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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New Google for Education Tools #gafe #google #googleclassroom #chrome

Today is the first day of school in our district and there were some welcome surprises from Google to greet us.  You can read the entire post on the Google for Education blog or my favorite parts below.

  • Voice Typing - In a Google Doc, under the Tools menu, is a new tool that allows you to type using your voice.  This furthers Google's plans to free you from your keyboard and is slowly creeping into most of their apps.  It's available in 40 languages and also allows you to make corrections on the fly.
  • See New Changes - Now when you leave a document and come back to it there is a new link that allows you to see any changes that have been made in the document.  You can still do that via File > See Revision History, but this is a quicker route.
  • Google Forms - There are some new themes, which are always fun.
  • New Templates - Docs, Sheets, and Slides all have new templates that allow you to choose from pre-made documents, instead of having to create your own.
  • Explore in Sheets - This tool creates charts and insights automatically to help you visualize your data.
  • Share to Google Classroom Chrome Extension - Sometimes it's hard to share URLs because they take a long time to type.  This extension makes that easy by sending the current URL to your Google Classroom.
Plus, Google has a new logo!

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