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Using Google Keep to raise questions to teachers (instead of hands), Google Classroom API Update, and More

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

Using Google Keep to raise questions to teachers (instead of hands) -

+Melissa Valence shared: Google Keep is one of my favorite tools.  In my classroom (no access to hangouts with kids) we use it as an alert to the teacher.  The student makes a 'post it' with a question or need and shares with me.  It pops up on my screen and I know they're looking for help or reassurance on something.  Great way to connect with students without having them wave their hand in the air!!

Getting tech-resistant educators to embrace change -

Spot-on article about the difficulty of professional development for school-wide technology change (going 1:1,  for example) shared by +Bram Moreinis

Automatically update a cell with the current date and time -

The =NOW() function is a quick shortcut to enter the current date & time to your Sh…

Google Now Reminders Right from Search, Google Story, and more

Google begins allowing you to create Google Now reminders right from its search engine -

One favorite feature of Google is getting instant responses from search results — it massively simplifies currency conversion, for one thing. So it’s interesting to see that the company now lets you create Google Now reminders right from its search box. Shared by +Allison Mollica

How to Teach Google What a Story Is -
Deep inside Google, a small team has been trying to solve a problem that's easy for any schmuck around the watercooler but frighteningly difficult for the world's most data-rich company: telling a story. h/t +Peter Vogel
New ‘User Security Management’ privilege for delegated admins -
In the past, delegated admins with any existing role with the ‘Users’ privilege were already able to disable 2-step verification for individual users. With this launch, these delegated admins will automatically get ‘User Security Ma…

Google Docs Text Highlighter, Find Recently Opened Files in Chromebook and more

Texthelp’s Highlighting Tools add-on in Google Docs -

Texthelp’s Highlighting Tools add-on in Google Docs lets you highlight key areas of your document to collect, group and learn from later. By “collecting highlights” you can extract them into a new document for students or educators to review. h/t +Bjorn Behrendt

Learn the Latest Classroom Writing Tips with Google Docs -

Here are a few tips to store away for the beginning of the school year. These will help you use the full feature set of Google Docs in your classroom. Shared by +Katherine Davis

Google Drive and Office compatibility - The Apps Show Episode 4 -

Google+ Removes Real Name Policy -

"Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the las…

New Content Notifications in the Classroom App, Whitelist Domains for Classroom, and More

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

Google partners with Khan Academy, NASA, more to teach kids science via a 4-week summer camp -
Emily Stiebel, product marketing manager for Camp Google, told VentureBeat in an email interview that Google always aimed to create a free summer camp that gets kids learning through fun, interactive science activities and adventures. 
Shared via +Jennifer Lowton
Whitelist domains for Classroom-
It's here! You can now whitelist domains so that they can work seamlessly in Google Classroom and Google Apps for Education.
H/T +Ralf Siegesmund+Alice Chen
New content notifications in the Classroom app -

Over the next few days, students will begin receiving mobile notifications via the Classroom app for Android and iOS when new content is added to their classes. For instance, students will be alerted immediately when they …

Launch Hangouts in Chrome without a plugin, Google Drive updates, and more

Launch Hangouts in Chrome without a plugin -
Over the next week, users will be able to launch Hangouts in Chrome without having to download and install a plugin. This will simplify initial setup and maintenance. Users of other browsers will still need to use the plugin. h/t +Allison Mollica
Google Drive Updates -

Working with images in Google Docs, Slides and Drawings just got easier with two new features: (1) Reset an image, and (2) Replace an image. h/t +AppsCare

New Calendar update! -
Appointment slots on a new calendar event. h/t +Dan Leighton

New Google Doc Accessibility Feature -

Select a block of text and Google Doc will speak it back. Awesome! h/t +Dan Taylor
Google Teacher Academy Sydney -
Applications for Google Teacher Academy Sydney are now open through July 31, 2014!  Thank you +Allison Mollica for sharing this important update.
How To Start a Scheduled Hangout On Air -…

Emojis Now Available in Gmail, Computational Thinking for Educators, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from July 6 - 12, 2015.
Emojis Now Available in Gmail -
Because earth-shattering innovation happens all the time at Google, emojis are now built-in in Gmail for web!

Replace files in Google Drive without changing the link to the file -

One of biggest advantage of using Google Drive when sending files via email (instead of attachments) is, if you sent the wrong file, you can replace it without changing the shared URL. In this tutorial, you will learn how to replace files in Google Drive without changing the link to the file.

Computational Thinking for Educators -
Google's new online course, Computational Thinking for Educators, is free and is intended for educators working with students between the ages of 13 and 18 who are interested in enhancing their teaching with creative thinking and problem solving.

Inserting Special Characters - p…

AppsEvents Announce ‘Google Apps Admin’ Newsletter

Bringing together the latests news and updates for Google Apps, The Google Apps Admin Newsletter will keep schools up to date with all the latest changes by Google and related third parties. Inside admins, management and key users will find concise information on what action needs to be taken in response to Google Apps updates.

The structure of the newsletter presents changes for admins, high level changes for management to be aware of in planning and changes to Google suite (Drive, Sites and more) that will affect key users.

There are numerous Google Apps announcements made every month, this newsletter aims to simplify the way in which admins are able to access this information. For each change or update, concise advice is provided to quickly direct admins to the appropriate action.

This month we look at the exciting new tool Google Apps School Directory Sync and it’s time-saving features for admins. Google+ Premium Features are being rolled out to all users and the new Reports a…

Google Apps Admin Corner: June 2015

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

Easily migrate employee contacts from Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 to Google Apps

Admins can migrate their employees’ contacts from Microsoft Exchange (2007 and above) and Microsoft Office 365 to Google Apps directly from the Admin console, without needing to install and configure any client tools.

What admins should do Now: Check out the Help Center for more information on getting started.

New controls for Security Key administrators

For Google Apps admins who manage Security Keys for their domains, new controls to easily deploy, monitor and manage these keys are now available on the Admin console.

What admins should do Now: Security keys offer an easy way to manage 2-factor authentication and all admins are recommended to investigate their use.  To learn more about Security Keys, please refer to the following…