Tuesday, July 11, 2017

5 New Updates to Google Forms




Today, the Google Forms team released updates to its app.  All of the updates will help improve productivity, but the one I like the most is the ability of having all consumer users the option to upload a file to a Google Form.  Previously, this option was available to G Suite for Education users.

Another update is having intelligent response validation.  This feature will allow you to quickly add a validation to a forms question.  For example, if you know the answer to the question should be an email address, there is an option to allow email addresses.  It uses machine language to predict your validation.

Another new feature to Forms is having the ability to set up default values when creating new Forms. This is a huge time saver.  This can be found in the Preference menu and can be applied to all new Forms that are created.

Furthermore, you have the option to rearrange header sections.  Now you can quickly and easily rearrange sections in your Forms.

The last update is having the ability to use a checkbox grid question.  This new question type will allow you to select multiple options in a category.  An example of this can be used for scheduling.

I am excited about all of these new features and can't wait to start using them.

To read more about this update, please visit the G Suite for Education blog page.

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Suite Talk - Episode 3




Episode 3 of The Suite Talk is completed!  In this episode, I spoke about end of the year practices for Google Classroom and Brian spoke about transferring ownership of files using Team Drive.

Additionally, the app of the show was Google Classroom.  I discussed the new features of Google Classroom which are: 
  • Users with personal Google accounts can create and join classes. 
  • A return count was added to assignments
  • Customized email notifications

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Show Notes

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Episode Link and Video

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Google Classroom Notifications Feature



The Google Classroom Team always listens to feedback from their users.  Being on the team, I know first hand the Googlers value your feedback, and they prioritize it accordingly.   That is why I always stress to users in the forum, to always leave feedback by clicking on the ? at the bottom of the screen.  The animation below shows how to send feedback to the team.  You can also click on this link




An important update in Google Classroom was the enhancement of the email notifications.  In the past, you only had the option to enable or disable them, and this was a global setting. This would flood your inbox with emails.

Now, you can specify what type of email notifications you would like to receive from Google classroom. It is still a global setting, but now you have the option to enable/disable notifications so that your inbox does not get overloaded with Google Classroom notifications.  The image below displays all of the options you can enable/disable for your email notifications.  


Additionally, you can change your profile picture in this area too.

Continue to leave your feedback and you may see your suggestion implemented in Google Classroom.