Google for Education : Issue V, 2017

posted Nov 14, 2017, 10:16 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Nov 14, 2017, 10:16 AM ]

Google for Education
The Google for Education newsletter

Issue V, 2017

Read on for updates on new G Suite for Education features, the redesigned Science Journal app, and more.

This Just In
New & Improved Google for Education Website
Introducing the new and improved Google for Education website! Now live in the U.S. and Canada, check out our redesigned site and explore new additions like the Computer Science hub, K12 and Higher Ed solution pages, and The Latest, a collection of news and insights about the education world. Let us know what you think about the new site with this three question survey.

New features in G Suite for Education
We've rolled out a number of time-saving features in G Suite for Education across Classroom, Forms, and Slides. You can now import Forms quiz grades directly into Classroom, explore new diagrams and stock images for Slides, and copy and paste poll results right into Slides.

Try Augmented Reality in your School
Want to bring your lessons to life? We’re visiting schools around the U.S. with the new Expeditions AR Pioneer Program, an augmented reality program that allows you to take your students on virtual field trips around the world. Using augmented reality technology, students can observe digital objects right in front of them students to learn about topics like the circulatory system and Ancient Rome. If you’d like us to visit your school, sign up here.

Science Journal on Android and iOS
Let your class explore the world like scientists with the Science Journal app. Students can measure real time data and record their observations in a digital notebook. The redesigned app is now available on iOS and Android with over 20 new activities from educational partners.

Hour of Code is Coming
In preparation for Hour of Code 2017, we’re launching a new activity, which allows students to bring the Google logo to life using code. Take a sneak peek with your students today and design your own fun version of our Google doodle.

Announcing Grow with Google
Last month we announced Grow with Google, a new initiative to help Americans develop the skills they need to find jobs or grow their business. As part of this effort, we will be launching a new G Suite certification to validate proficiency with tools like Drive, Gmail, Hangouts Meet, Docs, Sheets and Slides. The Applied Digital Skills curriculum is a great place to start to prepare learners for this exam.

Teacher Tools

The Origin of Everything YouTube Channel from PBS investigates the “why” behind many aspects of everyday life. The fun videos are perfect for your most curious students, or for getting students excited about learning on their own. Video topics range from history (Why is there a South and North Korea?) to pop culture (Where does the #Hashtag come from?).

Quizlet Diagrams help students see what they're learning in a whole new way. Whether you're studying human anatomy or national geography, this new feature makes studying a lot more fun. Create custom diagrams, or choose from Quizlet's premade sets.

Do you use education apps in the classroom? We’re looking for educators to profile on the Google for Education blog. Help us discover the latest and greatest educational websites and Android apps that are making an impact in your school by filling out this form.

Administrator's Corner
Empower your Educators with Google Educator Certification
Get more impact out of your Google tools for students and educators by supporting all of your teachers in becoming Google Certified. Learn how Deer Valley Middle School got 100% of their teachers to be Level 1 Certified Educators.

Complimentary Audits for Schools Replacing Chromebooks
Amplified IT is a Google for Education Premier Partner that helps schools make the most out of their Google for Education implementation. Until January 31, 2018 (or while supplies last), we're offering one complimentary Amplified IT audit or support hours to qualifying US K-12 schools replacing a minimum of 500 Chromebooks and Chrome Education licenses.

Pilot New Google for Education Features
Our team uses educator feedback to improve our products, and we’re looking for a group of teachers to use new features in products (like Google Classroom, Docs, YouTube, and Expeditions) to let us know what works and what doesn't. Eligible schools must use G Suite for Education and should have a minimum of 10 classroom teachers willing to participate in the pilot and provide feedback. Use this form to sign up.
Tips & Tricks from Educators

Bringing Math into the Real World with Google with My Maps
“I bring the world into my classroom by using Google My Maps. I drop pins around the world where students can zoom in and examine various buildings. With this new perspective, they can see the details of architectural designs and how shapes tie into the real world. Using these maps, as well as photos from Google Images, students can calculate data like surface area and volume. Then, I have them create Slides to explain how they derived their calculations.” -Yijie Liu, School of Science and Technology, Singapore (@yijie__91)

Teachers Become Students: Google Classroom for Professional Development
“We use Google Classroom at the district level to conduct our Professional Learning Communities, including New Teacher Induction. Lead teachers or district administrators serve as the ‘teacher’, while the teachers in training are the ‘students’. This structure allows teachers to be fully familiar with both sides of Google Classroom and acclimates them to the tool quickly.” -Ge-Anne Bolhuis, Whitfield County Schools (@gabolhuis)

Have a tip to share with other educators? Submit this short form to let us know your best tricks and ideas, and you might be featured in a future Google for Education newsletter or video.


