Here is a collection of links and resources associated with GSuite and Hapara for September 2017.
- YouTube Live: faster, easier and more accessible – Users can now adjust the latency associated with streaming video, as well as better moderate live chats.
- Drive File Stream launching to all G Suite customers – With Drive File Stream, all your files are always ready for you on your desktop via Google Drive.
- Google Data Studio: quicker and broader access to data – Google wants to make it easy to access data within Data Studio. They are launching a new Data Studio “Community Connectors” developer program allowing users to visualize data from any source.
- A better world for wheels on Google Maps – Google Maps now offers answers that allow those on wheels to find accessible places. They are calling on Local Guides, a community of people who contribute their expertise about places on Google Maps, to add more wheelchair accessibility attributes to the map.
- Variable speed playback on mobile – Variable speed playback was launched on the web several years ago and is one of our most highly requested features on mobile
- Analyze your business data with Explore in Google Sheets, use BigQuery too – For those who want to take data analysis one step further, you can sync Sheets with BigQuery—Google Cloud’s low-cost data warehouse for analytics.
- Optimize your Android apps for Chromebooks – While most apps and games already work fairly well on Chromebooks without any changes, Google is still pushing for a developer to consider the various options associated with a laptop device.
- Embed websites as iframes in the new Google Sites – Going forward, you can embed an entire web page as an iframe in a new Google site. This will allow you to pull in content from other websites and Google tools like Apps Script, Data Studio, and App Maker, saving you the trouble of duplicating and updating that information on your page.
- Get a closer look with Street View in Google Earth VR – This update lets you explore Street View imagery from 85 countries right within Earth VR
- Export data from Google Vault in PST format – To save those businesses time and to make the process of producing and importing data easier, we’re now giving Vault admins the ability to export Gmail, Google Groups, and on-the-record Google Hangouts chat data in Microsoft Personal Storage Table (PST) format.
- Addresses, phone numbers, and contacts now converted to links in Gmail and Inbox to save users time – Gmail and Inbox by Gmail on Android, iOS, and the web will begin converting text to interactive hyperlinks whenever they detect phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses in emails.
- See the status of a Gmail message after it’s been delivered – Using Gmail’s Email Log Search feature in the Admin console, G Suite admins can track the delivery of messages sent and received by users within their domain.
- Introducing limits on file access requests in Team Drives – Request Access notification will be sent to the creator of the file, or a limited group of individuals who had relevant interaction with the Team Drive. We will no longer always send it to all members of the Team Drive.
- Search in the new Google Sites – Users can now click the magnifying glass in the top right corner of their screen and search across an entire site.
- Set restrictions on what content people interact with and share on Google+ – Google is making it possible to add restrictions on content in Google+, allowing Administrators to lock down interactions to ‘organisation’ only.
- Even more reasons for creators to love the YouTube Studio app – Creator Studio app is being rebranded YouTube Studio. They are releasing many new features as well, including the ability to schedule posts, a summary of subscribers and custom thumbnails.
- Better ways of getting around – Settings, advanced search, case law, and “my library” moved into the side drawer, which is now present on all screen sizes and all devices.
- Admin console tools to better manage Google Calendar events of former employees – When you delete a user, you can choose to transfer their future events to a new owner and optionally, release the resources that these events occupy.
- Present like a pro: new updates in Slides designed to make you look good – Google have made a number of updates to Slides, including integrating Keep, providing add-ons and syncing content between different presentations involving the same content.
- Create custom headers and footers in Google Sheets – Going forward, you can customize the headers and footers in your Google Sheets documents with the text of your choosing.
- Use Google Drive and the Files app to organize content on your iOS 11 device – Google has announced full integration of the Drive application with the Files app on devices running iOS 11.
Posts & Resources
- How To Add a Drive File into Multiple Folders – Alice Keeler shows how to add files to multiple folders (or labels).
- How to Install Backup and Sync for Google Drive – Richard Byrne steps through installing Backup and Sync, the replacement for Google Drive Desktop.
- Google Drive is NOT Going Away: Explained – Michael Fricano II responds to some of the confusion associated with Google Drive and the Backup and Sync application.
- 3 Google Drive Shortcuts – Alice Keeler provides three simple shortcuts to rename files, open the sharing dialogue and exploring file details.
CHROME & BOOKS
- Loom – Screencast on Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs – Richard Byrne shows how to use Loom, a Chrome extension, to record short screencasts (ten minutes) involving either the desktop, an individual tab, and or your webcam.
- This Teacher Has Her Kindergarteners Building Web Pages On Chromebooks #Gafe4littles – Vicki Davis and Christine Pinto discuss the use of GSuite in the early years.
- 6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook – Kasey Bell explains how to utilise Android Apps and where to start on enabled devices.
- Safe Browsing: Protecting more than 3 billion devices worldwide, automatically – Stephan Somogyi and Allison Miller document the history associated with safe browsing and where it might go next.
