Google Introduces Voice Typing, Faster Insights for Forms, and More Updates!

Here are some February 2016 Google Apps updates that might be interest to you.

Type, Edit, and Format Documents Using Your Voice in Google Docs

Google launched a new feature called “Voice Typing” that helps users construct ideas, jot down notes, or even compose reports - all without touching your keyboard!

To begin, select “Voice typing” in the “Tools” menu when using Google Docs in Chrome. Say anything from your mind and then start editing and formatting with commands like “copy,” “insert table,” and “highlight.” View full list of commands here.

As an added bonus, they are also making it possible for voice typing to dictate in dozens of additional accents and dialects! Users shouldn’t exert an effort to download and use complex applications to accomplish everyday tasks with Voice Typing.

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Get Faster Insights From Your Google Forms

Back in September, Google revealed a sleek new experience for Forms like adding logos to your forms. Recently, they continue to build on what they have started with new features to ensure even better experience to users.

A variety of templates can be also be chosen when you start a new form. Then, the new “Individual Responses” tab provides an in-depth view of your responses, including browsing through all the answers given by a single respondent.

They have also added an option for users to receive email notifications each time a form is filled out, making it easy for people to keep track of their forms.

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Organizing Files in Google Drive? A Piece of Cake!

Storing tons of files in Google Drive is a great way to keep them secured, but as you save more files there, maintaining their organization can be tough. Here are some of the recent improvements done by Google that will help you put things easier to where they belong:

When browsing files in Google Drive, the toolbar now shows a “Move” icon for files already in Drive and “Add to My Drive” for everything else.



When previewing files, a new icon lets you add the file to any folder in “My Drive” quickly and easily.



From search results, you can now drag and drop files into folders.



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Gmail Android App to Support Rich Text Formatting and Instant RSVPs

New features will be implemented in an update for the Gmail Androip App. These features include:

Rich Text Formatting: Users now can bold, italicize, underline, and more!



Instant RSVPs: If a user has Google Calendar or Microsoft Exchange, calendar invitations now include a one-tap option to show your schedule and respond.



As to when the update will be implemented, there is no tentative date yet. All Android users will be affected with this update and the release will rollout gradually for 3 or more days.

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Latest versions of the Google Sheets and Slides Apps for Android are now Available!

Google Play now contains the latest versions of the Sheets and Slides apps for Android, with features to work from your mobile devices even better.

Images will now render the Google Sheets Android app. Take note that images in frozen rows and columns may not be shown properly.


As long as you’re online, you can now easily change the theme of your presentation in the Google Slides Android App with 18 themes to choose from.


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How to Set Auto-Expiration Date in Google Drive, Search for Publicly Shared Google Docs and more


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from February 16 to February 22, 2015.
How to Set Auto-Expiration Date for Shared Folders & Files in Google Drive - labnol.org

When you share any folder or file in Google Drive with someone, the shared links will work forever until you manually change the sharing permissions. What if you want to share a folder in your Google Drive for exactly 24 hours and automatically make the folder private after that period? Google Drive does not offer an option but you can easily can add an auto-expiry date to any of your shared files and folders with the help of a simple Google Script. The script works for both Gmail and Google Apps accounts. Thanks to +Dan Leighton


Lesson plans & science experiments galore. Search for all that & more with publicly shared Docs. Just type site:docs.google.com "Example Topic" into Google Search.


g(Math) is updated to include graphing inequalites - plus.google.com

You can now insert the graphs of inequalities into your Doc with g(Math)! Just enter the inequalities, separating each one with a comma, and click Preview to see your graph. h/t +John McGowan



Download your YouTube videos in their original resolution - cnet.com
Want to move your YouTube videos to another service but don't have backups? Skip downloading the low-resolution ones from your account and use this method instead. Thanks to +JR Ginex-Orinion

Official Google Calendar Chrome Extension Makes Date With Material Design - omgchrome.com

