Sep 28, 2016

Annotations in Google Classroom Mobile App

Google recently released a feature that now allows both teachers and students to annotate their work directly in the Google Classroom mobile app.

This portable classroom whiteboard can be utilized on-the-go and outside the classroom as a way for teachers to leave feedback or students to sketch their understanding on a topic or concept.

Learn more here.

Sep 26, 2016

Google Search Functionality Comes to Drive

The latest updates to Google Drive include some really neat features, especially with regard to search capabilities.  Natural Language Processing (NLP) allows users to type a search query the way they would talk.  While the new autocorrect functionality helps with those pesky little errors that we all make as we type.  These two new updates make searching in Drive even easier for users and truly enhance your experience.

A few other updates have been squeaked out by the Google Drive Team.  I think many people will truly welcome the ability to finally create actual columns in their Docs.  Now you can easily split your doc into multiple columns by using the Columns tool under Format.  Google has also released a feature that allows you to recover the original non-Google formatted file for a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide.  You can access the original by opening the revision history.

Aug 31, 2016

Google Plus vs. Google Groups in the Classroom

Image result for Google Plus  I had someone ask me a great question today about the difference between Google Plus and Google Groups, especially with regard to use in the classroom.  My initial response was that they are quite similar in what they provide, however, they do differ in their interactivity and functionality.  As you may suspect, there are plusses and minuses to both, but Sharon Huston created a great slideshow that does a great job at comparing/contrasting these two services.  Check it out!

Sharing with Your Class -- Google Groups and Google Communities

Aug 12, 2016

SMART = Starbucks

SMART Technologies is currently looking for educators to complete a roughly 15-minute survey about your teaching style and how you create and use lesson content.  They don't even care if you use a SMART product or not...they'll even give you a $5 Starbucks gift card for completing the survey.  Take the survey's open through 8/26, but with a limited number of spots.

Jul 20, 2016

New Google Sites Finally on the Horizon

In their June update, the Google Apps for Work blog released news that a new Google Sites is in the workflow to be released in the near future.

The new version of software boasts the ability to build sites that are both beautiful and functional while integrating the much-needed drag-and-drop interface.  Collaboration is made easier by incorporating the already easy-to-use platform found in Google Drive.

In addition, the new software will include new themes and templates that will scale to fit any screen size and device.  I think that feature along with the drag-and-drop interface will be a welcomed improvement.  Thank you, Google!

No release date as of the blog post, but keep your eyes peeled.