Chrome Browsers Latest Superpower, Google Classroom Update and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from
May 18 - 24, 2015.

Big Google Classroom update -

 Now you can export your Google Classroom grades to any gradebook.

Chrome browsers latest superpowers -

Tone, Google's newest homegrown browser add-on, uses sound to quickly share URLs with anyone nearby.

Take down notes with your browser -

Turn any new tab page into a note taking application with Jot.

Pros & Cons of chromebooks -

Chromebooks are lightweight laptops that are designed for people who spend the majority of their time online.
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Last Call for Monterey Bay Google in Education Summit (May 24 - 25, 2014)

Pajaro Valley High School 
Saturday May 24th - Sunday May 25th, 2014

Just a quick final reminder about the first Monterey Bay Google in Education Summit being held at Pajaro Valley High School May 24th and 25th, 2014. We still have a few seats left which we would like to fill before we close registration at the end of the day Wednesday.

We have some world class and inspiring speakers to join us for the summit, California Education Leadership committee member +Rowland Baker and Google Certified Teacher & Apps EDU Certified Trainer +Kevin Brookhouser. AppsEvents very own +Dan Taylor will also be there to talk about getting Google certified, Google Apps administration, and using Blogger in the classroom.

We are delighted to announce having Canva on-board for the summit and +Nick Cusumano from the TheatreCast podcast will be joining us too to talk about making stunning graphic design without going to art school. Plus get excited with amazing sessions from +Jason Borgen, Pancho Rodriguez, +Will Kimbley, +Adam Wade and more...

We can't wait to see you there!
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Improvements to Hangouts in Gmail, Advanced Gmail Filters, Chrome Experiment, and More

Our Google+ community is now 2,650 strong. Woohoo! Big thanks to all our awesome community members. Keep sharing and contributing!

Below are top articles, resource links, and updates last week:

Some improvements to Hangouts in

You can now see some changes in your conversation list in Hangouts, including message snippets and the return of green “availability” bubbles to make it easier to see which of your friends are currently active. With the new search icon, you can see a list of all your chat buddies and find other friends on Hangouts. And whether you’re happy, grumpy, or any of the other seven dwarfs (plus a few not in the storybook classic), you can set your mood using one of 80 emoji. Your friends will have no problem guessing how you’re feeling that day.

Offline Support for Google Docs and Google Sheets Mobile App -

No wifi? No problem. Now you can create and edit files offline with Google Docs ( and Sheets (

So anyone in the US can now purchase

Google Glass is still in the Explorer Program while Google continue to improve its hardware and software, but starting May 14 anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as their is stock on hand.

Shared via +Michael Fricano II

Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers! -

Texthelp announced through social media channels that a surprise was coming soon in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. The surprise? Read&Write for Google™, a Chrome extension that provides comprehensive reading and writing supports for Google Docs and the Web as well as PDFs, ePubs, and KES files stored in Google Drive, is now Free for Teachers!

Thanks +Lee Webster for sharing this wonderful news.

Advanced Gmail Filters That Aren’t Available in Gmail -

We often get spam messages that have a few dozen addresses in the TO and CC fields, but there’s no filter to automatically redirect such messages to the SPAM folder of Gmail. That’s where Google Scripts can help. You can setup advanced filters that aren’t available in the native version of Gmail.

Another great share from +Lee Webster

Speak and learn with Spell Up, our latest Chrome Experiment -

Spell Up is a new word game and Chrome Experiment that helps you improve your English using your voice—and a modern browser, of course. It’s like a virtual spelling bee, with a twist.

Thanks +Allison Mollica for this.

Protecting Google Apps customers and their businesses -

Millions of businesses trust Google to keep their data safe. In addition to new security measures Google now turned off ads in Google Apps services and removed all ad scanning in Gmail.

Shared by +David Saunders
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Add Images on the Go, Organize Tables on Google Slides, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from
May 11 - 17, 2015.

Amazing New Capabilities -

Google has recently expanded their Optical Character Recognition capabilities supporting all of the world's major languages.

Add Images on the Go -

Google Docs and Slides let you add images directly from your phone or tablet. Tool like cropping, masking and more are now available for control over your tables.

Also new in the Google Slide Apps -

Tell a better, more concise story with this new update for the Google Slide App. Insert and edit tables for an aesthetically better presentation.

50 things you can do with Google Classroom -

See what Google Classroom trick or features you haven't tried yet.
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Community Round Up: Introducing Classroom, new mobile apps for Google Docs, upcoming changes to Sites, and more

Below are the top shares from our Google+ community last week:

Previewing a new Classroom -

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, Google announced a preview of Classroom, a new, free tool in the Google Apps for Education suite. It helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. Classroom is based on the principle that educational tools should be simple and easy to use, and is designed to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.

Thank you +Allison Mollica for sharing this very wonderful news.

