What's New in Google - October 2019

Illustration: what's New in Google with Google October 2019 with "G" in sunburst
(Image credit: Eric curts)

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

Below is the recorded video from our October 2019 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda and all the awesome resources and G Suite updates from the summer months. This includes 33 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 October 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=jQH1howzmFY 

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

Agenda details


Upcoming Events

  • Teacher Success Summit- October 28- November 2, 2019 - Register (opens in new tab)
  • Learning Innovations Conference - November 5, 2019 - Kent State Student Center - Free registration is now open online (opens in new tab); slots are limited; Earn 6 contact hours or grad credit
  • Teach Better Conference- November 8-9, 2019- Akron, Ohio - https://teachbetterconference.com/ (opens in new tab)
  • OCALICON 2019! November 20-22 Columbus, OH - https://conference.ocali.org/ (opens in new tab)
  • WVIZ/PBS Ideastream Tech & Learning Conference - Cleveland, OH - 11/20/19
  • Google's Applied Digital Skills workshop - NWOCA (Archbold OH) - December 17th from 9am to Noon - Free Registration Link (opens in new tab)
  • NEOTech 2020 (March 16-17) John S Knight Center in Akron
  • Call for Presenters going out tomorrow, Nov 1st search twitter for #NEOTech2020
  • EdTechTeam Ohio Google Summit - Dublin, OH - April 2020
  • The Ohio Google Summit 2020- Kalahari Conference Center in Sandusky, May 10-12, 2020 - Call for Presenters is now open (opens in new tab) (due January 15th)

What's New in G Suite

  • Google starts testing Duplex on the web as 'Assistant in Chrome' - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Dark theme now available for Google Voice on Android- Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google for Education launches a Pinterest page - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches Password Checkup site so you can see if your passwords are compromised or weak - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google to Add End of Life Details to Chromebook Settings App - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Action Blocks: one tap to make technology more accessible - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Recorder app for Android adds transcription and audio search - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Keeping privacy and security simple, for you - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • A new look for the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps- Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Grasshopper app to learn coding is now available for the desktop, including additional courses - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches "Goal Seek" add-on for Sheets to calculate the required value of a cell to achieve a desired formula value in another cell - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google testing search results without listing URLs of sites - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Customize text size and position for captions in Google Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Blogger gets major UI refresh on Android - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Directly click on chart elements to move and delete them in Google Sheets - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds "Exploring the Maya World" collection to Arts & Culture site - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Photos gets a new 'crop document' feature - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google rolling out Live Caption feature starting with Pixel 4 phones - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds ".new" shortcut for Keep with note.new, notes.new, and keep.new to quickly create a new note - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Books gets updated look - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds "Books: From Scrolls to Screens" collection to Arts and Culture site - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Getting started with Google for Education - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • See a filterable, searchable list of the latest G Suite launches- Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Set profile picture for Gmail and all Google apps - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Photos to get new drawing and annotation tools - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google launches "Digital Wellbeing Experiments" for Android - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

      Unlock Clock - Better understand your tech use by seeing how often you unlock your phone - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
      Post Box - Minimize distractions with scheduled notifications - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
      We Flip - Spend quality time together by switching off from technology as a group - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
      Desert Island - Find focus by going a day with only your essential apps - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
      Morph - Stay focused by getting the right apps at the right time - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google makes breakthrough with their quantum computer - Resource Link (opens in new tab)Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google highlights accessibility features for Chromebooks - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • How Google Search Works (in 5 minutes) - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google adds cal.new and meeting.new shortcuts to create a new Google Calendar event - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Hangouts now supports up to 100 participants for schools - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google reminds admins to check their "Comprehensive Mail Storage" setting - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Fundamental Device Management for G Suite will log user access on Windows, Mac, Chrome, and Linux devices - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

Show and Tell

Special Guest- Jen Giffen (opens in new tab) - Jen’s 18 Favourite Google Chrome Extensions - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

G Suite Videos

  • Propose a New Time in Calendar - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • How To: Email collaborators from Google Docs - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • EDU in 90: Innovate with Google Sites - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • How To: Get Notified about Spreadsheet Changes - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • How To: Set up a Tabbed Inbox in Gmail - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Q&A Tool in Slides - The Suite Life - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Transcribe an Audio Note in Keep - The Suite Life - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • EDU in 90: Apps for Writing & Research - Resource Link (opens in new tab)

SPARCC videos on Gmail, Contacts, Google Accounts, etc.

  • How to: Manage Multiple Google Accounts - YouTube link (opens in new tab)
  • How to: Create and Use Folders in Gmail - YouTube link (opens in new tab)
  • How to: Manage your Gmail Inbox Layout Options - YouTube link (opens in new tab)
  • How to: Create a Personal Contact Group in Google Contacts by Manually Adding Addresses - YouTube link (opens in new tab)
  • How to: Create a Personal Contact Group in Google Contacts by Importing Addresses - YouTube link (opens in new tab)
  • How to: Create a Google Group Email List by Manually Adding Addresses - YouTube link (opens in new tab)

Posts from Eric's blog at https://www.controlaltachieve.com/ (opens in new tab)

  • Educational Activities and Games with Flippity - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • 15 Awesome Article Sites for Students - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • 5 Google Classroom Pro Tips for Its 5th Birthday - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Stop Motion - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • 27 Tips to Deliver Powerful Professional Development - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Google Sites Scavenger Hunt to help students learn how to make a site - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Mystery Reveal - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Students learn Google Read and Write - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Just in time for Halloween, Google posted a picture of an actual "Google Graveyard" of products they have killed off - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Book Creator - Upgrade Trainers and Innovators- Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Learn Sheets - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Sketch to Remember - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Screencastify and Reading Fluency - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • GMail Basics Part 1: An EdPuzzle Flipped Lesson - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Pictionary Generator (opens in new tab) is a great way to start creating images using AutoDraw (opens in new tab) to help students with brain breaks.
  • Google Slides Drag and Draw - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Virtual Reality Activity Sequence - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Slido add-on - Create and Run Polls Within Your Google Slides - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Where to Find Incredible Student Templates for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drawings - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Creating and Sharing a TIP Vocabulary Chart in Google Sheets - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Mindful Break - Chrome extension from Google that gives you a mindfulness tip and guides you through a short breathing exercise. Can also set reminders - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • 4 Google MyMaps Activities You Can Do - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Halloween Mad Libs with Google Sheets - Resource Link (opens in new tab)
  • Tracking Success- 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.