Tag Archives: Scheduled Release

Insert images into practice sets in Google Classroom

What’s changing

Since adding practice sets to Google Classroom in 2023, we’ve made numerous improvements such as giving teachers more control over the resources for students in practice sets and adding the option to convert Google Forms into practice sets. 

Today, we’re excited to introduce a new feature that will enable teachers to visually illustrate concepts being assessed in practice sets. Now, teachers can import images, like graphs, charts or photos, into practice sets using files from Google Drive or directly from their computer. 

In addition to image editing capabilities within practice sets, this update will be extended to the Forms conversion workflows so if a teacher imports a Form into a practice set any images you have in the Forms will also import. 


Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users 


Why you’d use it 

Including visuals in practice sets will provide students with more engaging assignments. 


Getting started 

Rollout pace 

Availability 

Available for Google Workspace: 
  • Education Plus and the Teaching & Learning Upgrade

Resources 


Google Meet now supports high definition video for meeting recording and devices

What’s changing 

Full HD video content is now available for recorded meetings 
For recorded meetings in Google Meet, we’re increasing the maximum resolution for the speaker’s video feed from 720p to 1080p. Meet already supports 1080p recordings for presented content — together, these enhancements increase viewing quality of meeting recordings. 


Sending full HD video is now available on all computers with 1080p cameras 
We’re also pleased to announce that 1080p video resolution is now available on all computers with a 1080p capable camera. 1080p resolution is off by default and requires the user to opt-in via the settings menu. Note that 1080p is only sent when recording is enabled or when one or more users have pinned the 1080p-enabled user on a screen large enough to render the 1080p video feed. In those specific scenarios, additional bandwidth will be required to send 1080p video, and Meet will automatically adjust the resolution if the device is bandwidth constrained.


Getting started

  • Admins: 
    • Video content and screen shared content in meeting recordings will be in 1080p by default. Visit the Help Center to learn more about turning Meet recording on or off for your organization.
    • Note that there is no admin control for sending 1080p video. It is off by default and requires the user to opt-in. 

Rollout pace

Availability

Full HD video for meeting recordings:
  • Available for Google Workspace:
    • Business Standard and Plus
    • Enterprise Essentials and Essentials Plus
    • Enterprise Starter, Standard, and Plus 
    • Education Plus and the Teaching & Learning Upgrade

Sending Full HD video on computers with 1080p cameras:
Available for Google Workspace
  • Business Standard and Plus
  • Enterprise Starter, Standard, and Plus
  • Education Plus and the Teaching and Learning Upgrade
  • Enterprise Essentials and Essentials Plus
  • Google One subscribers with 2TB or more storage space


Google Classroom now supports grade category and co-teacher imports from SIS partners

What’s changing

Since the beginning of this year, educators have been able to easily import students from their student information system (SIS) to Google Classroom using OneRoster. Today, we’re introducing the option for teachers to import their grade categories and co-teachers from their linked SIS. 

Once an admin establishes a connection between their district SIS and Google Classroom, teachers can manually link new or existing Google Classroom classes to their SIS, then use the connection to export grades, import students rosters, and now, import grading categories or co-teachers. 


Getting started 

Rollout pace 


Availability 

Available for Google Workspace: 
  • Education Plus and the Teaching & Learning Upgrade 

Resources

Stay on top of shared Drive files with automatic digest emails

What’s changing

We’re introducing a new feature that helps you track your shared Drive files through a new email digest. 

If you haven’t been active on Drive for 7 days and have multiple shared files that are unviewed, we’ll send you a reminder email that summarizes the files. This is particularly useful if you’re having a busy week or if you just got back to work after having time off. 

The digest email will include information about the unviewed files that were shared with you and a link to “See more activity” on the Drive Activity page. 
Stay on top of shared Drive files with automatic digest emails


Getting started 

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature. 
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default and you will automatically receive emails if you haven’t been active on Drive for 7 days and have multiple shared files that are unviewed. To adjust your settings for the email digest, go to your digest email > scroll to the footer > click on “unsubscribe here”. You can also do this by going to drive.google.com > Settings > Notifications > “Get summaries about recent files shared with you via the Drive digest". 

Rollout pace 

Availability 

  • Available to all Google Workspace customers 

Resources 

Rollout Update: framing support for Series One Desk 27 and Board 65 devices and remote controlled devices

What’s changing

We recently announced several updates related to framing options on Google Hardware devices. One of these updates was adding framing support for Series One Desk 27 and Board 65 devices, as well as remote controlled Meet hardware devices. We’d like to provide update rollout information for this feature: 

Getting started

  • Admins: There is no admin control or action required.
  • End users: Visit the Help Center to learn more about using device-based framing.