New mobile apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides—work offline and on the go -

Every year, phones and tablets get better, and more of you are starting to use your mobile devices, not just to view, but also to create and edit content. And while the Drive app is a convenient place to store your stuff, we want to make it easier for you to quickly find, edit and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go. Google announced that you can now download new, standalone mobile apps for Docs and Sheets—with Slides coming soon.

Shared via +Christine DiPaulo

20 Excellent Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration -

Check out this listing of 20 top notch free tools that are being used in schools and classrooms to collaborate and interact on assignments, projects, and other active learning efforts. Many of these applications are totally free, while others have levels of functionality starting at free and then adding additional capabilities through paid options.

Shared via +Charlene Sirlin

Introducing Boxes and your Kaizena Profile -

Many Kaizena users have found themselves with too many documents in the dashboard cluttered up in one place. This latest feature update introduce a much better design and workflow with Boxes. Boxes is a simple and elegant solution. With Boxes, you can organize documents by course, assignment, team — anything you’d like.

Thanks to +Sue Gorman for sharing this.

Google Docs now lets you crop, rotate, and add borders to images -

Google updated Google Docs with some basic image-editing tools. You can now crop, rotate, and add borders to images in a document without leaving Google Docs.

Shared via +Bjorn Behrendt

Recommended iPad Apps -

+Sam Rosenfeld shared a copy of a handout they use in their school containing recommended iPad Apps for both parents and teachers. It has a list of many of their favorite apps, including those that allow for teachers to easily save and export work to Google Drive (such as Explain Everything, GarageBand, Book Creator, and more). Thank you Sam!

Big changes to Google Sites coming soon?

Shared via +Michael Fricano II. Screenshot courtesy of Jonathan Wylie.
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Google Classroom Updates, Introducing Google+ Collections, Gmail Shortcuts, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from
May 4 - 10, 2015.

Google Classroom Update -

Now, teachers are able to grade assignments from their phone or tablet, and add private feedback to give students guidance, encouragement, constructive criticism or personalized feedback. All these and more. Whether stationed in your own desk or on the go, Google has made it easier for all educators. Great post by +Kyle Pace.

Google photos now available through Google Drive -

Google initially planned to gradually roll out to all Google Apps customers during the 1st week of April, after much anticipation its finally up and functional.

+Chris Harte originally shared: "Nice to see my Google photos now available through Drive - so helpful when adding to docs and slides"

Get notifications for any comments for all files shared with you -

Turn on "all" notifications in the comments menu and never miss important comments.

Introducing Google+ Collections -

There is a new way to group your posts by topic. Google has set out to give people a place to express the things they love. A place to share your interests to other enthusiasts of your trade.

Gmail: A shortcut for shortcuts -

Pressing 'shift + ?' in Gmail enables you to see a popup of all available shortcuts.

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Last Call for Germany Google in Education Summit (May 10 - 11, 2014)

Germany Google in Education Summit
Saturday May 10th - Sunday May 11th, 2014
Frankfurt International School

Just a quick final reminder about the second annual Google in Education Summit being held at Frankfurt International School May 10th and 11th, 2014. We still have a couple of final places left which we would like to fill before we close registration at the end of the day Wednesday.

We truly have some world class speakers coming to Frankfurt. We have two speakers flying in from California just for the Summit, Google Teacher Academy lead learner +Ken Shelton and California Education Leadership committee member +Rowland Baker. We have amazing sessions on getting your students developing their own Android Apps with TEDx EDU host Derek Harwell some great ‘techy’ sessions from +Sarah Woods one of the most popular Google trainers in Europe.

Plus great sessions from +Adriaan van der Bergh +Anton Bollen +Jack Kriss +Laura Kriss +Ben Rouse +Anita Moose +Thomas Skovgaard and more.....

Hope to see you there!
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AppsEvents Newsletter May 2014: Google Apps for Education Events World Update

AppsEvents Latest

AppsEvents is proud to have been producing successful summits in partnership with the Google in Education team across the world since 2011.

The beginning of 2014 was full of 'firsts' for us. We started off the year with our first ever Africa events with the Senegal certification bootcamp and East Africa Summit in Tanzania. In February, we held the first ever Spain Summit and in the US had amazing events in Louisiana and Vermont. We are continuously expanding to reach out to even more educators from all corners of the world!

In line with our shared vision of helping individual educators perform better with Google tools, we have created the AppsEvents blog as an avenue for our team of Google Apps experts (and others outside AppsEvents) to share how they use existing Google technologies in their classrooms. If you have an article you would like to share with Google in Education community, please contact us and we will add you as a guest author to the blog.

This first edition of our newsletter is packed with the latest articles from the AppsEvents blog as well as information about some of our speakers and sessions at our upcoming events. We hope you like it!

