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The Google for Education newsletter

Issue III, 2017

Welcome to the Google for Education newsletter! As you’re reading through this issue, you might notice a few changes. Based on your feedback, we’ve made a few adjustments to the content, organization, and look for the newsletter.

For Back to School, we’re excited to share new Google Classroom updates, STEM app bundles, and an opportunity to explore the International Space Station. Read on to learn more.

This Just In
Back to class with Google Classroom
We’re excited to announce ten updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms to help teachers save time and stay organized. We’ve also launched a new Classroom resource hub to help teachers get started on their #FirstDayofClassroom. From short tutorials on how to get started to teacher-tested tips, the hub has everything a teacher needs to set up Classroom for the new school year.

Announcing STEM tools on Chromebooks
Designed to help students become makers and innovators, our new STEM tools app bundle is now available and includes littleBits Code Kit and Dremel 3D40 3D Printer. Learn more about the bundle here.

A New Year with CS First
Bring CS First to your school this year, and help students develop invaluable computational thinking and coding skills. This free program was designed for use in the classroom or as an enrichment activity, and no computer science background is necessary in order to facilitate. Learn how to get started today.

Coming Soon…
Introducing EDU in 90, a new video series from Google for Education.

Teacher Tools

The Adafruit team brings DIY electronics to life with hundreds of unique, open source projects you can bring to your classroom. Interested in hearing directly from engineers about electronics, kits, and other projects? Check out the ‘Ask an Engineer’ series, live every Wednesday.
Help your students read for depth this year with Actively Learn, an online literacy platform that helps teachers activate, support, and reveal student thinking. Learn more and sign up for a free account here.
Start the year off right with the Be Internet Awesomeprogram! From a free, 50-page digital citizenship and safety curriculum to an immersive web-based game, teachers can find new ways to engage students and help them make smart decisions online. To start, check out the resource hub.
Applied Digital Skills is a free curriculum designed for an in-school, self-paced blended learning environment where students practice life skills while building creative projects using Google’s Suite of apps. Explore the curriculum and create a course in time for back to school. Detailed lesson plans and student progress tracking are provided. The units can be taught in any order, or used collectively as a full-semester curriculum. Learn more about the curriculum and our educator resources.
Administrator’s Corner
OAuth Whitelisting now available
We recently released the Admin OAuth whitelisting feature to all education customers. This allows administrators to specify which third-party apps are allowed to access users’ G Suite data. Learn more here.

Deployment video series
Just getting started with Google for Education tools? Join James, Joel, and Jem to learn more about how to get set up quickly and easily. Learn how to sign up for and deploy G Suite for Education, and hear some top tips for rolling out Chromebooks in your school.

Tips & Tricks from Educators

Plan Ahead with Classroom
“At the beginning of the semester, I like to upload all assignments and posts for the coming months into Classroom as drafts. Because they’re editable, I can make changes as needed throughout the grading period.” – Michelle Williams, 9th Grade Math, Toronto
Tracking Reading with Forms
“My fourth grade students are tasked with 20 minutes of independent reading each night. Last year, I began using Google Forms to help them track and process their reading. I created a form with fields including title, author, pages read, summary, and reaction. This is helpful for me as a spot check and to evaluate where they are thriving and struggling as independent readers.” – Mike Phillips, Elementary, Dallas

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.

Save the Date
August 31 Apply for library funding today
Google is partnering with the American Library Association to build Computer Science toolkits through the Libraries Ready to Code program. Know a school or public library interested in receiving funding? Apply nowthrough August 31.
All Summer Connect with educators at upcoming PD events
There are Google for Education Summits happening across the US throughout the summer. Learn more and see the full list of dates here.
Recess

Earth as seen from the Cupola Observation Module
Take a tour inside the International Space Station
For 16 years, astronauts have been working and living on the International Space Station (ISS), a structure made up of 15 connected modules that floats 250 miles above Earth. On his last mission, Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), captured Street View imagery in zero gravity to show what the ISS looks like from the inside, and shares what it’s like to look down on Earth from outer space. Students can journey to the station via Google ExpeditionsMaps, and Google Earth Voyager, and even go behind the scenes, floating right alongside the astronauts.
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