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The Google for Education newsletter

Issue XIV, October / November 2018

G Suite Product Launches & Updates
We’ve had a busy start to the school year, and are sharing tons of product news. You can now use closed captions in Google Slides, and use hanging indents and set specific indentations using a dialog box in Google Docs. Jamboard is now available on the web, where you can open, create and jam right from a Chrome browser, and also share ‘View Only’ jams, and assign through Classroom.

New EDU in 90 Episodes
Don’t miss the latest episodes of the Google for Education video series, EDU in 90. Learn about Google Drawings for the classroom, Chromebook shortcuts, Google Classroom updates, and more.

ChromeOS and G Suite Accessibility
Educators use technology to help students succeed. Google for Education strives to support teachers, and one of the ways we are doing that is through built-in accessibility features in our products that aim to assist the diverse needs of all students. Read the full blog post for an overview of a few useful accessibility settings.

Science Journal Drive integration
Google’s Science Journal is integrating with Google Drive. Now, all experiments will be accessible through user’s accounts. New to Science Journal? Watch as it transforms your device into a pocket-size science tool that encourages students to explore their world.

Google Science Fair is now open for submissions
Encourage your students to share their ideas to solve a real-world problem using science, technology, engineering and math – now through December 12th. This year, we have created a full library of teaching resources and classroom materials focused on the problem-solving process to help you & your students through every step of the process.

Code Next
Code Next by Google, a new program designed to create the next generation of black and Latinx tech leaders, has officially gone public. Get updates from this free computer science education program for high schoolers, gain early access to the curriculum, and see how you can get involved by checking out our new website.

New Research About the Power of Technology Coaching
It’s been one year since we worked with non-profit Digital Promise to launch the Dynamic Learning Project — a program that supports high-need schools across the country as they build and grow instructional technology coaching programs. Now, we’re excited to share the Dynamic Learning Project’s first report.

Student Selector in Google Classroom
From popsicle sticks to notecards, instructors encourage class participation in creative ways. Now Google Classroom can help, too – use the student selector on Android devices to randomly call on students & ensure everyone has a fair opportunity to share.

Celebrate CSEdWeek 2018 with CS First
Try an Hour of Code for this year’s Computer Science Education Week with Google! The CS First team is excited for educators and students to try our new activity, “An Unusual Discovery.”

DonorsChoose.org & Applied Digital Skills
Middle and High school teachers, don’t miss this opportunity to earn $300 for your classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org by teaching Applied Digital Skills. Check out the curriculum for free digital skills lessons, and sign up to teach by November 16th. If you already use and love Applied Digital Skills lessons, refer a new teacher to earn $100 in funding!

DonorsChoose.org & Be Internet Awesome
Participate in the Be Internet Awesome program with your students and receive a $100 DonorsChoose.org gift code. And, if you refer your colleagues, you’ll earn up to three additional $50 gift codes when they participate in Be Internet Awesome, too.

Free Trial: Acer Chromebook Tab 10
US schools can now apply to get a trial Acer Chromebook Tab 10. This tablet is a lightweight, touch-first device that comes with an EMR stylus, AR functionality, and runs on the same Chrome platform educators know and love.

Teacher Notable Women with Augmented Reality
Bring Notable Women to your classroom this year with a new augmented reality experiment by former Treasurer of the US Rosie Rios and Google Creative Lab, which lets anyone see historic American women where they’ve historically been left out: U.S. currency. Notable Women includes dedicated resources for teachers, including Common Core aligned lesson plans, classroom posters, and more.

Bulletin: a new product from Google
Have a cool robotics competition going on? In the race for state soccer? You can now share updates in real-time with Bulletin from Google, an effortless way to create & publish public hyperlocal stories, right from your phone & straight to the web.

Instantly create Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites or Forms with .new
Introducing a .new time-saving trick for users. Type any of these .new domains to instantly create Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites or Forms.

Get Chromebooks and PD for your Faculty
Chromebooks aren’t just for students! For a limited time, we are running a promotion for districts that want to leverage Chromebooks as their faculty devices — on-demand PD and Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam Vouchers are included.

Introducing the WeVideo Digital Storytelling Toolkit
This school year, bring more student storytelling into your classroom. WeVideo just launched a free digital storytelling toolkit, which includes a series of video project ideas, graphic organizers, and rubrics to help educators get started.

Jamboard Seeder program
If you’re interested in trying out a Jamboard device in your classroom, you can apply for the Jamboard Learning Space Transformation program. Continental U.S. based G Suite for Education customers can submit a proposal on how you’ll transform your learning space with Jamboard.

Tynker & Google Webinar Series: Nov 6-29
Tynker is hosting a free webinar series for educators who use Chromebooks in their classrooms to demonstrate how easily coding can be taught with Tynker and Google tools with more than 35 coding activities for students.

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