Sites - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Earth Studio - web tool for creating geographic animations and video - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Google's "Year in Search 2018" - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Digital Wellbeing mini-course from Google to help us find better balance with technology in our lives - Resource link (opens in new tab) (and a collection of digital wellbeing resources from Google and more - Google Docs link (opens in new tab))
  • Font Formatting in Google Comments - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Creating digital self-portraits with Google Drawings - Resource link (opens in new tab), Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Free video course on Google Apps Scripts to learn how to code in Google Sheets - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • US States Google Drawing template - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Build a Member of Congress activity for Google Slides - Resource link (opens in new tab)
  • Create your own "Mobile App" with Google Slides - 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.