Multitasking on your Chromebook, edit text inside image, demo slams and more

Below are the tops shares from our Google+ community last week.


Multitasking on your Chromebook just got easier -

You can now dock any small window, like Hangouts or Google Keep, to the side of your screen by dragging it to the left or right edge. Your main app will resize automatically, letting you take notes or stay connected all in one view. Just restart your Chromebook and give it a try?

This Chrome add-on lets you copy and erase text inside any image on the web -

What would you say if we told you that it's possible to copy, translate, edit and even erase the text inside any image you find on the internet? Well, you can, and it's a lot easier than you might think. All it requires is a new browser extension, called Project Naptha, made by developer Kevin Kwok.

Found by +Chad Kafka

Go back in time with Street

You'll be able to go back in time with #StreetView to see seasons turn, towers rise, and the world change in #GoogleMaps.

Shared via +Agnes Demangeon 

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. #fanoftheslam

Each person has a 3 minute time limit and after the viewers vote to pick their favourite. If you want to see where all the old SLAM sessions are, check out +Lee Webster  YouTube channel - this also has all the Q&A sessions too - great for teachers PD - please share and subscribe.


We encourage exchanging of ideas in our Google+ community. So if you have questions about a particular Google technology, how other schools are implementing Google Apps, or any other concerns, feel free to post and ask for ideas from fellow educators all around the world. Below are top discussions from the past weeks:

From +Shawn Skalinski:

"Can someone help explain this..I've gone over this with my IT guy here at our school and we can't quite figure this one out.  Here it is:  
1) What is the difference between 'moving a file on Google Drive' and 'organising' a file?
2)My situation:
I created a Google Presentation and gave students viewing privileges.  They made copies and shared these with me."

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From +David Mireles:

"Organizing our first school #GAFE #demoslam today.  Looking for a few simple guidelines.   Many teachers interested in slamming at our school.  Please comment...?"

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New Features in Google Classroom, Google Launches Handwriting Input App, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from April 20 - 26, 2015.

Two big new features in GoogleClassroom today -

Two big new features in #GoogleClassroom: add multiple teachers to your class, and save draft assignments until they're ready to post. h/t +Sarah Woods

On April 16 Google launched "Google Handwriting Input" which let users handwrite text on their Android mobile device as an additional input method for any Android app, supporting 82 languages in 20 distinct scripts.

Turn Old Laptops / PCs into a Full Power Chromebook -

+Mike. Yung originally shared: "It significantly helps  to protect the environment by extending the life span of the old laptop/PCs, helps schools that cannot afford the cost of Chromebook or Chromebit to enjoy fully power of Chromebook."

Here's a great tip from Google: when commenting in Google Docs, add a "+" in front of a collaborator's email address and Google will send them an email notification if they have a Google account.

When people search for specific topics, Google search shows the user that they have visited certain pages multiple times. Great find by +John McGowan

Preparing students for the future -

As technology becomes more pervasive, traditional trades disappear and the world of work becomes more globalized, the skills considered to be valuable for the future are shifting. h/t +Jerome Locson

+Peter Vogel originally shared: "Chromebook after an update to version 42.
No more files icon. Instead a search/magnifying glass that brings up the window you see here."

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New Ways To Tune Your Work, Using Google Drawing To Create Vector Images and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from April 13 - 19, 2015.

An effective way in drawing vector images using Google draw -

Watch this tutorial to see how +Joshua Pomeroy makes striking portraits with #googledrawings

A few new ways to fine tune your work on the go with today's mobile updates.

When you give others “can comment” access in Docs, any formatting or copy changes they make become suggestions that you can accept, reject, or comment on. Today’s update makes it possible for you to view and act on suggestions from your Android devices and iPhones/iPads, and brings tracked changes and comments to Word files, too.

Helpful tip, this will save you a lot of time. Thank you Google.

Use Ctrl+Shift+v (PC) or command+shift+v (Mac) to match the formatting of your document when you paste from another source.

