Computer Science Custom Search, MYP Design Grading Rubric, Google Classroom Update, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from December 15 to 21, 2014.

To make it easier for all K-12 educators to access computer science education materials, Google created Computer Science (CS) Custom Search. This search engine has been customized to connect you to more than 550 CS education-related websites.

Grading Rubric -

+Sarah Woods created an MYP design grading rubric. If you'd like a copy of the editable form, just ask and Sarah will share it with you.

Add a note when responding to calendar invitations -

When responding to calendar invitations, it can be useful to add a note explaining your response. This might be letting the organiser know why you declined, advising fellow guests you’ll be a few minutes late, or calling in via Hangout. H/T +Samantha Vardanega

Now teachers can always see revision history for student assignments in #GoogleClassroom. Teachers are now added as editors to docs attached to student assignments, so they can see revision history and provide feedback before assignments are turned-in and after they’re returned. H/T +Brian Dittfeld 

You can now browse notifications by clicking on the bell at the top right corner of the Google+ page. The new tray is a simple list that allows you to quickly scan all notifications and view the relevant content with a single click.

There are now more ways to share Drive files with friends and family through Gmail, without having to worry about accidentally removing their access. By selecting the “Insert as Attachment” option from Drive you’ll be able to attach non-Google files directly to your Gmail message. Now you can be sure your friend will always have that great candid photo from your weekend getaway, or the PDF for your aunt’s fruitcake recipe even if you delete it from your Drive. 

Custom status messages for Google Hangouts -

People using Google Hangouts on the web can now add custom status messages and see the status messages of others in the Contacts view. Status messages can be added via the settings menu.

Gmail on the desktop is becoming more secure with support for Content Security Policy (CSP). H/T +Bashrat Din 

Vertex 42 Gallery is an addon for Sheets & Docs.  It has a ton of templates.  Don't REINVENT the wheel!  There is a GREAT template for that ugly and annoying 'School Year Calendar'. Great video tutorial from +Allison Mollica

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Upcoming Events for 2016

We are excited to announce the dates for some of our 2016 events (more to be added) featuring Google for Education in the US, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa in partnership with the Google for Education team and International Schools worldwide. Now is the perfect time to be making plans to take advantage of our early bird pricing and group discounts. Visit today!

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AppsEvents Certified Admin (ACA) online course overview

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 live 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.

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Mini Charts in Google Sheets Cell, Guest Mode on Chromecast, Google Tips, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from December 8 to 14, 2014 as well as updates from our #GIESummit Twitter stream.


To help you visualize data trends in a spreadsheet, you can now add miniature charts, or sparklines, into individual cells in Sheets.

Guest mode on Chromecast -

New Chromecast app update also adds support for Guest mode! H/T +Alice Chen 

A better place to manage your apps -
To make it easier to find and manage your apps, Google introduced a new Apps icon in the Admin console. The Apps icon is the one place to manage Google Apps, Additional Google services, and Google Marketplace apps. To check it out, simply login to, and click on the Apps icon. H/T +James Sayer

Map this way—Google My Maps now in Drive -

Creating a custom map is just as easy as opening up a new Google Doc. Just select “New,” then “More,” then “Google My Maps” to tap into your inner cartographer.

Replace the /edit at the end of a Google file URL and replace it with /copy to force students to make their own copy. H/T +Kim Nilsson 

Smarter sharing in Drive and Docs -

After you add an email address to the sharing dialogue, you’ll see profile pictures for everyone you’ve added. This can come in handy when you need to confirm that you’re inviting the right contacts, especially if you work with people that have similar names.

Check out to find helpful tips on using Google tools in our daily lives.

Graphic Organizers with Google Drawing -

Some really nice Google Drawing templates you can use in class: Main Events Quilt, Main Idea Umbrella, Prediction Chart, Problem / Solution Chart, Story Comparison Chart, and Story Elements Butterfly Chart.

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Attach Multiple Drive Files to an Assignment in Google Classroom and more

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from December 1 to 7, 2014.

Classroom Update -

Now you can attach multiple Drive files to an assignment in Google Classroom.

Google, a world within the World! -

Presentations slides by +Teresa Almeida d'Eca for her session during the first Portugal Google in Education Summit.

Draftback -

Interesting Chrome plugin. Draftback lets you play back the revision history of any Google Doc you can edit. It's like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write. h/t +Kim Nilsson 

As we head towards the end of 2014, there are still a few more updates to Docs, Sheets, and Slides that can help you make your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations more beautiful and useful. 

If you want to work with a Microsoft® Office file, you can open and edit Office files on the web using the Chrome browser, from a Chromebook, or from the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps.


Teach yourself (and students) to code by lighting up holiday trees outside the White House! Great project to do with your students in December. h/t +Sam Rosenfeld+Dan Taylor  

Google is planning to launch child-friendly versions of some of its services, with YouTube and Chrome expected to be among the first products to receive the feature. h/t +Chris Harte 

Overview of Google Apps Script -

Google Apps Script is a scripting language based on JavaScript that lets you do new and cool things with Google Apps like Docs, Sheets, and Forms. There's nothing to install — we give you a code editor right in your browser, and your scripts run on Google's servers.

Google’s Easter eggs are Awesome, Have you tried a Google search Easter egg : Here are some fantastic Google search easter eggs.

Writing Portfolio Template -

+Allison Mollica shared this Google Sites template to let students get started with their Writing Portfolio.  You can embed more than written text.  Use 2 column format for before and after writing. Use Insert from Google for Slides & more.  You can also embed digital stories, Prezi, Glogs, etc.  Be creative!

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Amazing Shortcut for Sharing Google Docs, New Security Tools for Google Apps, and more

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from November 23 to 30, 2014.

Amazing Shortcut for Sharing Google Docs! -

Easily share a preview copy of Docs, Sheets and Slides with just a quick edit of the URL. Great tip shared by +Kasey Bell 

New security tools to help improve online security -

A new Devices and Activity dashboard gives your users additional insight over the devices accessing their Google account. The page shows a comprehensive view of all devices that have been active on an account in the last 28 days, or are currently signed in. h/t +David Theriault

Photos For Class -

Great website to search and download properly attributed, Creative Commons images for school!  via +Mary Raphael George 

Google Input Tools Chrome extension allows users to use input tools in any web pages in Chrome. Use this extension to use 70 languages into any web page's input fields. via +Chris McCaffrey 

Google Earth na Sala de Aula -

Presentation slides from +Luis Pitta for his Google Earth session during the recent Portugal Google in Education Summit.

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2014 Philippines Google Cloud Camp CLTV36 News Coverage

The Philippines Google Cloud Camp held at Noblesse International School last November 22, 2014 was featured on local new TV channel CLTV36.

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2014 Bangkok Google in Education Summit Highlights

Great video made by ASB students about the 2014 AppsEvents summit featuring Google in Education.

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