May 2015 Updates
Create, edit, and grade assignments with the Classroom mobile app
Released May 6, 2015 Share with your organization
What’s new: In January, we launched a Classroom mobile app for iOS and Android, because we knew that students were increasingly relying on mobile devices to get homework done on the go. That app has now been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. This functionality isn’t just useful for students, however. We heard from teachers that they also want to be able to keep track of their classes no matter where they are or what device they’re on. With this launch, we made that even easier with several new features.
How it works: Teachers can now...
Create and edit assignments on the go, make copies of attachments, and attach new photos to assignments.
Grade assignments from their phones or tablets, and add private comments for students.
Snap pictures to create assignments, so whiteboard photos and class notes can be posted to the stream for students who are absent and/or assigned to the class for a deeper dive.
Mobile image and table insertion on the Google Docs and Slides apps
Released May 13, 2015 Share with your organization
What’s new: New versions of the Google Docs and Slides apps for Android and iOS are now available on Google Play and the App Store. New features include:
Insert, crop and mask images
Insert and manipulate tables
All of these improvements to Docs and Slides will remain available when you’re offline. You’ll just need the updated mobile apps.
PDF viewer and performance improvements for the Drive app for Android
Released May 13, 2015 Share with your organization
A new version of the Google Drive app for Android is now available on Google Play. New features include:
PDF Viewer enhancement: see completed form data
Performance and interface improvements
Simple to Use
Released May 4, 2015 Share with your organization
What’s new: In May we announced Google+ Collections, a new way to group posts by topic.
Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for people using Google+ to organize their interests and focus areas. For Google Apps customers, collections could be used for communicating to a project team or organizing an event, allowing followers to easily access all relevant posts in one location.
How it works: Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections. Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author.
Collections is available on Android and the web now, with iOS coming later.
Check out the Help Center to learn more.
New Sign In
New sign-in experience for Google Apps accounts
Released May 1, 2015 Share with your organization
What’s new: Previously, people signed in to Google via a sign-in page that had both ‘username’ and ‘password’ fields on the same page. With this launch, we split those two fields into separate pages.
As we’ve said many times publicly, we're working towards introducing new authentication solutions that complement traditional passwords. We’ve already split the ‘username’ and ‘password’ fields onto separate pages in Android in 2014. This change to our web sign-in page is another is a step in that direction.
How it works: Ultimately, this new Google account sign-in flow will provide the following advantages:
A more personalized sign-in experience that prepares for future authentication solutions
A better user experience for SAML SSO users
Reduced confusion among people who have multiple Google accounts.
New privacy and security tools for Google Apps accounts
Released May 28, 2015 Share with your organization
What’s new: We recognize that people today are constantly connected, making control over their digital privacy and security even more important. We want to help them better use tools and settings to safeguard their data, protect their privacy, and decide what information is used to make Google services work better for them. With this in mind, we launched a single hub where people can manage their Google account data. My Account, which replaces the previous Google Account settings page, features sections dedicated to managing one’s sign-in and security settings, personal info and privacy settings, and account preferences. Below are just some of the things a person can do with My Account:
Manage the information that can be used from Search, Maps, YouTube, and other products to enhance one’s experience on Google.
Control which apps and sites are connected to one’s account.
How it works: Check out My Account at myaccount.google.com.
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