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Scott Monahan
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Husband, Father, Teacher, Camper, Backyard Rink Zamboni Driver, Google Education Trainer, Google Certified Teacher - GTAATL 2014
Husband, Father, Teacher, Camper, Backyard Rink Zamboni Driver, Google Education Trainer, Google Certified Teacher - GTAATL 2014

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Did anyone else notice that you can now use Voice Notes in Read and Write for Google? Fantastic way to give feedback!

More on this feature at https://goo.gl/81fWS1
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There it is...

Google Keep is now part of GSuite...
Capture your ideas in Keep (now part of G Suite), then bring them to life with more brainstorming room in +Google Docs.
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Google Keep being integrated into GSuite... Soon? Maybe?

I'm super excited about the integration of Google Keep for assessment purposes, but it looks like the announcement has been taken down off of the Google Blog (https://goo.gl/sQzLsv). Having Keep as part of the core set of apps in GSuite for Education means that GSuite privacy policy would apply and we would be able to keep student assessment data there (in the context of Ontario).

Using Keep would allow you to take pictures, make notes and even record conversations with students - tagging students and subjects so it's quickly easy to pull that data out of Keep when it's time to evaluate or conference with students.

Here's the link from the Google Blog that was provided on ZDNet - https://blog.google/products/g-suite/capture-ideas-google-keep-bring-them-to-life-google-docs/ - but looks like it's been taken down.

Forbes also picked up the announcement (https://goo.gl/QGfffN), so hopefully this is a real thing and formally announced soon.

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Finally, the ability to differentiate within Google Classroom! Now you can assign work to a subset of students instead of just the whole class.
Every student is unique. Use today's new #GoogleClassroom feature to assign work to individuals based on their needs. goo.gl/MueiwL
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"The pair also point to philosophy as a necessary prerequisite to understanding knowledge and learning." As with all things in life, balance is important.

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Looks like Google Sites is available in the YRDSB too! 
The new version of Google Sites is available to gmail.com users! You might already have it, open Google Drive and see if you can create a site from there. If not, you should be able to do it very soon!
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If you care at all about digital security (and you should), I can't recommend this tool enough. Especially now that password syncing is free across all of your devices (computers and mobile devices). I've used it for years and paid for the premium version, specifically to get this feature that is now free.
Here are a few things I like about it...
- works on all my devices (Windows, Mac, Chrome, Firefox, Android, iOS, etc.)
- has two factor authentication available (this means you need to have a second device - usually a phone - where another app - I use Google Authenticator - sends you another password that will only last for about 30 seconds that you need to enter before you can access your passwords)
- I only need to remember one good password now
- My other passwords can be long and random making them much more secure (in fact, I don't actually know more than 4 or 5 passwords)
- love that I can use fingerprint authentication on my iPad (I assume that would work on other devices with fingerprint ID as well)

Many more reasons can be found over on Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/tag/lastpass), which also has how-to guides and comparisons between LastPass and other password managers.

LastPass did have a breach of security in 2015, but according to most of what I've read (here's one of the harsher articles on the subject, but I thought I'd post it to be fair - https://www.wired.com/2015/06/hack-brief-password-manager-lastpass-got-breached-hard/), passwords remained secure (in most cases) and totally secure if you were using 2-factor authentication (I was). They notified all users quickly and I was asked to change my master password. It's not perfect, but it's the kind of solution recommended by people far smarter than I am.

Oh, and if you're using Chrome to save your passwords, you should know that anyone who can access your browser can read them...


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These new #GSuiteEdu features are designed to speed up & simplify the way teachers and students work, so they can focus on what’s really important—teaching and learning. https://goo.gl/nfPJXs
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Awesome updates to GSuite and Google Drive today! Teachers who have been looking to upload photos through a Google Form, there's an update for you! File Upload question type has arrived in Google Forms! It's not active on my account yet, but hopefully it will be soon. H/T to +Michael Fricano II for the heads up on the new features.

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A great day at YRDSB EdTech Camp and a great night to roast marshmallows with the family.
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