Citations are back
Although I have gotten somewhat used to the pace of change in Google Apps/GSuite... I wasn't happy this fall when the ability to insert citations disappeared with the advent of the "explore" button. But... it's back! If it hasn't rolled out to you, it will soon.
You can read more about it here.
SLides...more than just presentations
I spent some time on Saturday attending some of theGoogle Edu on Air presentations. These are all available online- free- on demand. There were a couple that I really liked, one which explored the possibilities in Slides.
I have written about templates for slides in the past, and love using Slide Carnival. They are free, clean and easy to use. They also give you some great little icons to play with.
But what I haven't done and have read about, is to use Google Slides to replace Microsoft Publisher. I have played around and adjusted my slide size to be 8.5 by 11 or the other way around and printed them as pdfs, but honestly did not realize the potential until I saw newsletters, flyers and even whole yearbooks made with Google Slides. We have all moaned and groaned and spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to fix formatting on Docs to make what was simple in Word, work. Well, using slides can eliminate all the headaches. Here is an amazing site to explore- making yearbooks with Google Slides. Embedded below is Michelle Armstrong's complete 30 minute presentation. It's worth your time!
This is the link to the slide deck Michelle Armstrong presented. The best resource that was shared, is this link to Darren Maltais' resources. He has tons of templates for Google Slides, Google Drawings... you name it- he has it and freely shares it. Darren Maltais is a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. Be sure to check it out and bookmark it for later. You can also follow him on twitter on Google+ .
Last, but not LEast- How Clever!
This is a short clip- ~ 5 minutes or so- from the end of the keynotes, talking about product updates. The really cool part, at least for me, was seeing the integration with Clever- using QR codes for logins. Now even younger students can log onto the chromebook without the hassle of the long login. A teacher friend who uses this- with preschoolers- loves it! Check it out...maybe it can work in our school.