Google Classroom updates just in time for this school year

Mobile Annotations

Teachers and students can draw on, highlight, and write notes on documents and PDFs in the Classroom mobile app.

Parent/Guardian Summaries

Teachers and administrators can invite parents/guardians to sign up for email summaries to keep up with their students. Guardians can choose how often to get a summary—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.

Summaries include a student’s missing or upcoming work as well as new announcements and questions posted by teachers in the class stream.

Classroom notification for guardians example

For a complete list of features ready for the school year, visit the official What’s New in Google Classroom Help Page.

Add images to questions and answers in Google Forms

Here is an update that is sure to make a lot of teachers happy for the upcoming school year.

As teachers have been moving to Google Apps, they been adopting Forms as well for assessments for, as and of learning. Allowing to have forms grade assessments in a recent update this spring was a step in the right direction and I’m sure that Google has been listening, however, not being able to tie in images to both the question as well as in the answer choices was that last missing piece of the puzzle.

Well, here it is.

Source: Add images to questions and answers in Google Forms

Update your chart(s) from a Google Sheet in Google Docs and Slides with a single click

Update your chartCharts help you display data in a visually compelling way.

At work, the same chart may be used across multiple documents and presentations, to help you better convey your message and strengthen your argument. If that chart changes, it can be tedious and time-consuming to replace it in each and every file.

To save you valuable time, we’re now making it possible to update your chart with a single click—without ever needing to leave your document or presentation.

For more information, visit this page (source).

Google Slides for Desktop Publishing

Google Slides may be used to create stunning presentations with the ability add images, video, links and much more. An ever-growing selection of themes allows users to design.

Often, users want to create newsletters or brochures and need access to desktop publishing tools like Microsoft Publisher.

By simply changing the size of the page, users may create, publish and print dynamic, interactive newsletters using Google Slides.
This presentation you are reading was created using Google Slides!

Click on the image or this link to find out more.

Thank you Joe Sisco!

Google Slides: Let Me Count the Ways

msdrasbyBarbara Drasby (@MsDrasby) has created a collaborative Google slideshow GOOGLE SLIDES: LET ME COUNT THE WAYS. We wanted to share this with you:

  1. for you to get more ideas for good uses of Google Slides
  2. to empower Ms. Drasby and all of the contributors within the slideshow, so to have their thoughts and ideas reach a larger audience.

Thinking of doing something like this for people to contribute ideas:

  • within your school community?
  • in your town/city?
  • globally?

Simply create a Google slides presentation, be sure to enable ‘Anyone can edit’ within the sharing settings, and you’re all set!

EQAO Practice for Grade 9 Math

eqao screenshot (3) would like to introduce a new resource for grade 9 math students (and teachers).

We have taken the multiple choice questions from previous EQAO booklets to create questions sets for students to practice in a digital way, on a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The goal for GafeHelp is to add more booklets from previous years broken into four parts. The short assessments also provides students a summary at the end of each section of how they did, as well as the option to retry as well.

More questions will be added in the next few weeks.

Breakout EDU: It’s time for something different!


Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve.

Breakouts are perfect for classrooms, staff trainings, dinner parties, and at home with the family!

Speciality K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context.

For more information, please visit

Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files

This is something that we’ve been waiting to see, and it’s now here.

Google Apps is introducing the ability to set an “expiration date” for specific user access to files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This can be done by accessing the advanced sharing settings, where a new button will appear beside users that you have shared your file with who have either edit or comment rights only (this function is not available for viewers).

For more information, visit the official Google Apps update.

Navigate documents quickly and easily with the outline tool in Google Docs

It can be difficult, not to mention time-consuming, to navigate lengthy, complex documents. To make that process easier, today we’re launching an outline tool in Google Docs on the web and Android. Displayed in a pane to the left of the page, this outline features headers for each section of your document, making it simple to quickly jump from section to section.

Document Outline View

For a demonstration of this new feature, watch this video.