Availability

  • Available to all Google Workspace customers with Google Meet hardware devices

Resources


The Calendar API now distinguishes events created from Gmail

What’s changing

Starting May 30, 2024, the Calendar API will distinguish events created from Gmail. New and existing events from Gmail that are scheduled for a future date will:

In Google Calendar clients events from email may be rendered slightly differently to regular events and show a link back to the original email:



Google Calendar limits edits for events from email:



Additional details

If you’re using the Calendar API, we recommend the following to help avoid any disruptions in your applications:
  • Ensure that your code does not apply restricted updates to events with the type “fromGmail”.
    • Temporarily, updates on events with the type “fromGmail” are restricted to the properties reminders, colorId, visibility, status, and extendedProperties. Stay tuned to the Workspace updates blog for more information.
    • Review your code if it filters by eventType for Events.list or Events.watch. Filtering by eventType “default” will no longer return events extracted from emails.

Getting started


Rollout pace

Gemini for Workspace usage reports are now available in Admin console

What’s changing 

Starting today, we’re introducing Gemini for Workspace usage reports in the Admin console. This report gives admins an overarching view of how Gemini is being used in their organization, specifically: 
  • Assigned Gemini licenses, 
  • Active Gemini users, 
  • And the number of users who are using Gemini over time.


Gemini usage reports in the Admin console


These reports will help admins understand how many users are using Gemini features and make informed decisions about expanding Gemini further within their organizations. We plan to introduce more reporting features over time, such as the ability to filter these reports by Organizational Units and Groups.


Additional details

Admins can access these reports via admin  console under Menu > Generative AI > Gemini reports. Visit the Help Center to learn more about reviewing Gemini usage in your organization.


Getting started

Rollout pace


Availability

  • Available for Google Workspace customers with the Gemini Business and Gemini Enterprise add-ons.
We plan to introduce Gemini reports for the Gemini Education and Gemini Premium add-ons in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to the Workspace Updates blog for more information. 

Personal information cards and Contacts sidebar will now display the organization name

What’s changing

Starting May 28, 2024, the organization name and department will be displayed on personal information cards and in the Contacts sidebar. This information provides helpful context about the people you’re interacting with and displaying this additional information will help you learn more about who you’re collaborating with, and more.



Getting started

  • Admins: 
    • Admins can populate user data via the Admin console or via the Admin SDK API with the list and update commands. You can also visit the Help Center to learn more about adding information to a user’s Directory profile
    • Important note: Some customers may have set both organization name and organization department for their users, where department includes the organization name. We have notified impacted customers via email, but we recommend that you check your settings and update your users’ organization department to prevent duplicate organization names from showing. You can do this via the Admin console or via the Admin SDK API with the list and update commands.

  • End users: End users: You can view this information within Google Contacts (contacts.google.com), while hovering over a user, or from the Contacts sidebar.

Rollout pace


Availability

  • Available for all Google Workspace customers

Resources

Now generally available: Edit client-side encrypted Excel files in Google Sheets

What’s changing 

Last year, we announced in beta the ability to view and edit client-side encrypted Excel files with Google Sheets. Starting today, we’re rolling it out in general availability for select customers.



Additional details

With this release:
  • You can only view and edit .xslx Excel file types — additional Excel and tabular file types are not supported.
  • The maximum supported file size is 100MB.
  • The maximum number of cells that can be opened is 10 million.

As we continue to improve Office editing in encrypted Google Sheets, you may encounter incompatibilities for certain features. Some features are not displayed and/or editable, but will be preserved in the document and viewable in Microsoft Office. Other features may be lost or altered in the latest version of the file when it is edited in Google Sheets. You will see a notification within the document if editing will cause any features to be lost or altered.


Getting started


Rollout pace


Availability


Available for Google Workspace:
  • Enterprise Plus
  • Education Standard and Plus

Resources


Introducing audit logs for these API-based actions

What’s changing

Drive log events provide admins with visibility into their organization’s user activity in Drive. Previously, download activity for files triggered by the use of Google Workspace APIs was not visible to admins as a Drive log event. 

Today, we’re adding audit logs for these API-based actions to the security investigation tool and the audit and investigation tool to expand upon an admin’s ability to identify, triage, and take action on security and privacy issues in their domain. 


Getting started 


Rollout pace

  • This feature is now available 


Availability

Available for Google Workspace: 
  • Business Starter, Standard, Plus 
  • Enterprise Standard, Plus 
  • Essentials Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Essentials Plus 
  • Education Fundamentals, Standard, Plus, Teaching and Learning Upgrade 

Resources