From the Google blog:
As a go-to presentation tool, Google Slides already comes equipped with real-time collaboration features. Starting today, we’re introducing new robust features to help you and your team win that pitch, nail that client presentation and get buy-in for new ideas—all while saving valuable time.
The latest updates in Slides, include new G Suite integrations, partner applications and customization options:
- Capture ideas in Keep, bring them to life in Slides
- Skip manual updates, use linked Slides
- Insert Diagrams, or ready-to-use visualizations. This is great for when you need to effectively share timelines, processes or hierarchies.
- Select Grid view to view all your slides at once as thumbnails. This helps you easily reorder or change formats of multiple slides.
- Tailor presentations to different audiences with the Skip slide feature. You can now choose to skip select slides without fully deleting them when you present from your phone or laptop.
- Try new add-ons, shape up your Slides
- Customize Slides, automate workflows with Apps Script
See the full post and all details here
Google’s free online training course for educators helps them equip their students with the foundational skills they need to create a safe and positive experience online. By reading, watching videos, and doing different activities in the Digital Citizenship and Safety Course, they can learn how to integrate digital citizenship and safety activities into their school curriculum. There are five interactive units. Read more about the program here.
NEW for 2017-18:
Google Hangouts for Students No Longer Available
Due to recent incidents with students accessing inappropriate video chat within Google Hangouts, the PPS Google Apps Advisory Group has recommended that Google Hangouts be turned off for all students. Google Hangouts is videoconferencing software that allows for collaboration, communication and sharing. In Hangouts, we are unable to save video or chat transcripts and sessions cannot be deleted, so there is concern that students could access videoconferencing without adult supervision. Hangouts will continue to be available for all district staff. This change is planned to go into effect at the start of the 2017-18 school year. See full message here.
G Suite Training
This is a Chrome extension that offers simple and interactive training lessons to get you up and running fast with G Suite. Training is accessible directly within G Suite, so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it. This extension is free and will be pushed out to all district users at the start of the 2017-18 school year. See more information and help.
Sync Google Classroom with Synergy
Did you know that you can sync Google Classroom with Synergy? Your building scheduler can check the “Google Classroom section” box to create a Google Classroom for any of the classes/sections you teach with the students already populated.
With school out and summer break giving kids more time to spend on the Internet, it’s a great time to introduce Be Internet Awesome: a new way to encourage digital safety and citizenship.
To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.
Developed in collaboration with online safety experts like the Family Online Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and ConnectSafely, Be Internet Awesome focuses on five key lessons to help kids navigate the online world with confidence:
•Be Internet Smart: Share with care
•Be Internet Alert: Don’t fall for fake
•Be Internet Strong: Secure your secrets
•Be Internet Kind: It’s cool to be kind
•Be Internet Brave: When in doubt, talk it out
The program includes a range of specific resources for kids, educators and parents, so everyone has the tools they need to learn and participate in the conversation. You can read moe about the program here.
Check out these awesome (and optional) tips from @ericcurts that may help you clean up your Classroom as you transition from one school year to the next.
As the end of the school year approaches, graduating seniors, retiring staff and others moving out of the district may want to move their apps4pps Google content to a personal account. Follow the directions here for transferring your stuff.