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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