- Chrome’s Plan to Distrust Symantec Certificates – Devon O’Brien, Ryan Sleevi, and Andrew Whalley explain how at the end of July 2018, the Chrome team and the PKI community converged upon a plan to reduce, and ultimately remove, trust in Symantec’s infrastructure in order to uphold users’ security and privacy when browsing the web.
- Customize Your Google Chrome Settings – Richard Byrne helps new Chrome users locate and customize their Chrome settings.
- Device Losing Enrollment – Lenovo Devices – A bug relating to the new version of Chrome that un-enrols Lenovo Chromebooks.
- Stop Calling Google’s Chromebooks Toy Computers – John Patrick Pullen discusses the rise of Chrome OS and the Chromebook and reflects on his experiences in using a Pixel, compared with something like a Macbook Air.
- At New Zealand schools, Chromebooks top the list of learning tools – Suan Yeo explains how Chromebooks have become the dominant device in New Zealand schools, providing access to learning opportunities and inspiring students to chart new learning paths.
- Teachnology: The Writing Process in a Digital World – Scott Bayer provides a workflow for Chromebooks using Google Classroom to support the writing process.
- 5 Free Resources for Math Teachers Using Chromebooks – Richard Byrne discusses a number of options associated with mathematics and Chromebooks.
- Caution: Chromebooks – Gary Stager raises some questions to consider when choosing a Chromebook over other computing options
- A Handy Google Scholar Search Refinement Tool – Richard Byrne explains how to refine results using ‘date’.
- Hipster Google: Library Edition – Eric Curts look at a dozen Google research tools that are lesser known, or maybe you have not had a chance to use much.
- How to Organize Shelves in Google Books – Richard Byrne provides a short guide to creating your own bookshelves within Google Books.
- How to Cite Sources in Google Docs – Kasey Bell demonstrates how to add footnote citations by using the Explore tool in Google Docs.
- Auto-Built (and Linking) Table of Contents in Google Docs – Tom Woodward provides a short video outlining how to add a table of contents to a Doc.
- Calendar Templates Using Google Docs – Steve Wick provides a few methods for creating a calendar template within Google Docs.
- 7 Reasons You Need to Try Voice Typing in Google Docs – Kasey Bell discusses how to use voice typing with Google Docs and a number of possible benefits.
- The Gmail survival guide for busy teachers – Matt Miller provides a series of tips and tricks to get on top of email, such as scheduling, filtering and setting boundaries.
- Email Templates in GMail – Tom Woodward provides a short video introducing canned responses.
- Countdown Timers in Google Slides – Steve Wick shows how to insert a silent YouTube video that can act as a timer when presenting.
- Build a Jack-O-Lantern with Google Slides – Eric Curts has created a Jack-O-Lantern template for designing your own pumpkin.
- Strap on some Add-ons in Slides – Jay Atwood provides an introduction to add-ons for Google Slides.
- Generating Google Slides from images using Apps Script – In the latest G Suite Dev Show episode, Wesley Chun walks through a short example of creating a slideshow from a collection of images.
- Google Forms: Alternating Colors for Response Answers – Alice Keeler shows how to quickly apply alternating colours to help visualise responses to Forms.
- 3 Things to Know in Google Forms – Alice Keeler documents some lesser known features of Forms, including the ability to change preferences, validate responses and choose the sheet where responses go to.
SHEETS & SCRIPTS
- Easy data visualization and analysis with Google Data Studio – Though not an official G Suite service, Data Studio is currently available globally for free. We hope it helps you share more data and make better business decisions.
- Community Connectors: Access all your data in Google Data Studio – Ben Collins unpacks the new community connectors which allow users to bring third-party data in Data Studio.
- Analyze your business data with Explore in Google Sheets, use BigQuery too –
- Switching To Google Sheets: How one government agency doubled their productivity – David from CILF unpacks the different ways that Department of Primary Industries in NSW uses Google Sheets to organise their work and improve productivity.
- Exit tickets with Datastudio – Fredrik Hedström explains how to represent responses to exit tickets using Data Studio.
- Create “Pi Poems” with Google Sheets – Eric Curts shares an activity that involves using Sheets to create a poem based on the first 32 digits.
- 9 Google Sites Tips – Alice Keeler provides a number of tips to get going with the new Google Sites.
- How to manage Google Classroom like a boss with notifications – Matt Miller unpacks the notifications associated with Google Classroom and how to use them to develop your own workflow.
- Unpacking Google Classroom for 2017-18 – GTT021 – Kasey Bell and Matt Miller discuss the latest updates to Google Classroom.
- Amazing Mobile Features of Google Classroom – Eric Curts unpacks the various features associated with Google Classroom mobile app, including the ability to add digital handwriting, recording media, inserting content from other apps and receiving notifications.
