6 New Google Drive Features Every Teacher Should Know About

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September 2 , 2015
Google released today a bunch of powerful new updates to Drive and Classroom. We have gone through these new features and created the overview below. We will also cover some of these features in separate posts to show teachers how they can use them in class. Stay tuned.

Voice Typing
Voice Typing is a speech to text feature in Google Docs that allows you to record your ideas or an entire essay without having to touch your keyboard. This functionality supports over 40 languages and can be activated from the Tools menu when using Docs in Chrome. Watch the video below to see Voice Typing in action

See New Changes
This a wonderful collaborative feature that allows you to see all the new changes added to  the Doc you are working on with your peers. You simply click on ‘ See New Changes’ and you will be able to access all the modifications added to your document.

New Forms Layouts
Google Forms has a major facelift with the introduction of colourful new themes. You can even create your own customized form using your own photo or logo. New forms lets you easily insert images and videos and include a variety of questions formats.

New templates for Docs, Sheets and Slides
Google released a new collection of templates in Docs, Sheets and Slides. You can choose from reports, portfolios, resumes and many more.

Explore in Sheets
This new feature ‘creates charts and insights automatically, so you can visualize trends and understand your data in seconds on the web or on your Android.’

Share to Classroom Chrome extension
This new feature ‘make it easy for teachers to share a website with the entire class at the same time—no matter what kind of laptop students have. Now the whole class can head to a web page together, without losing precious minutes and focus to typos.’ Watch the video below to learn more about this extension:

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