Google Docs has had a grammar checker; however, it needed an upgrade.
On the 24th of July, Google announced that a new grammar suggestions tool is going to be added to Google Docs. The new grammar suggestions tool will automatically underline possible grammar mistakes and will alert the user with a notification in the top right corner of their screen of what is viewed as improperly written with a correction included. The user has the option to accept the correction or ignore it. If the correction is accepted, the fix will automatically be applied. Google Docs will also alert the user when the "document looks good" after all grammar mistakes are ignored or corrected. Click here for the post on Google's Blog.
The new grammar suggestions tool in Google Docs will initially be available only to those who apply for the Early Adopter Program.
If you would like to visually represent data in a spreadsheet - try using a sparkline. In the example below (GIF and 1 minute and 5-second video), you will see 2 sparklines representing homers hit between 1901-2017 and 2000-2017.
With Wikispaces shutting down the end of July 2018, you want to be sure you have exported your data.
In order o export your data select the settings gear - exports/backups - choose content (I chose HTML) and file type (ZIP) - export
You will receive an email when the export is ready to go. When I downloaded the file and opened the ZIP file, it is important to know that there are now style customizations (so it will look different).
Wikispaces created a nice set of directions to follow (in their support center) - http://helpcenter.wikispaces.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2920537-classroom-and-free-wikis
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 17 second YouTube tutorial I created.
Live Photos brings your photos to life by creating a moving image. When taking pictures on an iPhone Live Photos is on by default, to take it off select the yellow concentric circles at the top middle on your screen.
When you see your photo (see the Live watermark on top left of photo), make sure you touch the photo until there is a black background. When you see the black background take your finger and swipe up, you will then see the options for Loop and Bounce.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 5 second YouTube video.
This would be a great idea for the beginning of the year get to know you activities, writing poems/stories and see what they look like with emojis, as well as paste song lyrics and see how they look with emojis in them.
Below is an example of what the above blog post looks like using emojitranslate.
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Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 4️⃣7️⃣ 🥈 YouTube tutorial.
Classroom now has a section called "classwork" that will now appear at the top of your Google Classroom page. The Classwork section is where you'll place assignments and reference resources for your students. Teachers can organize materials according to a unit of study or topic. This is a great feature for organization!
** Not available yet** I am pretty excited about this one! The second update is the option to create and post Google Forms quizzes directly within Google Classroom. When you select "Create" in the new Classwork section you'll now see an option to make a quiz. Teachers will be able to lock them into the quiz until they submit their final responses (if using school managed Chromebooks).
Settings for editing the class description, class code, and controls over student postings will be found in one menu (select the gear).
The classwork section is streamlined and easier for students to see and post on postings.
There are also new themes available as well.
Embedded below is a 2 minute 17 second YouTube tutorial.
If you use Gboard as a keyboard on your iPhone you can easily go into settings and add different languages, keyboard settings, search settings, as well as choose your own Theme for the background of your keyboard.
select the globe in messages
choose settings gear
you will then see all the options in Gboard
This is also available if you go directly into the app on your phone
The biggest one I think is the ability to choose a theme or add your own personal picture