Are you interested in trying Google Expeditions with your students? The Digital Learning Team at Grant Wood has their own Expeditions kit that we will be looking bring to area schools soon. Stay tuned for upcoming professional development opportunities with more information, or contact us to find out more.
Also new in Forms is the ability to add images to questions and to answers. Both are really interesting options for schools and have the potential to be used in all kinds of different ways. Check out this great post by Richard Byrne with ideas on how to get started with both of these new features.
Another new feature in Classroom is the addition of annotations in the Google Classroom mobile apps. Google says that "using annotations, students can complete assignments, sketch out math problems or even create visuals of creative ideas directly on their devices." However, teachers can also use annotations to mark up student assignments and to draw or write directly on to the student's work.
Lastly, you can now add labels to discussions in Classroom. This lets you more quickly sort discussion posts by topic so that you (and your students) can find exactly what you are looking for without having to scroll endlessly through all the posts on the Classroom homepage.
Google Cast for Education
Training for Google Apps
The NEW Google Sites
Right now, the new Google Sites are not available to everyone because they are currently being tested by a number of early adopters that were given access to the program. While they have a lot of great new features, many of the existing features have yet to be added. The Google Sites you are using right now is guaranteed to stick around for another year or so, and options will be given for people who want to move their content from the old Google Sites to the new Google Sites. So because this update is not yet publicly available, file this one under "good to know" and wait for future updates.
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