There have been many updates in Google in 2015 and choosing only 5 for this article proved difficult. If you are new to Google Apps For Education then your choices were probably a little easier to make. I decided to choose one from each main GAFE. Here they are in no particular order:
Voice Typing- Compose documents using your voice! It works in 40 different languages and on your computer or mobile device. Check under tools tab in Google Docs to give it a try.
Prevent viewers from copying, printing, or downloading your documents. You will find this option under ADVANCED in the “share” menu. Some of the functions that will not be available to viewers once the owner's settings have been checked off are:
- make a copy
There have been so many changes to Google Classroom this year that choosing my favorite has proven to be the most challenging. Honorable mention goes to: adding a folder automatically in my Drive, adding another teacher, and being able to add material in more than one classroom. My favorite is, the ability to post in Classroom and having it save as automatically as a draft. Now a lesson can be created ahead of time and then post the assignment, announcement, question, etc. at a later date!
The new and improved Gmail search. In the past the search option did not give you results from your Spam or Trash, now it does and let’s you know that is where it was found. Let’s face it, we have all trashed something that should not have been trashed, and if you are like me, I never look in my Spam folder for an important e-mail! Important doesn't end up in my Spam folder often in Gmail but nothing is perfect, not even the Google algorithm for mail.
Since we are on the subject of accidentally trashing something. Google Calendar
now has a way to recover deleted events. You can now restore single or recurring
events. You can find deleted events for each calendar under the drop down next to the calendar and click on “trash”. Check out the next screen shot to locate the "trash". Click on trash and restore your deleted event(s).