If you haven’t checked in on the official Google Calendar extension for Chrome for a while you’re in for a treat. Earlier this month Google updated the toolbar add-on with lashings of its Material Design language, giving it some synergy with Android 5.0. h/t +Francisco Massanet-Nicolau

15 Best Sites for Open Source Images - globaldigitalcitizen.org

Here are a few resources on guidelines, and then our list of the top sites for open source images that are safe to get pics from. You might find that one site will be your go-to site for open source images, but there are indeed choices out there, and you might even contribute some of your own images to share. h/t +Nathan Kellogg
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Invitation for the 2015 Netherlands Google for Education Summit at Int’l School of Amsterdam

The International School of Amsterdam, in cooperation with AppsEvents, is pleased to be hosting the 2015 Netherlands Google for Education Summit on May 2 (Saturday) to May 3, 2015 (Sunday). It's going to be an exciting two days of exploring, learning and leveraging the Google Apps for Education suite of tools. It will be the first of many Google events we hope to host in our new Professional Development Center.

We hope to have a range of attendees, so in addition to the tech experts at your school, we hope you will send teachers, office staff, and anyone who wants to use Google tools more effectively.

We are also holding a pre-summit Veracross Users' Group meeting on May 1st and are planning a "data track" during the Google Summit on May 2 & 3 designed for people who work in school offices - from Athletics to HR, Secretarial, and Admissions - to support these folks in leveraging Google tools to make their work more efficient. You can go here to find out more information about the pre-Summit.

Why Attend a Summit?

Google Apps for Education is a powerful tool that can enhance and support education and organization communication at every level. The Netherlands Google for Education Summit is a fantastic two-day event that is focused on helping you to get the most out of these Google tools in both education and business environment.

The summit is packed with sessions lead by some of the worlds leading Google education experts including Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers and Certified Google Apps Administrators and other education technology experts giving sessions at all levels. Check out the initial speaker and session line-up here.

Aside from the fantastic sessions we’ve prepared, you’ll also enjoy great networking opportunities including an evening party to catch up with colleagues from other international schools and speakers.

CLICK HERE to register for the Netherlands Summit.

Are you looking to get Google certified? At the Summit we’ll run a certification bootcamp which will prepare you for the exams ahead. Find out more about the bootcamp.

If you don’t want to miss the “must attend” Google event this year, CLICK HERE to register for the Netherlands Summit. Early bird pricing is going on so grab them now while they last.


*Group discount also available


Become a Speaker

If you are a Google Education fan, have knowledge on some area of using Google tools in Education and are interested to apply to lead a session, our request for speakers form is still open. It’s a great way to raise your profile in EdTech circles.



Other events happening across Europe:

View all events at www.appsevents.com
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The Return of Clipped Cells in Google Spreadsheet, 9 Reasons to Elect Google Apps in your Classroom and More



Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from February 9 to February 15, 2015.

The return of clipped cells in Google Spreadsheet - plus.google.com

Google Sheets just got a subtle upgrade, making it possible to clip cell overflow (rather than wrap it). This was possible in the old Google Sheets, but not the new. h/t +Andrew Stillman



9 Reasons to Elect Google Apps to your Classroom - pages.backupify.com

Want to join the millions of students and educators worldwide using Google Apps for Education? We don’t blame you. The benefits of Google in classrooms are endless! In this free eBook, we’ve highlighted the top 9 for you to sway the naysayers. Thanks to +Katie Thornton

The New Google Apps for your Smartphone - plus.google.com

The Google Docs app for Android and iPhone got a fresh makeover.

New Andriod Apps that are available in Chrome OS - plus.google.com

Six new Android apps are available on Chrome OS today, including SlideShare for sharing presentations, Tapatalk for keeping tabs on your favorite forums, and Yo for, well, saying Yo.

A quick checkup and a simple thanks - googledrive.blogspot.com
During Safer Internet Day, Google encouraged Gmail users to take a 2 minute Security Check up. While everything stored in Drive is always encrypted in transit and at rest in Google’s custom-built data centers, this checkup ensures you’re making the most of the 24/7 protection you already get from Google.

