Wednesday, June 9, 2021

New Formatting Options in Google Docs with Images and Drawings

 

     
    
           Some very exciting news in Google Docs!!  This is the update that many of us have been waiting for.   There are now additional formatting options available when working with images and drawings in Google Docs.

    You now have the option of formatting images and drawings to go behind or in front of text.  Previously the only options were "In Line", "Wrap Text" or "Break Text".  You will see these new options on the formatting menu when you click on an image or drawing.


    If the 'In front of" or "Behind" formatting option is selected, you will also get more formatting options as to how you want the image to move.  The "Move with text" option will move the image with the text that it is behind of in front of, while the "Fix position on page" option will anchor the image to that location on the page and it will not move.  The position options text will simply open up the formatting options menu in a pane on the right hand of your window.






Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Text Formatting Now Available in Google Classroom

 

 Text Formatting Now Available in Google Classroom


    An exciting new feature has been rolled out in Google Classroom..... Text formatting.  You can now customize your posts in Google Classroom with this new feature.

When creating a new stream post or assignment, you now have access to the text formatting.  At the bottom of the text input box, you can find the text formatting options.


Text formatting features that are available are bold,  italic, underline and 

  • bullets

 Pressing this button will remove the formatting of the text that you highlight.



 




Thursday, April 1, 2021

Brightspace April Newsletter



Every month, our IT team at WECDSB will be producing a Brightspace newsletter.  In this newsletter, you will find announcements for new ministry courses and highlights for some of the newer Brightspace features that you may not have used yet.  

The April newsletter has been published.  You can view it here: April 2021 Brightspace Newsletter

Monday, March 8, 2021

NEW! Google Meet End Call for All!

 Google Meet: End Call for All 

With the new “end call for all” feature, teachers will now be able to end the Google Meet for all of their students at once. This new feature will ensure students will not be able to remain in the Meet without a teacher present, nor will they be able to re-enter the Meet, without a teacher present. 


How does this work? 


When the host (the teacher) of the Meet clicks on the red phone to end the Google Meet, they will be prompted with two choices, to “Just leave the call” or to “End the call”: 


Just leave the call - if you choose to just leave the call all of the participants in the Meet will be able to remain in the Meet without the host present. You would only choose this if you are meeting with other staff.


End the call- (CHOOSE THIS OPTION) this option will end the Meet for all participants. Students will receive a note that states “your host ended the meet for everyone”. Ending the meet for all automatically turns off quick access, therefore, no one can rejoin the meeting, without a teacher present. Students will not be able to rejoin the Meet.


What does this mean for me as a classroom teacher? 


-The Meet link can now always remain in your Google Classroom banner. It is no longer necessary to make the meet link invisible.


-When you are absent, the occasional teacher can now use the Meet link in your Google Classroom baner, rather than creating their own Meet link and pasting the link into the stream. If you will be absent please ensure that the Google Classroom link now remains visible. 


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

New Brightspace Monthly Newsletters

 

New Brightspace Monthly Newsletters


Every month, our IT team at WECDSB will be producing a Brightspace newsletter.  In this newsletter, you will find announcements for new ministry courses and highlights for some of the newer Brightspace features that you may not have used yet.  

The March newsletter has been published.  You can view it here: March 2021 Brightspace Newsletter

Monday, February 22, 2021

New Features Coming to Google Meet

 

New Features Coming to Google Meet

Google has announced some exciting new features coming to Google Meet.  Some are set to roll out in the next few months and some will roll out before the end of the year.

New features coming in the next few months

1.  End Meeting for Everyone



This new feature will be rolling out over the next 15 days.  The "End Meeting" button can be used by the host to end the meeting for all the participants. Once the end meeting button is pressed, all the participants will be removed from the Meet and will not be able to re-join.

2. Muting Controls

Google Meet has already released the mute all button.  Hosts can now mute all the participants in the Meet by clicking on this button.  Coming in the next few months, hosts will also be able to control when participants can un-mute themselves.

3.  Set up Breakout Rooms ahead of time 

  

 Teachers will be able to set up break-out rooms before the Meet starts.  This will be done through the Google Calendar.


New features coming later this year

1.  Multiple Hosts



 Any Google Meet that is not created through Classroom will have the ability to have multiple hosts.  This will make it easier to facilitate classes.    

2.  Google Meets Created through Classroom


    A new feature that is slated for later this year will be for Google Meets that are generated through Google Classroom.  For these Meets:

  • only students and teachers in the class will be able to join the Meet
  • all teachers in the class will have shared host controls of the Meet

3.  Emoji Reactions



    In addition to raising hands, students will be able to express themselves with emoji reactions.  The students will be able to select skin tones that best represent themselves for the emojis.  Teachers will have full control over what emojis can be used in the Meet. 

4.  Transcripts

    Teachers will be able to receive transcripts of their Google Meets.  These transcripts can be shared with students to review what was discussed in class or to maintain a record for future reference.

New Features Coming to Google Classroom

 

New Features Coming to Google Classroom


Google has just announced some exciting new features coming to Google Classroom!

1.  Rich Text Formatting

    
    Teachers and students will be able to customize their text in their Classroom posts.  Bold, italics, underline and bullets will soon be available. 



2. Originality Reports in new languages


    Originality reports will soon be available in new languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Finnish, German, Korean, Danish, Malay, and Hindi.



3.  Student Engagement Tracking

    
    Educators will be able to see statistics on how their students interact with Google Classroom including which students submitted assignments, or commented on a post on a given day.


4.  Offline Learning for Students

    
    Students will be able to start their work offline, review assignments, and write in Google Docs without an internet connection.

5. Improved pictures of homework for students    

    
    Students will be able to combine photos into a single document, rather than submitting individual files.  They will also be able to crop and rotate images and adjust the lighting on the images.  



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