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Google for Education : Issue V, 2017

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

Recess

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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