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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, 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
  • Learning Innovations Conference - November 5, 2019 - Kent State Student Center - Free registration is now open online; slots are limited; Earn 6 contact hours or grad credit
  • Teach Better Conference- November 8-9, 2019- Akron, Ohio - https://teachbetterconference.com/
  • OCALICON 2019! November 20-22 Columbus, OH - https://conference.ocali.org/
  • 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
  • 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 (due January 15th)

What's New in G Suite

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

  • Google launches "Digital Wellbeing Experiments" for Android - Resource Link

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

Show and Tell

Special Guest- Jen Giffen - Jen’s 18 Favourite Google Chrome Extensions - Resource Link

G Suite Videos

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

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

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To see the schedule for upcoming Google User Group meetings visit: Google User Group schedule - https://sites.google.com/view/geg-ohio/monthly-meetings

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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.