Showing posts from April, 2013

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 t…

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

Google Launches Handwriting Input App -
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."

Don't let another comment go unanswered -…

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. -pl…

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.

Google Play Edu Apps are now Re-assignable!
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

Application for Google Education Trainers Now Open
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

Learn to Use the Chrome OS Image Editor Like a Pro-
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.

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 Will Shut Down Moderator On July 31 -
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
g(Math) can now be used to respond to Forms! -
The top feature re…

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.

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- www.edli…

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 placeConversation ViewSmarter SearchOther helpful featuresYour 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. 
Color scale conditional formatting in Sheets -
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 a…

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.