New PDF Icon for Gmail and Google Drive - plus.google.com

Gmail has recently updated the icon for PDF attachments: it no longer uses the Adobe Reader icon and it opted for a basic text icon. h/t +David Andrade

Tips for being a Gmail ninja - support.google.com

Keyboard shortcuts help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse.


g(Math) updated with better image quality - mathtechtips.blogspot.com

The top feature request/complaint about g(Math) was the poor image quality upon scaling but now, you can easily indicate the size of the image you want which increases quality. h/t +John McGowan

App Kickstart Guides from Google Play for Education - sites.google.com

Kickstart Guides are designed to build your Android app-titude for specific apps in Google Play for Education, by getting you up and running in as little as 15 minutes with videos, best practices, and much more. +Bill Bass

Download Youtube in MP4 Format - youtubeinmp4.com

Easily download Youtube videos to MP4 format. Thanks to +Allison Mollica for sharing this great tool.
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Unlock your Chromebook with your Android Phone, Turn Student Writing Into Stylish Flipbooks and More



Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from February 2 to February 8, 2015.

Unlock your Chromebook with your Android phone - support.google.com

Smart Lock for Chrome automatically turns on Bluetooth for your compatible devices during setup. Bluetooth MAC addresses are stored by Google for devices that have Smart Lock for Chrome turned on. These are deleted when you turn Smart Lock for Chrome off. h/t +Jeremy Collins

Turn student writing into stylish flipbooks - www.iste.org

Students love to write stories and illustrate their tales with original artwork. Whether you prefer your students to handwrite their stories and reports or type them up in Word or Google Docs, you can transform their work into a slick-looking flipbook using a free tool called FlipSnack. h/t +Cortney Steffens

How-To Customize themes in Google Slides - isimplify.com.au

Google Slides have a good range of themes you can use to add some colour and fun to your presentations. However, sometimes the look and feel of the theme might not be quite what you’re after. The good news is that you can use the Edit master feature in Google Slides to make changes to colours, fonts and images in the theme. Thanks to +Samantha Vardanega for this tip.

Co-teacher feature added to Doctopus - plus.google.com

Google Classroom users can now quickly addco-teachers to assignments they "ingest" through Doctopus. Thank you +Andrew Stillman



Chrome browser offline access to Google Docs editors - googleappsupdates.blogspot.com

Setting up offline access manually can be cumbersome, so in a couple of weeks you’ll be able to just sign into Chrome on the web and visit Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides―and offline will be enabled automatically. This is already the default behavior on Chrome OS, so nothing will change there. h/t +Brian Dittfeld

5 Top Trends in Education Technology 2015 - inc.com

Here are five top trends in ed tech to keep on your radar screen in 2015 and beyond. h/t +Lee Webster
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Some of the Things You Can Expect from the 2016 Qatar Summit feat Google for Education

The Qatar Foundation in cooperation with AppsEvents is proud to be hosting another Google for Education Summit this March 11-12, 2016 to be held at the Qatar Academy in Doha.

The 2016 Qatar Google for Education Summit is a fantastic learning event to support classroom teachers, school leaders and school IT staff on leveraging Google Apps for Education’s suite of tools to enhance and support 21st century learning.

Check out some of the exciting things you can look forward to during the 2-day summit.

If you have not registered yet for the summit, please secure your seat at http://qatar.appsevents.com/. Early bird promo pricing available until February 11, 2016.

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Chromebook Management and the Google Apps Classroom

We are also delighted to offer the Chromebook Management Course designed to help you get started on using the device in an educational set-up.

The course will run as a seven part series spread throughout the 2-day summit and will be headed by Google Certified Trainer, Copil Bogdan. In this customized learning pathway, we will cover the key functionalities of the Chrome OS so you can maximize the full potential of the Google Apps for Education suite of tools in your Chromebook device and then take a closer look at specific tools/apps/extensions and the best practices on using them to enhance student learning and teacher productivity. Learn more.

