Computer Science Custom Search, MYP Design Grading Rubric, Google Classroom Update, and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from December 15 to 21, 2014.


To make it easier for all K-12 educators to access computer science education materials, Google created Computer Science (CS) Custom Search. This search engine has been customized to connect you to more than 550 CS education-related websites.

Grading Rubric - plus.google.com

+Sarah Woods created an MYP design grading rubric. If you'd like a copy of the editable form, just ask and Sarah will share it with you.

Add a note when responding to calendar invitations - isimplify.com.au

When responding to calendar invitations, it can be useful to add a note explaining your response. This might be letting the organiser know why you declined, advising fellow guests you’ll be a few minutes late, or calling in via Hangout. H/T +Samantha Vardanega


Now teachers can always see revision history for student assignments in #GoogleClassroom. Teachers are now added as editors to docs attached to student assignments, so they can see revision history and provide feedback before assignments are turned-in and after they’re returned. H/T +Brian Dittfeld 


You can now browse notifications by clicking on the bell at the top right corner of the Google+ page. The new tray is a simple list that allows you to quickly scan all notifications and view the relevant content with a single click.


There are now more ways to share Drive files with friends and family through Gmail, without having to worry about accidentally removing their access. By selecting the “Insert as Attachment” option from Drive you’ll be able to attach non-Google files directly to your Gmail message. Now you can be sure your friend will always have that great candid photo from your weekend getaway, or the PDF for your aunt’s fruitcake recipe even if you delete it from your Drive. 

Custom status messages for Google Hangouts - googleappsupdates.blogspot.com.au

People using Google Hangouts on the web can now add custom status messages and see the status messages of others in the Contacts view. Status messages can be added via the settings menu.


Gmail on the desktop is becoming more secure with support for Content Security Policy (CSP). H/T +Bashrat Din 


Vertex 42 Gallery is an addon for Sheets & Docs.  It has a ton of templates.  Don't REINVENT the wheel!  There is a GREAT template for that ugly and annoying 'School Year Calendar'. Great video tutorial from +Allison Mollica