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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 g.co/cseduresearch.

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 GeoGebra.org, 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

Recess

Trek to Alaska from the comfort of your classroom

Watch Nature in Action
Discover Explore.org’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.

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