The AppsEvents Team

Read full newsletter: US version, Europe, Africa, and Asia issue.
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Google Apps Admin Corner: April 2015

Google has released a couple of important updates for Google Apps last April. Below is a digest of some key updates and other information to efficiently and effectively manage your GAFE domain including some product updates for Google Docs and Drive, Google Classroom, and mobile apps.

Google Classroom Now Supports Multiple Teachers & Other Improvement

Google Classroom now allows multiple teachers to work and collaborate on the same Classroom class. Additional teachers can post announcements and assignments, view/grade student work, add comments and other functions with exception of deleting the class altogether.

Teachers can also prepare for their classes ahead of time by saving announcements and assignments as “drafts”. Autosaving grades and improved email notifications for private messages have also been added. Learn more.

What Admins Should Do Now:
Inform teachers about the updates.

Two New Admin Policy Controls for Google Hangouts Available

Google Apps admins can now force Hangouts chat history to be on/off. With this new feature, admins can ensure chat participants cannot change this setting for new conversations. Admins now also have the options to require only Hangouts chat to be used. Learn more.

What Admins Should Do now:
Make changes to your organizations chat policy if necessary.

Improved Protection For Google Users

Google Password alert, an open-source Chrome extension that helps protect Google and Google Apps accounts from phishing attacks, is now available for download. The extension encourages people to use different passwords for different sites as a security best practice. Learn more.

What Admins Should Do now:
As an admin, you can install the Password Alert Chrome extension for all or some members of your domain. To get started, check out the following guides:

Preventing phishing attacks on your users
Phishing prevention with Password Alert FAQ

Self-service Password Recovery for Google Apps Users

Admins can now enable the ability for non-admins to reset their own passwords. This new feature is defaulted off at launch and can be enabled from the Admin console at: Security > Basic settings > Password Management. In the Password recovery section, click on "Enable/disable non-admin user password recovery."

Note: non-admins must have set up a recovery phone in order to reset their own password.

What Admins Should Do now:

Admins should check the Help Center for considerations regarding 2-Step Verification, off-boarding, and hijacked accounts before enabling this feature.

For more information:

Set password strength and user password recovery
Reset your user password
Keep all of your work more secure with Google Drive

Set Custom Alerts on Audit Events

New Google Apps admin feature allows you to set up custom admin alerts for critical audit events such as setting changes made by other administrators, or suspicious login attempts.

What Admins Should Do now:
Configure alerts on sensitive events if needed.

For more information:

Keep all of your work more secure with Google Drive

Two New Animation Effects in Google Slides

Make your Google Slides presentations look more dynamic with two new animations: Appear and Disappear. You can also now set the direction (to and from left, right, top, and bottom) of two previously existing animations: Fly in and Fly out.

What Admins Should Do Now:
Inform users about the updates.

Google Docs and Drive Mobile Apps Updates

New versions of the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android are now available on Google Play as well as a new version of the Docs app for iOS.

The latest app releases include:
  • Docs 
      1. Accept, reject, or comment on suggestions (Android and iOS) 
      2. Tracked changes and comments in Word files (Android and iOS) 
      3. Edit tables (iOS only, already available on Android) 
  • Slides 
      1. Reorder objects to the front or back 
      2. Quicker loading and scrolling of PowerPoint presentations from the app 
On Google Drive for Android, new sharing options have been added giving users the ability to add people to sharing settings and share link directly from the upload notification after uploading a file. See all changes to the sharing options here.

What Admins Should Do Now:
Inform users about the changes.
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Learn about GAFE Literacy Tools at the 2015 Taiwan Google for Education Summit

At the Taiwan Google for Education Summit, attendees can learn about common assistive technology supports (such as text-to-speech, word prediction, text and picture dictionaries and more) and how these can help students who struggle with reading and writing, as well as best practices on integrating assistive technology in a school’s curriculum.

Session attendees will be able to see these assistive technologies in action through Read&Write for Google™, a cloud-based solution that works with Google Documents, Web pages, and other common file types, such as PDF and ePub files on Google Drive. All session attendees will also be given a free copy of the software!

Texthelp logo with TM.jpg

This session on GAFE Literacy Tools will run on both days of the Taiwan summit (with one of the sessions being delivered in Chinese) and will be headed up by Texthelp Regional Manager, Anita Wu Larmour. Anita has extensive experience as an ELL teacher and has been in the IT industry for 9 years. Her work at Texthelp allows her to fulfill her great passion for informing those who struggle with English literacy, of the various technologies that can support them.

If you are a school looking for a solution to help second language learners build their self-esteem in reading, writing, and communicating in English, the Texthelp session is a perfect opportunity to learn about your options and get your questions answered.

Texthelp’s Chromebook competition

Texthelp will also be running a competition to win a Chromebook at the show. Make sure you attend one of Anita’s session or visit her at the Texthelp stand, to be in with the chance of winning this great prize.

