Friday, September 10, 2021
Google Drive updates
Below are five interesting new Google Workspace updates teachers should be aware of. These include an enhanced settings panel in Google Meet allowing users quick access to effects such as background blur and background images; the ability to restore deleted pages in Google Sites using the version history; enhanced Forms settings and more. Click on any update to learn more about it.
1- New effects settings panel in Google Meet
The new settings panel in Google Meet enables users to quickly access effects such as background blur, background images and styles during Meet calls.
2- Google Classroom audit logs
With this new update, Google Workspace for Education admins “can quickly pinpoint who did what in their domain, such as: who removed a student from a class, who archived a class on a certain date, and more.”
3- Restore a page via version history in new Google Sites
In the past, Google Sites users were only able to restore the whole page, the new update allows them to restore a specific page right from version history.”This additional functionality makes it easier to restore, edit, and re-publish specific pages that may have changed by mistake or been deleted.”
4- Forms settings are now easier to navigate
“Now you can easily customize your form or quiz settings with a more visible settings tab and an improved settings layout. “
5- Google Chat ‘Rooms’ are now ‘Spaces’
“Starting on September 8, 2021, any user who has enabled Chat in their Gmail settings will start to see the term ‘Rooms’ automatically updated to ‘Spaces’. Over the coming months, spaces will be enhanced with a number of new features such as in-line topic threading, discoverable spaces, and enhanced user roles and moderation.”
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