Google’s Course Builder 1.9 Features, 3D Insect App with Classroom, Hangouts Website, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from August 10 – 23, 2015.

Google’s Course Builder 1.9 improves instructor experience and takes Skill Maps to the next levelgoogleforeducation.blogspot.com

Spend less time setting up your courses and more time educating. Course Builder 1.9 greatly expands the applicability of skill maps for you and your students.  Its rich set of capabilities gives you control over every aspect of your courses–but that doesn’t mean it is hard to use.

3D Insect app with Classroomblackholecollections.org

Just released through #GoogleClassroom an innovative new app where kids can explore backyard insects on par with scientists in the laboratory at microscope resolution is deemed an effective educational tool.Reshare with teacher friends who care about inspiring kids.

Shared by +Scott Montague

Hangouts Websiteplus.google.com

A dedicated website for Google Hangouts is now live. From the new site you’ll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day. Visit: https://hangouts.google.com 

Open a File Using Web Apps or Apps Installed on Your Computerplus.google.com

Late last year, Google has added the ability to open files from Google Drive directly into the compatible application installed on your computer. This ability is added to the Google Drive viewer as well. This includes apps like image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, or animation and design tools.

G is for Googlegoogleblog.blogspot.cz

Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

Shared by +Dan Taylor

New settings in Admin console for restricting YouTube content on managed networksgoogleappsupdates.blogspot.com.au

Google introduces YouTube settings, available to Google Apps admins as an Additional Service, that will allow admins to restrict YouTube content on managed networks.

h/t +Suan Yeo

2 Edtech Goals for Everyone 2016hapara.com

For those of us that work in Northern Hemisphere schools, a better time to make predictions is August. This allows us to challenge ourselves to meet the expectations of the thought leaders in our field. This week, Henry Thiele, Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Learning at Maine 207 District in Illinois (and Hapara community member), did just that in Tech & Learning magazine.

Shared by +Jack West

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