File transfer ownership - #GAfE organizations can definitely benefit from this.

+Ben Rouse originally shared: "Well this looks useful to #GAfE organisations! I was looking around the admin panel when I spotted this. With the end of the school year fast approaching this could be very useful!"

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Google Play Edu Apps are now Re-assignable, GCT Applications Now Open, and more

Here are last week's top shares from our Google+ community.

Any app with the EDU badge can be reassigned from the Manage Content page -- including the EDU apps you’ve already purchased.

Via +Allison Mollica

Share your knowledge of Google tools with other educators by becoming a Google Education Trainer. Applications are now open and are due by May 16th for this review cycle. (

Thanks again to +Allison Mollica

Chrome OS comes preloaded with tools for basic computing needs, including viewing, editing and managing your photo and image files.

While it’s not listed in the App Launcher, or available to pin to the shelf, the image app can be accessed by double-clicking on any supported image file (.jpg, .png, .gif, etc.) or selecting an image and pressing the ‘Open’ button in the file manager action strip.

Shared via +Adam Fullerton

Anne Maldonado will be joining us in Connecticut for #GIESummit!  Read about her interactive approach to using Slides & Forms to engage students and parents!

  • Google Timer

Type timer into Google and you get a timer to use in class. Awesome!

Originally shared via +Kevin McLaughlin, found by +Bjorn Behrendt.
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Google Vault Now Covers Hangouts for Education Chat, Google Moderator Will Shut Down On July 31, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from April 6 - 12, 2015.

Google Vault now covers Hangouts for Education chat -

Over the next few days, Google will roll out an admin option that lets you manage Hangouts chat history in your organization, so that you can make certain that it’s either on or off. People in your school or university can have the freedom to chat with whomever they want — whether that person is part of your organization or not — and you can be sure that new employee conversations stay personal and private, because they’ll disappear shortly after taking place. h/t +Allison Mollica 

Google Moderator, a tool for crowdsourcing and ranking user-submitted questions for online and offline events, is shutting down on July 31. Shared via +Brian Dittfeld 

The top feature request for g(Math) for Forms has been to allow Form responders to use g(Math) to craft their responses. Here is a quick tutorial video explaining it and I am in the process of updating the documentation. Shared by +John McGowan 

Copy Folder -

A great way to make a copy of a folder for another domain, by +Bjorn Behrendt. This Add-on will create a duplicate copy of a folder, it's contents and structure.  This is good for archiving old information while keeping a copy of the contents to move forward with. h/t +Allison Mollica 
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Community Round Up: Little-Known Google Tools You Should Be Using, Google Drive as a Desktop Suite, and more

Here are some excellent internet resources shared in our Google+ community of educators (worldwide) last week.

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9 Little-Known Google Tools You Should Be Using -

For successful businesses, whether your company has one employee or 1,000, there's virtually no such thing as too many of these workplace weapons. Here are the best little-known Google tools that will take your business and productivity to the next level.

Originally shared by +Lee Webster

How to Make Google Drive Work Like a Desktop Suite -

Google Drive, and the apps in it—Docs, Sheets, and Slides—are great for people looking for a simple Office suite. It's free, makes collaboration easy, and pretty much anyone can use it. But if you're used to something more traditional, like Microsoft Office, you may be hesitant to use it. Here's how to make Google Drive work more like the desktop suites you're used to.

Awesome find by +Christina DiMicelli

2014 VT Google Summit Reflection -

A recap of the awesome stuff learned at the 2014 Vermont Google Summit by  +Bjorn Behrendt, one of our speakers during the event.

Thanks to +Allison Mollica for sharing.

Permalinks for Google Drive Images -

So you've uploaded a photo to Google Drive and the only options are to download the file and link to the image page. But what if you want to embed that image in a web page or simply post a direct link to the image? You may think that right-clicking the image lets you copy the image URL, but that's not true. Even if you check the source code of a page or use features like Firefox's "view page info", you'll get a link that doesn't work. Fortunately, there's an easy solution.