About Texthelp

Texthelp believes that literacy is every student’s passport to academic, social and professional success. From the time the company was first incorporated in 1996, they continue to be one of the market leaders in assistive and language learning software.

Texthelp provide solutions to aid those with literacy difficulties (and English language learners), to read, write, study, and communicate, with greater confidence and independence.

Texthelp’s software is used daily by students and educators in schools, colleges and universities worldwide. It is also licensed by Pearson, HMH, Scholastic and Discovery Education.

Texthelp’s desire to help people communicate is what motivates them to develop smart, friendly support technologies that enable young people to read and write with confidence. Some of these technologies include: the Read&Write family of products, Fluency Tutor for Google, Browsealoud and Professional Solutions.

For more information about the 2015 Taiwan Google for Education summit, visit the official event website at You can also direct your questions to Jane through For more information about Texthelp please visit or email Jenny on
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Last Call for South Korea and Taiwan Summits feat. Google for Education

We are so excited that May is here as two new Asian AppsEvents Google for Education summits are happening very soon!

We don’t want you to miss the action so here's a reminder. We still have a couple of final places left which we would like to fill before we close registration.

May 9 - 10
South Korea Summit at Chadwick International
Day 1 8:00am - 5:00pm / Day 2 9:00am - 2:00pm (UTC+09:00)
May 16 - 17
Taiwan Summit at Morrison Academy
Day 1 8:00am - 5:00pm / Day 2 9:00am - 2:00pm (UTC+08:00)

We have some truly world class speakers joining us for both summits with an amazing line up of sessions catered for all levels and other fun surprises.

Why join a Google for Education Summit?

  • Gain new knowledge you can implement on Monday
  • Evaluate Google tools in greater detail and discuss issues
  • Network with innovative educators in your area
  • Meet and learn from real industry experts 
  • Start your journey to become Google Apps certified!
If you don’t want to miss these “must attend” Google events this year, CLICK HERE to register for the South Korea Summit and CLICK HERE for the Taiwan Summit. 

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. Note that group discount for schools are still available.

All the best and hope to see you at the summits!
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Track Student Search Activities Using gScholar, 100 Hangouts On Air, and More

Here's our weekly round up of top articles, resources, and discussions shared in our Google+ community. Don't forget to join if you aren't in yet.

Top Articles/Resources

Track Student Search Activities Using gScholar -

Ever wonder what your students search for? gScholar audits every Google Search that your students perform, instantly click the eye icon to perform the same search.  The best part is.... these information are saved so you can always go back in time if there is ever and incident or reason you need to view what someone searched for on a given day.

Track Student Search Activities Using gScholar
Screenshot via +Aaron Gumz 
Great share by +Aaron Gumz

How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone -

Do you need a public drop box (not Dropbox) where people can upload files anonymously? In this tutorial, learn how to receive files in your Google Drive from anyone, even those without a gmail account.

Shared via +Chad Kafka

#ThailandOnly 100 Hangouts On Air -

Tune in next Saturday when the Google Slam Team do a Slam special for #Thailandonly 100 hangouts on Air 9:00pm BKK time - not to be missed #fanoftheslam.

Exciting slam session by +Lee Webster and his Google Slam community.

Digital Safety and Other  Resources

Check this Digital Safety Resources to help parents utilize Google Chrome and Apple devices in a safer way for students! And for anyone looking to help fellow educators, administrators, and parents learn to use Google Chrome and Google Apps to augment their students learning and protect them online, please check out the tutorials in these YouTube videos.

Thank you  +Sam Rosenfeld for these resources.

Top Discussion

By +Alice Bair : "AT the Charlottesville GAFE summit, several people mentioned using Doctopus for managing student/teacher files. Just wondered if any of you had handouts or advice on how you use it in your school districts."

Join the discussion here.

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Additional Google Slides Animation, Chromebooks in Higher Ed, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from April 27 - May 3, 2015.

Make you presentation more dynamic in Google Slides -

Google Slides has released two new animations. Appear and Disappear alongside with updates for some existing animations.

Digital textbooks created with #GAFE -

A great example of going paperless: digital textbook that boosts student and educators engagement.

A new way to view Wikipedia -

+Peter Vogel originally shared: "Yes, Wikiwand. Add it as an extension to your Chrome browser. Calls to Wikipedia will automatically be rerouted to the WikiWand rendering engine. It's all the same content, just repackaged with a cleaner look."

Chromebooks for higher education are being used in classrooms across schools in US, UK and elsewhere. 

+Manish Malik originally shared: "When I first heard about Google Chromebooks, I did not pay much heed as they seemed only a little bit more than a tablet device with a laptop form factor. But then, I learnt about the admin panel of Chromebooks and what you could remotely control with it."
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