Google Classroom now available for all!

Google Classroom is now available to users without G Suite for Education accounts. Teachers and students in many different environments can now teach or attend classes, manage assignments and instantly collaborate—all with their personal Google accounts.

G Suite for Education administrators will see updated Classroom settings that give them new controls over who can join their classes from personal Google accounts or from other G Suite for Education domains. This update gives schools more flexibility in how they collaborate with other organizations and students: For example, student teachers or visiting students can now easily integrate into their host school or university’s Classroom set-up.

To learn more about this, visit the Google for Education official blog post.

equatIO: making math easier digitally

There was a time that math teachers would simply avoid the thought of using Google Docs or Forms for handouts or assessments, but that time is now in the past for sure with with the recent update to gMath – equatIO.

I was recently notified of an update to the gMath add-on for G Suite for Education. gMath was pretty awesome for the times that I needed to use it, so I was excited to see the improvements.

And, it did not disappoint.

equatIO has made creating math expressions so much more doable now for teachers in preparing work in Google Docs or Forms, but also for students to complete assessments that require math expressions.

Here’s one of Texthelp’s recent videos:

For more information, visit their product page.

 

Convert text to lowercase, UPPERCASE or Title Case in Google Docs

In case you wanted to yell – or not yell – more easily in a Google Docs, this is a great new feature that has been long awaited for you!

Coming soon, if it hasn’t appeared yet, is a nice formatting option that will allow you to change a selection of text to either lowercaseUPPERCASE, or Title Case:

  • lowercase, to make all the letters in your selection lowercase.
  • UPPERCASE, to capitalize all the letters in your selection.
  • Title Case, to capitalize the first letter of each word in your selection.

Credit: G Suite Updates

For more information, visit the G Suite Updates blog post by clicking here.

 

Differentiated Instruction now possible in Google Classroom

Teachers who were using Google Classroom but taught a split-grade, or for most, have students learning at a different pace. Creating an assignment through Google Classroom didn’t really address these needs.

Until this week.

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Google’s official blog announced this week that it has addressed this issue directly, allowing for teachers to offer individualized work for differentiated learning. From the blog post:

Classroom makes it a lot easier for teachers to assign work to individual students and groups based on their unique needs. As they’re creating an assignment, post or question, teachers can choose whether to share it with the entire class or just with a subset of students.

With this feature, students can also discreetly receive extra practice if they’re struggling with a new subject.

For more information related to this update, visit the official blog post:

New Google Classroom features make it easier to learn, teach, manage and build

Google Forms just got even better (again!)

G Suite has come out with some amazing updates that are what you would call ‘head turners‘!

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The most exciting highlight in the most recent post would have to be the ‘File Upload‘  question type in Google Forms. Respondents within your domain can now upload files from their computer or Drive as a question response, which organizes the files neatly in a Drive folder for you!

Visit the official G Suite Updates blog post to see other new exciting updates: Five new ways to reach your goals faster with G Suite.

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).