Customize your summit experience
according to your experience or job role!


All AppsEvents summits have some specific learning pathways that goes beyond Google Apps for attendees who want to take deeper dives into specific subjects or job roles. Remember though that all sessions are ‘open access’ so attendees can choose individual sessions depending on their areas of interest and many choose last minute depending on the conversations they have on the day.

Beginner / Intermediate

Do you feel that you need more time to explore specific tools? Start your day on the right foot with our focused beginner/intermediate sessions. We have sessions on the core Google apps such as Sheets, Forms, and Drawing. There are also sessions about blogging, using YouTube EDU, and doing better research the Googley way.

Advanced

Ready to level up? Make sure to bring a laptop or a Chromebook with you and explore ways in which features of Google Classroom plus Google Docs & Drive can be used to embed the IB MYP Approaches to Learning within tasks and assessments. There will also be an interactive workshop which will introduce Google Fusion Tables (Beta) and how to locate and use open data sources to answer questions and create stories around data sets as well as a session designed for School Administrators to simplify daily administrative tasks.

For Administrators

We are also bringing also bringing AppsEvents Certified Admin Level 1 and 2 as regular summit sessions.

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Mobile
On Friday, day 1 of the Qatar summit, we will have mobile focused sessions spearheaded by AppsEvents Team member James Sayer, Classroom where you can try the latest Android device, learn about using tablets in the classroom, administering apps and devices, mobile app development and more.

For a more comprehensive list of the various sessions, please visit http://qatar2016.sched.org/.

Demo Slams!
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We will also have a Demo Slam session where attendees are encouraged to showcase a tip or trick that others will be able to use in 2 minutes or less. Slams can be pre-planned and expected to have been rehearsed/prepared.

Learn more or submit your slam ideas here!

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You are Invited to The Central European Google Cloud Camp at Vienna Int’l School

The Vienna International School, in cooperation with AppsEvents, is pleased to be hosting the first Central European Google Cloud Camp on Friday February 27, 2015.

It's going to be a full day of exploring, learning and leveraging the Google Apps for Education suite of tools. There will be sessions on the core Google 'apps', using the Flubaroo add-on, and how to encourage collaboration in class to name a few. 

For those looking to get certified, this training will also help prepare the delegates for the Google Certified Educator qualifications.

More details can be found below and you can register here. We look forward to having you.


Why attend a Google Cloud Camp?

The Central European Google Cloud Camp is a curriculum focused on authentic and valuable ways to use Google Education Tools in the classroom. Beginners will leave equipped with powerful skills to use Google tools to facilitate learning in an efficient and engaging manner and experienced users will finally learn smart ways to use Google Docs and Drive, scripts and more (complete list of topics to be covered can be found on this link).

Cloud Camp is the ultimate ‘one day’ experience for learning Google Apps for Education.

Who is the Google Cloud Camp for?
School leaders, teachers, and IT staff from public, private and international schools who are looking for hands-on Google Apps for Education training can join. Schools planning to “go Google” can quickly get their teachers up to speed on integrating the various tools available for education purposes.

For those looking to get Google certified, the event is also a fantastic opportunity to prepare for the Google Educator certification qualifications.

It's going to be a really great event with Google Certified Teacher Jon Neale and Google Education Trainer Sarah Woods leading the Cloud Camp. Register today!
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Announcing NYC Metro Summit featuring Google for Education. See what's in store!

The Eleanor Roosevelt High School in cooperation with AppsEvents and LogicWing is proud to be hosting the first NYC Metro Google for Education Summit on March 19 and 20, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) with the Google EDU certification preparation bootcamp being offered as a whole day pre-summit course on Friday.


The summit is a fantastic learning event to support classroom teachers, school leaders and school IT staff on leveraging Google Apps for Education tools to enhance and support 21st century learning.


