Monday, April 15, 2019

Google NEXT announcements

Google made a lot of announcements at Google NEXT

Here is a list of the popular one I have outlined my favorites and added one not annonced but really awesome.

1. Insert Audio in Google Slides

2. Edit Office Files including Word, Excel, Powerpoint without needing to convert to Google format and allow to collaborate as well.

3.Live Captions in Hangout Meet: First introduced in Google Slides, closed caption allows you to have a have a written bar at the bottom with everything being said. The system uses your microphone to use text to speech, and write what your are saying. This is now available to online sessions using Google Meet. Currently only available in english.


4. Schedule Email,  write now send later:

5. Google Assistant with Work and School accounts: The Google Assistant is what powers your android device but also your Google Home and minis. For unknown reasons you could not use your school account calendar with these devices. Now you can,

April 2019 Tech Tips

Wooclap: Awesome, free live quiz and audience interaction tool,
You can ask multiple choice questions, polls, find on image, word cloud, open questions, guessing, matching....

Sign out of all other Google sessions, sometimes you login to many devices with your user login information. If you ever doubt that maybe you forgot to log off of a device you can simply go to Gmail, scroll allthe way down bottom right corder and click on details. You will be able to see all your open sessions and force a log off all of them at once.

Google @ or + mentions: If you are in a google docs, slides or sheets file and want to bring to the attention a specific passage or block of text, you can highlight do a comment. Within you comment add @ or + followed by the name of the person you wish to send a specific email notification to about the comment. It also informs other collaborators who the comment is for.

Google @ and + signs followed by a name can be used anywhere within the body of an email to automatically add recipients in the To: field.

The @name also becomes underlined and blue and is clickable to instantly compose another email to just that person, the blue is a quick indicator for people to see what part of the email concerns them.

Here is an example:

Quickly create a new Google document:  Just type these into your  web browser to launch a new document, spreadsheet, slide, or form.


Slight variations also seem to work. For instance, you can type “” instead of “” to open a document. Want to have quick access to these shortcuts? Just save them as browser bookmarks.

October 2020 Tech Tips

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