Google Keep Now Let's You Add Collaborators, Using Nexus 7 in the Classroom, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from November 17 to 23, 2014.

Google Keep: Share ideas with friends and family -

Sticky notes on refrigerators were once the preferred way to say, “We’re out of bread - could you pick some up?” Now with Google Keep, not only can you jot down ideas or put together shopping lists, you can also share them with friends and family and work on them at the same time.

11 new apps are available for Chromecast today, bringing you family friendly games like Scrabble Blitz, Just Dance Now and Wheel of Fortune as well as great shows from Showtime and Starz.

Create Google+ profiles -

Admins for organizations that use Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education (not including K-12) can now create public Google+ profiles for their users straight from the admin console.

Great tip for using a Nexus device in the classroom: Place onto locker-shelf with camera facing down (between the slats), put in camera mode, and use as a projector.  Student work is displayed on the T.V.(via Chromecast) as they work on it or show it to the class! Movements show, and processes can be made clear since they are projected live. via +Annette Slone; h/t +Allison Mollica 

New Calendar feature -

The latest update for Google Calendar now automatically add your reservations for flights, restaurants, and more from email to Calendar. Posted by +Allison Mollica 

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Ensuring Protection of Student Data in the Cloud, Google Forms Cheat Sheet for Teachers, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from November 10 to 16, 2014.

Ensuring protection of student data in the cloud with the UK Department of Education -

Google's response to the UK Department for Education: cloud services checklist for schools/colleges now live. Shared by +Dan Taylor

How to Use Gantter at School -

Are you in trouble in designing and planning your educational projects? Are you in trouble in coordinating collaborations with other teachers? +Flavia Giannoli shares her presentation slide on using Gantter at School. Note that the presentation is in Italian.

Google FORMS Cheat Sheet for Teachers! -

+Kasey Bell shares her Google Forms Cheat Sheet t thatwill help new and novice users learn how to create and use powerful forms, surveys and assessments. You will find form setting highlights, and a detailed table of all question types. A great resource for even the most Google-savvy teachers.

A new, unified experience coming to Google products -

Material design principles have begun to appear in recent Google product launches, including Google Classroom, the Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens and mobile apps, the Drive Android app, Android 5.0 Lollipop and the new Gmail and Calendar Android apps. You’ll continue to see more Google products adopting these new design principles across platforms in the coming months.

AppsEvents Certified Admin Level 1 -

The ‘AppsEvents Certified Admin’ (ACA) is an entry level certification and focused on getting educators with basic or no admin experience to ‘level up’ and be able to administer a Google Apps Domain. It’s equally focused on teaching and non teaching staff and one of the reasons we started the program was to help with the democratization of IT admin and helping more teachers to get involved.

Flip Out with Snagit & YouTube -

Screencasting is a way to create a video demonstration or lesson. This can be done a variety of ways. +Allison Mollica
It used to require downloaded software that cost money. Now you can use FREE tools in the CLOUD! Presentation notes by

Arkansas Google in Education Summit materials from Jennifer Scheffer

Find presentation materials from +Jennifer Scheffer compiled in this Google Sites. Topics include Classroom on the iPad, GAFE and the iPad, Hangouts on Air, and Student Genius.

Paper Clip Pendulums -

+Wanda Terral shares a sample class activity on Paper Clip Pendulums where students use a Google Form to gather the data, Google Sheets to analyze the data and Google Classroom to assign a reflection assignment from a Google Doc template which can then be saved into a Google Site digital portfolio.

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g(Math) for Sheets QuizNinja, launch desktop applications from Google Drive in Chrome, and more

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from November 3 to 9, 2014.

g(Math) will now create individualized, differentiated quizzes and grade them mathematically!!

The g(Math) for Sheets QuizNinja will create individualized quizzes that can be differentiated with random questions. The grading aspect also uses a mathematical aspect so if the answer is 4x, it will be marked correct if you put in any value equivalent (like 4*x, x*4, x4, 3x+1x, 16x/(4x), etc...) - +John McGowan

Easy Accents Google Docs add-on -

This Add-on allows users to easily insert accents for different languages directly from a sidebar in their Google Doc. h/t +Kim Nilsson

A new day for Google Calendar -

Google is introducing a brand new Google Calendar app. It’s designed to be a helpful assistant, so you can spend less time managing your day, and more time enjoying it.

A more modern Gmail app for Android -

the Gmail app for Android is getting updated with a more modern style, sleeker transitions, and a few other handy improvements. As part of the new design, there’s now a convenient reply button at the bottom of every message, making it quick and easy to continue a conversation when you’re on the go. And if you access the app on your Android tablet, you’ll notice it’s easier to switch between accounts and the different inbox categories.

The Complete Guide to Google Apps Security -

This guide outlines the best settings and tools available to keep your organization working safely and securely in the cloud. - +Katie Thornton

Launch desktop applications from Google Drive in Chrome -

A new extension for Chrome lets you open files from Google Drive directly into a compatible application installed on your computer. This includes apps like advanced image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, or 3D animation and design tools. So, no matter what you keep in Drive, using the web to access and manage files doesn’t mean you’re limited to using applications that only work in your browser.

Google Maps -

Great video overview on Google Maps by +Carrie Zimmer. Video shared by +Allison Mollica

Flip your classroom with Google -

Switching roles in flipped learning is not easy. Teachers needs appropriate tools to rule classroom activities, encourage students' home work and evaluate their learning progress. Google tools provide a horn of plenty of resources to better flip teaching. - +Flavia Giannoli

Gantter at school -

Are you in trouble in designing and planning your educational projects? Are you in trouble in coordinating collaborations with other teachers? Make it easy and chart progresses and changes! - +Flavia Giannoli 

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Add-ons for Forms, Creating digital stories with Google Apps, and more

This covers the links, resources, tips, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from October 27 until November 2, 2014.

Add-ons for Forms bring a little something extra to your surveys -

Just like with Docs and Sheets, you can now use add-ons for Forms to add handy new features to your surveys, like setting a survey end date, sending custom emails based on responses, storing lists of choices that you frequently add to questions, and more.

Free Downloadable Math Lesson Plans -

Posted by +Andy Peterson 

Creating digital stories with Google Apps -

+Sylvia Duckworth shares the steps on how to create a digital story with text, voice and music using only Google apps. 

Unlimited Drive storage to all Google Apps for Education users and free archiving with Google Vault will be coming later this year. h/t +Suan Yeo 

Google Open Gallery -

Google Open Gallery provides powerful free tools for artists, museums, archives and galleries. It is a great way for artists, galleries and museums to share their content with the world. h/t +Samantha Vardanega 

Google+ Embedded Posts -

If you're a publisher or blogger who wants to insert a Google+ post (written by yourself or others) in one of your articles, you can use embedded posts. Signed-in Google+ visitors can +1, comment or follow the post author, all without leaving your site. 

You can now insert a button to start a Hangout in your Google Site. Shared via +Jay Atwood 

The Chrome address bar has always been a bit neglected but you can actually do a ton with it though. Here are some of the tricks you should know.

In addition to bug fixes, performance updates, and improved accessibility, you can now quickly get to any files that were shared with you by tapping on the “Incoming” tab in each app.


GAFE Admin Center -

Great list of Google Apps technical resources for Admins from +Mitch Dowhower. Posted by +Dan Taylor 

Inbox by Gmail -

For those who received an invite to try out the new app from the Gmail team, Inbox also comes with a free Chrome extension. Spotted by +Ralf Siegesmund 
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