Google Apps for Education is a great suite of applications for educators. Google is very committed to these applications and is always making updates and improvements to their functionality. Since most of these applications are also available to customers outside the education realm, they are very dedicated to making them the best they can become. These range from Google Classroom to many of the other applications offered in the suite.
Here are some of the latest updates to the suite of Google Apps:
Better Search experience in Google Drive– If you have been using Google drive for any length of time, you have likely built up quite a few files. When you are only using the default storage limit of 2 gigs, then it may not be that important to search, but if you are like me and have 100’s of gigs of data in Google Drive, then search becomes necessary. Google has made some improvements in this area that are long overdue. The enhancements include:
- Narrow your search to a file type from the search box on Android, iOS, and the web.
- Open advanced search instantly from the search box.
- Access recent files or search Drive from the home screen using 3D Touch on iOS.
- Search Drive using the iOS search bar without opening the Drive app.
They have also made enhancements behind the scenes to make your search queries more relevant. After all, this is Google and building a better search engine is what has made them the technology giant that they are.
Adding ToDos to Google Calendar using Reminders – I could not keep track of anything without my Google Calendar apps. Now you can create reminders that give you notifications. They are a little pesky as they keep popping up, but they do keep you on track and productive. The reminders are created just for any event, but the difference is regardless of whether you interact with an event it will come and go. Reminders are different as they stay with you every day until you mark them complete. This helps to keep important things at the front of your mind and is also ideal for creating your daily to-do list. The reminders also show up in Google, so you don’t just have to be in Google calendar to get your reminder, you will also see them in your Google mail. So far this one is working out very well.
Templates in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides – Now when you create a new google doc on your mobile device you are presented with templates. This works similar to the way Microsoft Office works where you are presented with a boilerplate to help you along your way when creating documents. They have templates like Agendas, expense report and many others. If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you will know I like Google docs, but there are many things they are still missing from Microsoft Office, but they are coming along.
They have also made minor improvements to the function descriptions in Google Sheets, While it does not really affect me as the descriptions have always been in English and that is my default language, but now they will show function descriptions in a lot more languages, and that makes it more useful for those educators across the pond. Othe enhancements include updates to the way accounts are synced and how administrators manage the Google Apps for Education domain. This makes their job easier and leaves them more time to reset passwords for the users