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May112018

Quizzes in Google Forms Smarter With Six ML Improvements, Google Cloud & G Suite GDPR Ready

Google is highlighting its supports to teachers by releasing six time saving improvements leveraging machine learning (ML) to Quizzes in Google Forms, which are based on the feedback from the teaching community right in the Teacher Appreciation Week.

Here are the highlights of new features for Quizzes in Google Forms:

Quiz Answer Suggestions
Powered by ML, Google Forms is capable of predicting correct answer as the question being typed—as an example, for a pop quiz on U.S. captials, Forms will now predit all the right capitals for every single state with some curveballs, like Charlotte Amalie and San Juan. It also now provide options for wrong answers.

Animation below shows Forms suggesting a correct answer:

Correct Answer Suggestion in Google Forms

Autocompleting Answers
ML is also helping Forms with predictive analysis as a teacher start typing an answer, Forms will now propose related answers and will autocomplete all reamining answers. This feature is accessible in 14 languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, German and Arabic.

Here is a GIF demonstraitng autocomplete answers:

Autocomplete answers in Google Forms

Automatic Grade Checkbox and Multiple Choice Grid Questions
For grading quizzes, Google added an ability to denote correct answers in answer key in the checkbox grid and multiple choice grid-style questions. Completed quizzes will be automatically assigned points based on answers. “Previously, there was a lot of repetition for teachers trying to ask these types of questions. But this [feature] saves time, collects all the data in a sheet in a way that’s really smart, and gives teachers full control over grading,” says Webb.

A GIF shows automatically grade checkbox and multiple choice grid questions:

Automatically grade checkbox and multiple choice grid questions in Google Forms

Decimal Grading
Like on a paper quiz, Forms now have the ability to give partial credit if an answer is partially correct. Like other grades, these new grades can also automatically added up and can be synced with Google Classroom.

Feeback with YouTube Video
Teachers can now give customized feedback to students by attaching a YouTube video, so they can review material on their own.

See the animatuin below of YouTube video feedback:

Google Forms YouTube Video Feedback

See Total Number of Points
Google is also enalbing teachers to quickly reference the total number of points in a quiz as they’re editing with the newly added “tally of points” at the top of the quiz that continuously updates as questions are created or edited.

All the above machine learning-powered updates are rolling out over the next couple weeks.

In other Google news today, Google at its I/O announced “Morse Code on Gboard” for people who uses Morse code to easily communicate. It’s currently available only in the public beta version of Gboard. To get the beta and to learn more how to type using Morse code on Gboard, head over to g.co/morse.

Morese code on Gboard for Android will roll out more widely in the coming weeks.

“International Morse Code encodes ISO basic Latin alphabet, some extra Latin letters, Arabic numerals and a small set of punctuation and procedural signals (prosigns) as standardized sequences of short and long signals called “dots” and “dashes”, or “dits” and “dahs”, as in amateur radio practice.”

YouTube Live Automatic Captions
Google has begun rolling out automatic captions to live streams in YouTube for English speaking users. With this feature, creators can quickly and inexpensively make their live streams accessible to more people.

The feature was first announced in February, but it’s begin rolling out .

“With our speech recognition (LASR) technology, you’ll get captions with error rates and latency approaching industry standards,” stated Google.

Google has also announced the GDPR compliance across its G Suite and Google Cloud Platform ensuring customers can confidently use cloud services once GDPR takes effect on May 25.

Here are highlights of some key points to assist you along GDPR journey:

Data Processing Terms
All existing G Suite and Google Cloud customers will start receiving notification about the new data processing terms updated to address GDPR. You can also opt-in to new terms by following these instructions for G Suite and Google Cloud Platform.

Data Portability
To meet GDPR’s other assertion a “right to data portability” Google introduced an enhanced data export feature enabling customers to download securely and easily copy of their business’ data from G Suite and Cloud Identity services.

To address EU’s data protection laws, G Suite and GCP are certified under Privacy Shield and offer model contract clauses affirming that G Suite and GCP legally meet frame transfers of data from the EU to the rest of the world.

Data Incident Notification
Hundreds of Google engineers across the globe provide customers around incident notification and the updated terms now reflect notification timelines for processors put forth in Article 33 of the GDPR.

Solution like, encryption at rest by default, sensitive data classification, discovery, monitoring, and de-identification through Cloud Data Loss Prevention (DLP) API helps customers to keep their sensitive data confidential, available and resilient wherever it resides.

Additional, notifications and audit log make customers aware about a support or engineering teams interaction with their data and system configurations.

G Suite and Google Cloud Platform are resularly assessed and evaluated via third-party audits and certifications such as ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018 along with other third-party audits such as SOC1, SOC2, and SOC3, cover numerous services within Google Cloud.

Educational resources related to GDPR including white papers, videos, and other useful information is availble on GDPR Resource Center. Google will also offer presentations, workshops, and opportunities for customers to connect with compliance team during global Cloud Summit and Cloud Next events throughout the year.

For more detailed information on GDPR complicance, head over to the GDPR Resource Center here.

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