New Google Drive Updates Teachers Should Know about (August 2021)

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Over the last few days Google Workspace has released a number of interesting updates to some of its services. the new added features are meant to enhance the workflow of these services and boosts users productivity. Below is a quick summary of updates that are relevant to us in education. To discover more updates visit Google Workspace Updates.

  New Google Drive updates teachers should know about

Google Sheets
New intelligent suggestions for formulas and functions in Google Sheets
As you work with your data in Google Sheets, you will now be provided with smart suggestions regarding formulas and functions based on what you type."Formula suggestions will make it easier to write new formulas accurately and help make data analysis quicker and easier. Simply begin inserting a formula in Sheets—suggestions will be automatically displayed and as you continue to type. You can view additional incremental suggestions in the drop-down menu."

Google Docs
Use Smart reply to save time replying to comments in Google Docs
Similar to Gmail's Smart reply functionality,Docs users will now be provided with relevant replies to use when replying to comments. "Smart Reply suggestions appear below the reply box on comment threads in English. You can choose a suggested reply or write your own."

Google Meet
1- Replace your background with a video in Google Meet in iOS
For those of you using Google Meet on iPhones or iPads you will now be able to replace your Meet background with a video. There are three Google made videos you can use in this regard: a classroom, a party, and a forest. 

2- Prevent Echo in Google Meet
Google Meet now automatically removes echo in Meet's video calls. When an echo is detected, Meet notifies users using a red dot on the more options button along with 'red dot on the more options button, along with a text notification. Clicking on the notification will go to our Help Center, where you can find recommended steps which can help prevent echo.'