Google CEO Sundar Pichai (R) meets with a Dynamic Learning Project student in Pittsburgh, PA.

Sundar Pichai visits Dynamic Learning Project Classroom in Pittsburgh
As a part of our Grow with Google announcement, Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited Langley K-8 school in Pittsburgh, PA – one of 50 middle schools participating in the pilot year of the Dynamic Learning Project. He met with a class of sixth grade students as well as local teachers, coaches, and principals. Read more.

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Skyward Educator: September 2017

posted Sep 27, 2017, 7:52 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 7:53 AM ]

Stay up to date on what's happening with Skyward products, services, and training. Work smarter with the Educator Newsletter.  


Can the Professional Development Center help you reduce employee turnover cost? Signs point to yes! Here's how you can improve onboarding, add depth to your talent lineup, and increase productivity across the organization.  



3 Handy Gradebook Tools

These simple gradebook features can have a surprising impact on teacher insight and efficiency.

Help Center

Artificial Intelligence and the
Help Center

Our initial foray into AI will play a huge role in the Qmlativ experience. Here's what it looks like.

Personalized Learning

A Different Take on
Personalized Instruction

Guest post from CEO Cliff King: The phrase “personalized learning” is often brought up in discussions about algorithms, machine learning, and app development. But that's not how this grandfather sees it.

Tech Tips

Technology Tips: September 2017

Check out this month's article for information on Chromebook buybacks, HyperDocs, Microsoft To-Do, and the featured Malware of the Month.



Skyward is now Ed-Fi certified!
We're pleased to announce our official certification on the Ed-Fi Data Standard. This commitment to interoperability will have a significant impact on the ability for teachers to glean insight from the data already being collected in Skyward.

Click here to view the announcement from CMO Ray Ackerlund.

New sales webinars announced
If you're curious about how you can get more from your Skyward solution, you may be interested in attending one of our upcoming webinars. **Note, these are not training webinars - they are informational sessions for customers who do not yet own the respective products.

Click here to view the webinar schedule through January.


September 2+2 for Educators (Google)

posted Sep 22, 2017, 6:55 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 7:13 AM ]





2+2 for Educators, September 2017

Looking for helpful videos and resources for digital citizenship and safety? Read on for more in this month’s 2+2 for Educators.





2 Things to Know for Educators



1. Teach Online Safety with Be Internet Awesome

As classroom technology usage increases, it’s important for students to be prepared to make smart decisions online. Developed in collaboration with online safety experts, Be Internet Awesome teaches the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so students can explore the online world with confidence. In addition to a robust curriculum for teachers, the program includes Interland, an adventure-packed online game that puts these critical lessons into hands-on practice. Access resources at

2. Explore EDU in 90 on YouTube

We recently launched EDU in 90, a new video series from Google for Education. Based on feedback from educators, the episodes are designed to share product news, program updates, and tutorials in a quick, concise format. Check out some of our top episodes below:

We’re planning the second season of EDU in 90 and would love your feedback on possible episode topics - share your thoughts with this short survey.






2 Resources for Educators



1. Training Center Resources for Online Safety

Looking for more resources to build your digital safety chops? Head on over to the Training Center, where we recently introduced a free Digital Citizenship and Safety course. Through interactive online content, you’ll learn fundamental lessons of digital citizenship and safety, as well as strategies for integrating them into your curriculum. Check out the full Digital Citizenship and Safety course - including lessons on savvy searching, avoiding phishing and scams, and online reputation management.

2. Tip: Use Classroom to share with large groups

Curious about sharing digital citizenship lessons and other information to large groups? Learn from Sarah Jolley (@sarahaj47), a Digital Coach and Social Studies teacher from Elko, Nevada:
“Our school has used Google Classroom as a vehicle to share important information across large groups of students. By creating a Classroom class for an entire grade (or even the entire school), we’re able to easily share student surveys, digital citizenship lessons, school announcements, videos, and other resources at scale.”

