Keeping track of work in G Suite

make copies.gif

From the Google blog:

How many times have you worked in a document only to realize halfway through that you’re editing an outdated version? Beyond being frustrating, this can cause confusion and slow down your project. One of the great things about working in cloud-native tools like G Suite is that everything is automatically saved. You never have to worry if you’re working on the most up-to-date version of a document because your apps do that for you.

But for the times that you need to go back and see changes, it’s simple. Go to File > Version history > See version history and view a complete list of changes to your document in one place. You can restore previous versions of a document there, too.

Another trick is to simply click the text at the top of your navigation bar that says “last edit was…” or “all changes saved” in Google Docs. If you hover over that text, it will actually tell you what the last change to the document was and who made it. Or if you’re returning to a document, you can click “See new changes” and the Doc will highlight edits that have been made since your last visit.

Advertisements

Live from ISTE: 12 Google for Education launches to save time for creativity

On the first day of ISTE, Google for Education gives to you: 12 updates to help teachers save time and spark creativity in their students. By releasing educators of time-consuming tasks, these new features and tools will enhance teachers’ ability to organize courses, increase collaboration with students, and unleash creativity in the classroom.

Check out the full post.

Save the Date: Camp Chromebook, June 20, 2018

Join us for Camp Chromebook on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School in Portland, OR. This is a *free* professional learning opportunity for anyone that is interested in learning more about Google Apps and G Suite for Education tools and how to integrate them into your classroom instruction using best practices and relevant strategies. All levels welcome. Check back for the schedule to see the sessions that will be offered.

Register here for the event to save your spot! You can volunteer to facilitate a session here. Please share with any interested colleagues.

About the camp:

  • Will run from 8am – 1pm for a full day of fun.
  • Bring your own device (Chromebook or laptop recommended).
  • Four session times, each one 55 minutes long.
  • Each session time slot will have multiple workshops to choose from, you pick what you want to learn more about.
  • Use the hashtag #campchromebook to share your learning.
  • PDUs will be available.

Reminder: Please Continue to Share Info About New Chromebook Login Screen

Please continue to share information about this change since IT has received feedback that some users are still confused about how to login on the new Chromebook login screen. Remind everyone to just click the “Sign in with a different account” link on the left hand side. ONLY K-3 students using a Clever Badge can login by clicking “NEXT” on the right side. Clicking “Sign in with a different account” allows you to enter your login credentials and bypasses all the issues that users are having. Posters were ponied to all schools, but here’s the link if you want to print and share it again: bit.ly/cbloginposter. Also, in case anyone is worried–the camera is not taking pictures or recording video of anyone–several staff were confused that this might be happening. Other questions? Direct folks to the Chromebook Login & Clever FAQ at bit.ly/ppsclever. Here’s the link to the video posted above.

Google Updates

A couple of Google updates you should know about:

  1. New Google Calendar for web
    Read more about the new changes in Calendar by clicking the link above. If you go to Google Calendar, you can click the button “Use new Calendar” to upgrade. If you don’t like the new Calendar, you can go to Settings (gear icon) and click “Back to classic Calendar” and leave feedback.
  2. Users can now migrate individual files
    You can now move individual files into Team Drives, as long as you have Edit access to those files and the current file owners are members of the destination Team Drive.

Drive File Stream

Several users have reported concerns regarding news they heard about Google Drive going away. Good news, it’s not Google Drive going away but the Google Drive app for Mac and Windows.
Drive File Stream is the replacement, a new application for your Mac or PC. You can use Drive File Stream to access all your Google Drive files from your computer while using less disk space and decreasing sync time. How does it work?

With Drive File Stream, you can:

  • Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer (including Team Drives).
  • Browse and organize Google Drive files without downloading all of them to your computer.
  • Choose which files or folders you’d like to make available offline.
  • Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

How do I get started?
Install Drive File Stream and get started.
https://support.google.com/drive/answer/7329379
More information here.

Present Like a Pro: New Updates in Slides Designed to Make You Look Good

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.