A Google Refresh Just In Time For School: 3 New Updates to Your Favorites

By now, I am sure you have noticed the change in the Google Logo.  According to the Google blog, the evolution sparked by the fact that Google is no longer just a search engine people use on a desktop computer, instead, ” we’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).”

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But there are three other Google updates educators should be aware of:

  1. New Templates in Google DocsScreenshot 2015-09-03 at 9.42.47 PM – Find templates for many things, including resumes, essays with MLA format, lesson plan, brochures, and even flyers.  Access the templates by clicking on the “Docs Home” while in an opened Google Document.

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Screenshot 2015-09-03 at 9.46.30 PM2.  Google Forms also has a fresh, new look. New colors and options in images and question types, plus a sleek interface, will allow users to customize forms in a unique way.     ****(If you want to create a form using the new Google Forms, opt in to the new version. When editing a form created using the old Forms, you may also see a link at the top to try out the new version.)

Screenshot 2015-09-03 at 9.51.12 PM3. Voice Typing allows inputting your ideas into a document vocally a snap. A great alternative to typing for students. Access this feature under the “Tools” tab in a Google Document. Upon initial test, the voice recognition was accurate to what I spoke!

Happy Googling!

About sfarnsworth

Educational Services Consultant: Literacy, Technology, and AIW. Certified Google Innovator. Staff Developer
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