Google for Education Newsletter - Issue IV (Highlights)

posted Sep 8, 2017, 5:23 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 5:25 AM ]

Google for Education
The Google for Education newsletter

Issue IV, 2017

This Just In
Applied Digital Skills: New Lessons and Rubrics
The Applied Digital Skills program recently added new lessons plans and assessment rubrics. Additionally, Applied Digital Skills is now aligned to the state standards for ten states, with more coming soon. Explore the curriculum now.

EDU in 90 on YouTube
Want to keep tabs on the latest updates from Google for Education, but don’t have much time? Check out EDU in 90, a new video series from Google for Education. Each episode, we focus on an important topic for educators, administrators, and school leaders - things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom. Subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss an episode.

Announcing New Computer Science Research
In partnership with Gallup, Google recently released an education research brief on rural communities in the US. Our initial computer science (CS) education research explored challenges facing underrepresented populations and now we’ve expanded to include a deeper look by urbanicity in the U.S. with our research brief on rural/small-town communities. Our findings highlight that while many rural students, parents, and educators value CS and believe that it is important for students’ future careers, rural and small-town schools are less likely to have CS classes, clubs, or programs. The brief provides specific recommendations for schools in rural and small-town communities -- learn more at

Teacher Tools

Common Sense Education's YouTube channel provides educators with digital learning tools that engage students and teach them how to explore the online world in a safe, responsible, respectful way. Videos include tips on teaching with technology, lessons on digital citizenship and ways teachers can protect students’ privacy on social media.

GeoGebra allows teachers and students to explore math in a way that connects numbers, functions, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and 3D math. On, search over 800,000 free, interactive materials, and connect with educators around the world.

Available for Chromebooks, EquatIO allows students to easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Type of handwrite virtually any mathematical expression directly on your keyboard or touchpad - there’s no need for any complicated code or programming. EquatIO is compatible with Google Docs, Forms, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings.

Earlier this summer, Google Arts & Culture launched 'We Wear Culture’, looking at the history of fashion and the stories behind what we wear. From the story of the Sari in India and lace making in Switzerland; this project covers a wide range of designers, fashion icons and subjects. There are 6 Google Expedition tours to accompany the project.

As you head back to class, check out Google Classroom tips from teachers like you. Learn how they’re using Classroom to stay organized, connect with parents, and more.

Careers with Code is a free e-magazine highlighting up-and-coming opportunities where computer science overlaps with the Arts, Sports, Engineering, and other industries through 35 career pathway profiles. Check out the free e-magazine and educator resources.

Tips & Tricks from Educators

Engaging Parents and Guardians with Shared Docs
“To maximize student achievement, it’s critical to engage parents and guardians. One way I like to connect with parents is through shared Docs. My students work on dialogue journals in Google Docs, and we share these Docs with parents and guardians. That way, we enable three-way correspondence, and parents have quick context to engage in discussion with their student." - Howie Gordon, Hartuv School Israel

Formative Assessment with Google Forms
“The Google Forms quiz functionality has been useful in my classroom, especially for formative assessments. We’ll use it to help students identify their background knowledge before a unit, at the end of the unit to see how much they've learned, and before a unit test or exam to inform their studying. My students love it - this past year, 100% of my Grade 8 students felt it was helpful, so it's well worth the time.” - Nathan Gildart, Nagoya International School


Trek to Alaska from the comfort of your classroom

Watch Nature in Action
Discover’s Pearls of the Planet, the world’s leading live nature cam network, on Google Earth Voyager. Take your class on a journey in the pristine wilderness of Alaska’s Katmai National Park, the best place on the planet to watch brown bears catching salmon in the wild after a long hibernation.

Skyward Quick Hints

posted Oct 10, 2016, 10:33 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 10:33 AM ]

Skyward has been expanding their tutorials and help center.  Now they have a series of quick hint videos, categorized by district roles.  Check them out here:

Skyward - Moving Announcement

posted Mar 2, 2016, 5:14 AM by Cash Keith

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Skyward Announcement

Skyward is moving into our new World Headquarters

Skyward users,

Skyward is moving into our new World Headquarters starting on March 19, 2016. As part of the transition to our new headquarters the following systems will not be available during the times shown below.

From Friday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. Central Time to Monday, March 21st at 5:00 a.m. Central Time:

  • Corporate phone system

From Saturday, March 19th at 6:00 a.m. Central time to Monday March 21st at 5:00 a.m. Central Time:

  • Skyward email system
  • Skyward FTP site
  • Customer Access
  • SkyDoc
  • Forum
  • Professional Development Center (PDC) and Skyward Academy
  • Skyward Website ( – including release and addendum downloads

IT Services After Hours Support will remain available. Customers in need of technical assistance during this time should call (715) 498-3070. After hours support time is billable.

