Four new ways to customize your Google Forms!

posted Sep 11, 2013, 3:41 PM by Anna Massi

From classroom pop quizzes to RSVPs for your family reunion, you can use Google Forms in tons of different ways -- which is why it's important to be able to customize each form to fit your needs. Starting today, you’ll be able to take advantage of four new features to create your perfect form: progress bars, data validation, embedded YouTube videos, and custom messages.
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More Space - 30GB shared between Drive and Gmail

posted May 14, 2013, 10:59 AM by Anna Massi

Bringing it all together for Google Apps customers: 30GB shared between Drive and Gmail

Monday, May 13, 2013

Posted by Clay Bavor, Director of Product Management, Google Apps 

Life gets a bit easier when your Google Apps products work well together -- whether that’sinserting a Drive file into an email or sharing Docs and photos from Drive on Google+. As that experience becomes seamless, having separate storage doesn’t make as much sense anymore. So over the coming weeks, you’ll get 30 GB of unified storage to use as you like between Drive and Gmail. Just as before, files created in Docs, Sheets and Slides don't count against your storage quota. Storage will also be shared with photos you upload to Google+ larger than 2048px. Read more....

Google Forms now supports embedding images!

posted May 13, 2013, 7:39 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 14, 2013, 8:47 AM by Anna Massi ]

This long awaited feature of forms has finally arrived! Alleluia! Images, graphs, charts, can now be inserted into forms to gather beter data, create effective tests, and make your forms much more interesting And it's easy...... 

Click the down arrow next to "Add Item"--- and images is now an option. (You can also find it in the "Insert" menu).

Google News - A picture of earth through time - The Timelapse Project

posted May 9, 2013, 10:48 AM by Anna Massi

Today, we're making it possible for you to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we're releasing more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an interactive time-lapse experience. We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public. 

Built from millions of satellite images and trillions of pixels, you can explore this global, zoomable time-lapse map as part of TIME's new Timelapse project. View stunning phenomena such as the sprouting of Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands, the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon and urban growth in Las Vegas from 1984 to 2012:  Read More.......

Doodle 4 Google - Time to Vote

posted May 4, 2013, 9:19 PM by Anna Massi

Doodle 4 Google is an annual program that invites K-12 students in the United States to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign our homepage logo for millions to see.

This year, we asked students to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, “My Best Day Ever…” One talented student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage, receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and a $50,000 technology grant for their school!

From all the amazing submissions we received we are now down to our finalists. Help us choose our 2013 National Winner by voting for your favorite doodles!

Google Keep

posted May 4, 2013, 9:05 PM by Anna Massi

Every day we all see, hear or think of things we need to remember. Usually we grab a pad of sticky-notes, scribble a reminder and put it on the desk, the fridge or the relevant page of a magazine. Unfortunately, if you’re like me you probably often discover that the desk, fridge or magazine wasn’t such a clever place to leave the note after’s rarely where you need it when you need it.

To solve this problem we’ve created Google Keep. With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand........Read more on the Official Google Blog

Google Power Search

posted Feb 12, 2013, 10:12 AM by Anna Massi   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 10:14 AM ]

Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.

With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they're just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.

Google Forms, Refreshed

posted Jan 31, 2013, 2:51 PM by Anna Massi

With Google Drive, you can do more than just create, store, and share stuff. A variety of apps can help with
 everything fromediting spreadsheets to signing documents electronically.Forms let you easily create questionnaires and automatically collect responses in a spreadsheet. Today a new version launches, rebuilt to bring you a faster, cleaner, and more collaborative experience. 

Now with collaboration 
Create a form faster than ever. Just as with Docs, Sheets and Slides, you can now collaborate with others in real-time. If you need to work with two colleagues on a survey, all three of you can work on the same form simultaneously and even have a group chat on the side, without leaving the form.

Better editing 
Even if you’re working solo, some new changes will make creating and editing forms easier. All your changes are auto-saved and you can quickly undo/redo edits. Improved copy-and-paste will let you copy a list of bullets from the web or multiple rows of text from a spreadsheet; then, when you paste into a form, each line will be appear as an individual answer. And you can use keyboard shortcuts to get things done more quickly. 

This update to Forms will roll out over the next few days. You can create forms directly from Google Sheets or Drive, or install the Chrome Web App for easy access from your browser. Also check the Google Drive +page all week for tips and tricks. 

Original Post - Posted by: Nick Santos, Software Engineer

Introducing the Save to Drive extension, plus enhancements to images

posted Dec 11, 2012, 11:10 AM by Anna Massi

The new Save to Drive Chrome extension gives you a few new ways to capture content from anywhere on the web and store it neatly in Drive. After you install the extension, you can click on the Drive extension icon to save:
  • an image of an entire page an image of the visible page
  • the HTML source code 
  • a Web archive (.mht) 
Or you can right-click on images or links to files and save them directly to Drive. Read more at the Google Drive Blog.

Gmail and Drive - a new way to send files

posted Dec 11, 2012, 10:56 AM by Anna Massi

Since Google Drive launched in April, millions of people have started using Drive to keep, create and share files. Starting today, it’s even easier to share with others: you can insert files from Drive directly into an email without leaving your Gmail. Have you ever tried to attach a file to an email only to find out it's too large to send? Now with Drive, you can insert files up to 10GB -- 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment. Also, because you’re sending a file stored in the cloud, all your recipients will have access to the same, most-up-to-date version. For more information Read the post on the Google Drive Blog.

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