If you want images to show in Fusion Tables, take a look at this. Credits to +Ron Turchyniak for finding this.

Best Classroom Uses for Google+

A neat infographic with ideas on how to use Google+ in the classroom. Parent-teacher conference via hangout, why not? Graphic originally shared from +Research Paper Town

Watch out for our community round up posts every Monday to get important updates and helpful tips on how to use Google technologies in the classroom from our community of educators.

Are you using Google Apps in your school or planning to deploy? Come to our summit to learn more. Visit right now to find an upcoming Google in Education summit near you.
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Gmail App for Android Now Supports Multiple Inbox and Conversation View, Color Scale Conditional Formatting in Sheets, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from March 30 to April 5, 2015.

Combined inboxes, smarter search and more with the new Gmail app for Android -

A new version of the Gmail app for Android is now available on Google Play. New features include:
  • All your inboxes in one place
  • Conversation View
  • Smarter Search
  • Other helpful features
Your photos and files, together in Drive -

Photos and videos you keep in Google+ Photos will also be available in Google Drive. To get started, just look for the new Photos menu in Drive for Android, iOS and the web. From there you'll be able to manage your photos and videos alongside other types of files. 

Now it's even easier to visualize which numbers are the highest and lowest in a range--just select the “color scale” option when setting up conditional formatting. Plus, if you change any of the values, the colors will automatically update as you go. 

Coming soon... g(Math) to respond to Forms! -

+John McGowan originally shared: Here is a preview of some of the upcoming releases for g(Math) (barring any major mishaps like the IFRAME debacle a month ago :) Let me know if there is something you would like to see in g(Math)! Using Google Docs/Sheets/Forms in math are hopefully going to be easier as a result!!
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Google Apps Admin Corner: March 2015

Google has released a few important updates for Google Apps for March. Below is a digest of some key updates and information to efficiently and effectively manage your GAFE domain.

Google Drive’s New UI to Be Default User Setting by May 2015

Last year, Google started the gradual rollout of the new Google Drive UI as the default user experience for Google Apps customers, while retaining the ability to return to the old Drive UI via the Settings drop down. In the first half of May at the earliest, the option to return to the old Drive UI via the Settings drop down will be removed. Learn more.

What Admin Should Do Now:

Advise users to switch to the new Google Drive UI and start familiarizing the new interface.

Changes to Google Drive Sharing Settings

Google Apps admins now have the option in the Admin console to allow Drive content to be viewed by recipients outside of their domain without Google sign-in. This feature will be defaulted off at launch and can be enabled in the Admin console.

Aside from the option to allow external users to preview Drive files, Google Apps admins now have the flexibility to choose Drive sharing permissions based on organizational unit (OU), as you currently can with other apps like Gmail and Calendar.

What Admin Should Do Now:

If you want to enable sharing outside your domain or enable Drive sharing at the OU-level, in the Admin console go to Apps > Google Apps > Drive > Sharing settings.

Feature parity for multi-domain Google Apps instances

For organizations requiring multiple Google Apps domain instances, some of the domain management functionalities that were previously restricted to primary domains only, are now extended to secondary domains to make managing multiple domain instances more seamless.

The following key features can now be configured to secondary domains:

  • Custom app URLs - make it easy for people in any of your domains to find your core Google Apps services by creating custom web addresses to each service. For example, or

  • Web address mapping - have your Google Sites appear under custom URLs for all of your domains, such as, or

  • Group renaming - create a Google Group in a primary domain and move it to a secondary domain. For example, rename the group to 
What Admin Should Do Now:

Check out the following Help Center links for more information:
Custom app urls
Web address mapping
Group renaming

Google Apps Marketplace Post-Install notifications

Google Apps Admins now have the ability to notify users of a newly installed Marketplace app. These notifications will go to the relevant OU or domain for which the app is installed.

What Admin Should Do Now:

Explore the new functionality.
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