Please note that our phone numbers, email addresses, website URL, etc. are not changing as a result of this move. 

Our new Corporate Headquarters address is: 
Skyward, Inc.
2601 Skyward Dr.
Stevens Point, WI 54482

We appreciate your understanding as we make this transition.

To see a picture of the new facility, visit and then select “Locations.”

Thank you,

Skyward Support

RFP # 411-01-2016-999 : Chromebooks & Storage Devices for Elementary Math Classrooms

posted Oct 8, 2015, 8:42 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 8:43 AM ]

UCISD is requesting proposals for Chromebooks and storage solutions for these devices. The goal of this project is to provide a solution for these classrooms with both devices permanently installed in the classroom as well as carts for teachers to share when a full classroom set is required for instruction.

Interested vendors may download a copy of the RFP from our Business & Finance page.

Video School: A Digital Alternative to Professional Development

posted Sep 25, 2015, 12:32 PM by Cash Keith   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 12:32 PM ]

Published on Sep 8, 2015

Digital media is playing a larger role in education than ever before. Our Video School series is meant to shine a spotlight on all of the innovative uses for video, from the district office to the classroom and beyond.

Skyward Newsletter : Video in PD

Google for Education Newsletter

posted Sep 18, 2015, 1:57 PM by Cash Keith   [ updated Sep 18, 2015, 1:59 PM ]

Welcome to the Google for Education Newsletter
It’s Back to School for many students and teachers around the world. To help you get your year off to a good start, we’ve packed this newsletter with many tips and tools. You’ve told us that you want more ideas for class, so now every newsletter will have an expanded “Teacher tools” section. Thank you for your feedback and have a great start to the 2015-16 school year.

This Just In
Tune in for the Google Science Fair Awards Ceremony
Find out the winners of the 2015 Google Science Fair on September 21st during theAwards Celebration live stream. From transporting Ebola vaccines to detecting early cardiac disease, the projects of the global finalists will surely change the world.
Because 50 tips wasn't enough
Going back to school can be hectic. Check out these 55 useful Google Docs tips to help you save time and get your classes off to a great start.
What's up with the new logo?
See how the Google logo has changed over the years and why a little design refresh was in order. Read the blog post for the full story.
Some of the most requested updates to Classroom
Classroom's latest update includes new ways to host a Q&A in your class stream, the ability to reuse old assignments, the ability to bump posts to the top of class streams, and more. Check out the details here and thanks for your continued feedback.
Educator Spotlight
What do you think that chapter sounds like?

What if reading and writing could be just as engaging to your students as listening to the latest pop song? Kate Baker, 17 year English teacher at Southern Regional High School in New Jersey, is using tech to get her students thinking more deeply about the words on the page. Students in Mrs. Baker’s classroom use an app called Booktrack Classroom to layer sound effects and background music over a piece of writing. The music and sound teaches students to reflect on their writing styles, analyze author’s purpose and tell their story more creatively.

“Understanding how to make writing flow can be difficult for students as they try to get their thoughts on the page. But when they layer in sounds and music, listening to the flow of their ideas, they start thinking like artists, crafting their writing. Students also have trouble detecting tone in a text, but with Booktrack Classroom, the tone is immediately evident when listening to the sounds/music added to the text. It’s the only tool that I’ve found that helps students connect with author purpose and tone in writing.”
kate baker classroom

Students in Kate Baker's English class mix sounds and music together with writing

