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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

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Google Forms just got even better (again!)

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

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2016/10/five-new-ways-to-reach-your-goals.html
https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2016/10/five-new-ways-to-reach-your-goals.html

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.

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Google Classroom updates just in time for this school year

Mobile Annotations

Teachers and students can draw on, highlight, and write notes on documents and PDFs in the Classroom mobile app.

Parent/Guardian Summaries

Teachers and administrators can invite parents/guardians to sign up for email summaries to keep up with their students. Guardians can choose how often to get a summary—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.

Summaries include a student’s missing or upcoming work as well as new announcements and questions posted by teachers in the class stream.

Classroom notification for guardians example

For a complete list of features ready for the school year, visit the official What’s New in Google Classroom Help Page.

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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

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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).

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Google Slides for Desktop Publishing

Google Slides may be used to create stunning presentations with the ability add images, video, links and much more. An ever-growing selection of themes allows users to design.

Often, users want to create newsletters or brochures and need access to desktop publishing tools like Microsoft Publisher.

By simply changing the size of the page, users may create, publish and print dynamic, interactive newsletters using Google Slides.
This presentation you are reading was created using Google Slides!

Click on the image or this link to find out more.

Thank you Joe Sisco!

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Google Slides: Let Me Count the Ways

msdrasbyBarbara Drasby (@MsDrasby) has created a collaborative Google slideshow GOOGLE SLIDES: LET ME COUNT THE WAYS. We wanted to share this with you:

  1. for you to get more ideas for good uses of Google Slides
  2. to empower Ms. Drasby and all of the contributors within the slideshow, so to have their thoughts and ideas reach a larger audience.

Thinking of doing something like this for people to contribute ideas:

  • within your school community?
  • in your town/city?
  • globally?

Simply create a Google slides presentation, be sure to enable ‘Anyone can edit’ within the sharing settings, and you’re all set!

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