- How to Infuse Google Classroom with the Power of YouTube – Kasey Bell shows how to integrate YouTube with Google Classroom. This includes adding announcements or creating a writing prompt.
- 3 features of Google Classroom that provide teachers more instructional time with their students – Jeffrey Bradbury discusses sharing the class code, using topics and posting questions as some newer means for maximising teaching time in Google Classroom.
- Google Classroom: Post to Multiple Classes – Alice Keeler explains how to assign work and posts to multiple classes, useful if several classes require the same information. This, however, does not work with scheduling.
- Visual Thinking with Google Drawings – GTT023 – Matt Miller and Kasey Bell discuss the potential of Google Drawings to create comic strips, infographics and graphic organisers.
- Google’s New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index The Real World – Tom Simonite explains how the improvements in Street View technology are being incorporated into Google’s algorithms and artificial intelligence to build a deeper understanding of the world.
- 5 Tutorials on Mapping Stories – Richard Byrne provides some advice on how to have students create maps based on stories that students read.
- View the world through someone else’s lens in Google Earth – Whether you’re looking for travel inspiration, preparing a geography report for school, or simply taking flight from the comfort of your couch, Stafford Marquardt shows how the new Photos layer in Google Earth gives you the ability to look at far off places up close.
- Launch Tour Builder Tours in Google Earth with One Click – Eric Curts explains how Tour Builder with a simple menu option will open your tour automatically in Google Earth.
- Step inside of music – Alexander Chen discusses the new collaboration between Google and the Song Exploder podcast which allows viewers to interact with music but turns parts on and off.
- Something’s coming … “West Side Story” on Google Arts & Culture – Google Arts & Culture is launching a new collection honoring “West Side Story,” bringing together artifacts and mementos from the making of the musical and movie, behind-the-scenes photographs, and a peek into the modern-day representation of the musical, this collection explores the history, artistic value and social relevance of “West Side Story.”
- Teachers keep their lesson plans fresh with Expeditions – Per Karlsson provides a summary of some of the updates involving Expeditions, including incorporating aspects of Earth VR and running your own expeditions.
- Use Google Keep like digital sticky notes to save your thoughts – Ian O’Byrne provides an overview of how he uses Google Keep to save notes and ideas across multiple devices.
- Google Keep in Slides, Yes Please! – Alice Keeler discusses the integration of Keep within Slides and provides some suggested benefits.
- How to Share a Portion of a YouTube Video – Richard Byrne shares three ways to share a part of a video, rather than the whole thing.
- YouTube vs Vimeo – Which One is Better for WordPress Videos? – WPBeginner unpacks many of the differences between YouTube and Vimeo.
- 5 Simple Things That Can Improve Your Videos – Richard Byrne provides some suggestions when working with video, including making it short, recording mobile content in landscape and filtering the audio.
- How to Collaborate to Create YouTube Playlists – Richard Byrne unpacks how to collaborate using playlists.
- Reminder – YouTube Is Removing Its Photo Slideshow Tool – Richard Byrne provides a number of alternatives for creating a video with still images.
- What’s New With Youtube? – GTT022 – Matt Miller and Kasey Bell explore all the updates associated with YouTube, including new embed code and darker theme option.
- Instagram and Facebook Live – Redefining living in the moment – Silje Andersen-Cooke from eSafety Commission provides some guidance around live streaming content. This includes YouTube Live.
- Advertising and What YouTube Knows About You – Richard Byrne explores what YouTube knows about you and how this impacts on the suggestions provided.
- Identity crisis: Using the YouTube Data API with Google Apps Script and Scheduling Live Broadcasts from Google Sheets – Martin Hawksey unpacks steps to authenticating the use of YouTube within Google Sheets to schedule live broadcasts.
- How to Make a Blogger Blog Private – Richard Byrne provides a quick guide to making a Blogger blog private.
- A Blogger Privacy Setting You Might Want to Use – Richard Byrne discusses some privacy settings to consider when using Blogger, such as the request that your blog doesn’t appear in Blogger’s list of published blogs, restrict viewing to those who have been invited by email and turn on moderation for comments.
- 7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite – Nicolas Kardas and Sam Lugani provide a list of considerations to protect users against phishing attacks.
- 8 Ways to Support Digital Citizenship Skills with Google – Kasey Bell provides a list of applications to support teaching digital citizenship.
- Creating a Culture of Innovation – Tips from Google for transforming school and district culture, this includes a downloadable Doc.
- Google Extends Digital Literacy Training to Teachers – Google’s Be Internet Awesome campaign now includes a free course for teachers.
- Google Apps: New Toolbar Icons – Alice Keeler summarises the new toolbar icons associated with GSuite.
- Drag Downloaded Images to Google – Alice Keeler explains how images that are listed as downloaded at the bottom of the screen can simply be dragged into a document or presentation