At Dec 3rd's global online conference "Education on Air," a number of exciting new features for two groups of users in particular: the graduate and the guardian were announced that expand the use of Google tools.
First, early next year, a new feature that will enable graduating students in transition to "retain their email, essays, resumes, science projects and any other files stored on Google Drive" even if their school removes access to their old account. Inshort, students before leaving the domain will be able "to copy emails and Drive files from their G Suite for Education accounts into another Google account."
Also, administrators will have the right controls for this new feature, and can take action today by "adjusting their Admin Console settings based on how this best meets the needs of their schools, like allowing access for just one grade level."
Schools that have Takeout enabled, will have this feature enabled by default. And, should also know that "any document marked as 'No download or copy' cannot be copied to an outside account," writes Google.
Further, students that have enabled Drive sharing domain limitations will not be able to copy any documents.
For guardians, Google will no longer ask them to have a Google account in order to access to email summaries of students work in Google Classroom.
A parent who has used the Classroom email summaries for his son, says "the daily update is really helpful, not only in following up on my son's homework, but also in having a dialogue with him around what he learns."
Google and Slack deepen partnership to help teams work better together with efforts to strengthen the link between the content in Google Drive and the communication in Slack.
Google Docs and Drive were among the earliest Slack integrations and remain the most popular. In fact, a Drive file is imported in Slack approximately 60,000 times every weekday; that's a file shared every 1.4 seconds.
The partnership will focus on several new richer features including:
- Instant permissions will enable files shared in Slack immediately available to the right teammates. When a file from Google Drive is shared in a Slack channel, the system will automatically confirm that everyone in the channel has access to that file. You can easily add or remove file collaborators with a single click.
- Previews and notifications: Files shared in Slack will preview the content you need at a glance. And you'll never miss an update, since Google Drive and Docs notifications will be delivered to you in Slack.
- Slack channels + Team Drives: Team Drives keep teams in sync by creating a central place for shared content, enabled by a new group-level ownership model. Announced in September, Team Drives is currently available to early adopter customers and slated for broader release in 2017. Customers will be able to pair Team Drives and Slack channels to keep content and conversations in sync. New files uploaded to the connected Slack channel will be automatically stored in the Team Drive; relevant Team Drive updates will be shared in Slack, and the set of people with access will stay in sync between the two products.
- Provisioning Slack from G Suite: Companies that run on G Suite already run their organizations via the cloud, and soon with just a couple of clicks in the G Suite Admin console they can provision Slack for teams or the entire company.