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Check out some of the exciting things you can look forward to during the 2-day summit.


Customize your summit learning
according to your experience or job role!


All AppsEvents summits have some specific learning pathways that goes beyond Google Apps for attendees who want to take deeper dives into specific subjects or job roles. Remember though that all sessions are ‘open access’ so attendees can choose individual sessions depending on their areas of interest and many choose last minute depending on the conversations they have on the day.


Beginner / Intermediate


Do you feel that you need more time to explore specific tools? Start your day on the right foot with our focused beginner/intermediate sessions. We have sessions on the core Google apps such as Docs and Drive, Sheets, creative ways of using Slides for a collaborative classroom, using Sites for digital portfolios, among others on using technology and Google tools for deeper learning, enhanced communication and productivity.


GAFE Superstar Allison Mollica’s Treasure Trove series is also not to be missed!  Allison refer to Google Apps for Education as a Treasure Trove of Opportunity as there are endless uses with just 1 login and password!  So many features go unnoticed, unknown and/or underutilized unless you stumble upon them or someone points them out.


Advanced


Ready to level up? Come prepared with a basic knowledge of Google Forms and get ready to become a Forms and automation expert in Adam Schoenbart’s session, “How To Make Feedback Better & Easier”. Learn also how to build a user friendly database on Google Sites to view lesson plans using Autocrat and Awesome Tables. In this session, you will get a feel for designing and distributing curriculum templates as well as building a curriculum database for your organization.


Leadership and Teacher Strands


At the NYC Metro summit, we are delighted to introduce a more specialized learning pathway for those in a school leadership position as well as a “teacher strand” that dwells on integrating technology, specifically GAFE, with different instructional strategies.


For a more comprehensive list of the various sessions, please visit https://nymetro2016.sched.org/.


International Hangout on Air: Demo Slams LIVE


Watch the infamous International HOA ~ Demo Slam Live ~ led and organized by Lee Webster from Bangkok, Thailand!


The Demo Slam sessions are a group of educators from around the world who get together once a month and compete against each other by doing a demo slam on any Google Product. The Slam is now sponsored by AppsEvents.


For more information, you can access or join the Demo Slam community through this link.  


We will also have a Demo Slam session for summit attendees where we encourage everyone to showcase a tip or trick that others will be able to use in 2 minutes or less. Slams can be pre-planned and expected to have been rehearsed/prepared. Learn more or submit your slam ideas here!


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If you have not registered yet for the summit, please secure your seat at http://newyork.appsevents.com/. Early bird promo pricing available until February 18, 2016.

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Google Apps Vault Added to All GAFE Accounts, Cool Chrome App for Screen Casts, Turn Your Mobile Device Into a Microscope and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from January 26 to February 1, 2015.


As of January 28, 2015, all new Google Apps for Education customers will receive Vault as part of their Google Apps for Education suite. Existing Google Apps for Education customers who do not already have Vault enabled will now see it added to their account (note: these customers will first have to set up retention policies for archiving to begin). Existing Google Apps for Education customers who already have Vault enabled will not see any changes. Shared by +James Sayer 

Easily remove a file or folder from a particular location in Drive - plus.google.com

h/t +Nathan Kellogg 




A new look for the Google Apps Admin console - googleappsupdates.blogspot.com

Some good looking design changes to the Admin Console especially the new add user button! - +James Sayer 

The Bubble Mirror Chrome App - plus.google.com

Have you ever wanted to include your face while recording a screencast session on your Chromebook? If so, let us introduce you to the Bubble Mirror Chrome App for Chrome OS Dev Channel. h/t +Dan Sitter 


Using your camera app and a $1 Foldoscope from http://www.foldscope.com/, turn your mobile device into a microscope that allows you to do microphotography and microvideography (and can be Chromecasted/screencasted to another device for an audience/class).


Latest Android and iOS updates for Docs, Sheets and Slides make it easier to get things done while you’re on the go.  
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