Google Classroom Updates May 2016

Screen-Shot-2016-05-11-at-3.54.27-PMGoogle has made some really nice updates to Google Classroom over the past few months. They are getting closer and closer to an ideal LMS. I’ve outlined some of my past grievances with Google Classroom, and it sounds like they are listening to feedback. Many of the issues I raised are still there, but the new additions are super helpful for many reasons.

Questions

Towards the beginning of the school year Google added “Questions” as a type of item to add to your classroom. Previously the only items that were in there were Announcements and Assignments. Questions added a nice way to give a quick formative assessment or feedback tool. It was slightly limited, but still worked. They added options now to allow for different types of questions; short answer or multiple choice. The process for creating questions is shown below:

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How to disable Google Hangouts on Menu Bar on OS X

Ever since OS X Yosemite (10.10) came out Mac users have had the option to enable a dark mode. Dark mode doesn’t do too much, but it does change the menu bar at the top of screen from a bright gray to a much darker gray. More simply, it inverts the colors so that the dark items are now the same color as the brighter areas and vise versa. For me, it is much more visually appealing and easier on the eyes. One thing that has bugged me for a long time is that there are some blank spaces on the icons that do not have a dark mode icon.

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The problem is that the icons aren’t missing, they are just the same color as the dark mode background. The biggest offender of this is Google Hangouts. Luckily, Google allows you to remove the icon entirely from the Menu Bar so that you can get rid of the ugly “missing” icons. (more…)

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