Teacher's Tools
youtube icon
 SciShow is a YouTube channel that discusses science news, history and concepts. With equal parts skepticism and enthusiasm, they go a little deeper on popular science topics.
youtube iconCrashCourse- CrashCourse provides educational videos aimed at secondary students. Playlists for past courses include Astronomy. World History, Biology, Literature, Ecology, Chemistry, Psychology and US History.
classroom icon
Every student on the same page-
 Save class time navigating to websites with the new Share to Classroom extension. “Push” a web link to your class and voila, the Chrome extension opens the page immediately on every student’s device.
the connectory
Get Connected-
 Find great STEM learning opportunities for students at The Connectory. Browse programs and resources by age and type to find just the right fit.
cs first iconComputer Science & Google, all together- Now you can see Google’s tools and programs for computer science education all in one place. Browse the new CS website to find the latest Google resources and programs.
mic iconLet your voice do the heavy lifting- Google Docs gets an upgrade with voice typing, a new feature that lets you or your students dictate everything from a new assignment to the rough draft for their latest English essay.
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Research tool in Docs for Android-
 Writing papers just got a lot more convenient with the Research tool that allows you to search Google without even leaving the Google Docs Android app.
forms logo
Forms have a new look-
 Easily insert images, GIFs, or videos, and choose from some of the great new themes. See all the new updates to Google Forms.
sheets logoEasy charts & insights- Explore in sheets helps you spend less time deciphering your data and more time sharing insights. Explore automatically creates charts and visualizes trends right within your spreadsheet.
Get the ground level tour
A whole lot more Street View
Explore further with new Google Street View app. You and your students can add photos to the user-contributed photo spheres. They can add photos of their community or go to the library and (virtually) explore locations around the world.
Administrator's Corner
New Youtube settings for Google Apps domains- There are tons of educational videos on YouTube, but there’s also content that an organization or school might not consider acceptable. To address this, we’ve launched YouTube settings for all Google Apps domains. This feature gives Apps admins the ability to restrict the YouTube videos viewable for signed-in users, as well as signed-out users on networks managed by the admin. In addition to a default corpus of algorithmically restricted videos, delegated “approvers” can add videos to their domain-specific whitelist. No algorithm is perfect; if a user finds content they deem inappropriate, they can flag it. Admins can give “unrestricted” access to any users they want to have unlimited access to YouTube content. Like YouTube, these settings are an additional service, not a core feature of Google Apps. Visit the help center to learn more.
A leaner, faster Chrome browser- Several recent adjustments allow the Chrome browser to work faster and with less memory, including more efficient tab restoration and smarter management of idle web apps. Learn more about how the new Chrome saves 15% more battery and reduces memory usage by an average 10%.
New features and look for Google Apps Admin mobile app- We recently streamlined some of the most popular admin experiences, integrating admin actions with mobile communications and introducing a new look and feel. Learn more.
Save the Date
Live: Google Science Fair Awards
Find out which projects take home the top prizes from the Google Science Fair 2015. The final event will stream live from Google in California at 7 PM PTSee the finalists' projects and RSVP.
9/25 - 10/2
Take part in the World's Largest Lesson
In honor of the UN adopting the new Global Goals join teachers around the world who are taking part in the World’s Largest Lesson. The site contains teachers’ guides, lesson ideas and info on the goals.
Now - 9/30
Computational Thinking (CT) online course
Want to learn more about how to enhance your teaching practices, regardless of subject, and improve student learning by thinking computationally? Sign up for Google’s free online course on CT now.
Summits featuring Google for Education
Throughout the year Google for Education Certified Trainers lead many live Summits to help you use technology for teaching and learning. See if one is coming to a town near you.
Check out what happens when code and fashion come together. Check out the full #dressedincode story.
P.S. Don't forget to check out...
Walk alongside the elephants
For the first time, Street View imagery is available for Kenya, including views of these amazing African creatures. Explore the Samburu National Reserve in this Street View Trek.

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eBackpack - Latest Updates

posted Sep 17, 2015, 6:59 AM by Cash Keith   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 7:00 AM ]

Enhancements & New Features 

  • State Standards Tagging! We're excited to announce that teachers can now tag assignments & assessments according to state and district standards. We've made it a simple and streamlined process allowing your school or district to align to any standard you need. Outcomes and reporting coming this fall! 
  • Translation Support - eBackpack now supports translation for over 90 languages! We're doing everything we can to make our LMS accessible to every student. 
  • Threaded Discussions - Teachers and students can now reply to individual comments on class or assignment discussions and moderate by deleting specific comments or entire threads.
  • Assignment Archiving -  Our new Assignment Archiving feature allows teachers to keep assignments that have been completed but hide them from the folder tree. It works similarly to our Delete feature; simply click on the assignment and choose Archive from your action drop-down box. This will hold it in your Archives until you're ready to use it again. You can also archive and access archived assignments from your Assignments page. Our Knowledge Base article includes further details. 

Note for our iOS users: Be sure to keep up with your eBackpack app updates! We support the two latest versions of the app - if you attempt to use any earlier versions, you may be unable to access your eBackpack account. 

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