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The Google for Education newsletter

Issue VIII, 2018

This Just In
New Google for Education Facebook page
We’re excited to announce another home for #GoogleEdu product updates, insights, lesson inspiration, event information, and more. Hop on over to Facebook to follow our newest channel!

Create your own Google logo for Valentine’s Day
Coding > Candy in our book! Check out CS First’s latest version of the ‘Create your own Google logo’ activity, with new Valentine’s Day-themed graphics and backgrounds. Help your students create a logo about something or someone they care about, all while learning valuable coding skills. The whole activity takes less than an hour. Start coding your logo here.

New Security Features for G Suite for Education
At the BETT show last month, we announced a new set of free features to strengthen security for G Suite for Education users including DLP, security key management and enforcement, and hosted Gmail S/MIME. Learn more here.

Catch up on EDU in 90
We’re back with season two of EDU in 90, and are kicking things off with episodes on differentiation in the classroom and the Google CS Firstprogram! Check out our series playlist for all episodes.

Celebrating Safer Internet Day with Be Internet Awesome
On February 6, we celebrated Safer Internet Day – in case you missed it, check out the Be Internet Awesome posts on our Twitter page to get inspiration on how to incorporate digital citizenship curriculum into your classroom. Learn more about Be Internet Awesome here.

Be Part of the Applied Digital Skills Pilot
Our Applied Digital Skills program is looking for schools, districts, and educators to join a pilot to test out our digital literacy curriculum. You can apply here for hands-on digital literacy support and an opportunity to help shape the curriculum for thousands of other learners. Districts, administrators, educators, and schools in the United States are welcome to apply by March 15.

Training Center awarded the ISTE Seal of Alignment
We’re excited to announce that the Google for Education Training Centerhas earned the ISTE Seal of Alignment. This seal is awarded to resources that help teachers build foundational technology skills. The Training Center offers over 70 lessons to help educators around the world improve their craft, connect with each other, and develop their skills with G Suite tools.

Teacher Tools

Videos to Help Students Dream Big for their Future
Are your students curious about their future careers and how they’ll get there? Help them dream big and prepare for the future with educational videos from Khan Academy’s Careers and Personal Finance channel.
Available in English and Spanish, ‘Preserving Maya Heritage‘ is a project from Google Arts and Culture that provides engaging stories about the ancient civilization. Learn who the Maya are today and the surprising story of their ancient language. Visit the British Museum and the ancient Mayan site, with the Expeditions VR tour and more here.
Google Earth Classroom FAQs
The Google Earth team has launched a new webpage to answer all your questions about Earth in the classroom. If you’re curious about street view imagery, how Earth relates to G Suite for Education, or where to find more technical guidance, check out the new page here.
Administrator’s Corner
Meet G Suite Enterprise for Education
We’ve heard from dozens of large institutions that they need access to more advanced tools to meet their technology needs. Whether it’s advanced data and device controls, or enterprise-grade communication capabilities, we are excited to offer an entirely new solution for these customers. G Suite Enterprise for Education will offer many of the same capabilities available to G Suite business customers in addition to future features geared towards the specific needs of educational institutions. Check it out here.

Check out the New and Improved Transformation Center
Head over to our Transformation Center website to check out the new design and content to help you manage, change, and transform your school. The new site features Google Certified Innovator projects, including topics like connecting classrooms around the world and improving school culture. With budget season approaching, you can also find resources on securing school funding. Check it out here.

Chromebook offers extended to June 30, 2018
US schools that have not yet tried Chromebooks can receive free deployment or professional development services until June 30, 2018, when purchasing at least 30 Chromebooks and Chrome Education Licenses, while quantities last. Express interest here.

US schools who are replacing existing Chromebooks and Chrome Education licenses can also receive a complimentary audit or support hours from Amplified IT until June 30, 2018. Learn more here.

Tips & Tricks from Educators

Creating Interactive Students Journals with Google Slides
“Now that my school is 1:1 with devices, I’ve switched from paper journals to interactive journals using Google Slides in my classroom. It’s much faster to grade and track my students’ understanding. I typically have students use their journals as a warmup to review previous lessons or introduce a new topic, and it’s been fun giving students a different way to share their knowledge. Paper journals were somewhat limiting, but now students can create memes or use GIFs to express themselves.” – Kathleen Mathis, Fairfax County Public Schools (@AtomicTeacha)
Bringing Students around the World with Google Photos
I recently attended the FETC conference in Orlando and shared pictures and videos of the trip with my 1st graders using Google Classroom. This way, students who have never traveled outside of Nebraska could see what I was doing on a daily basis. When I returned, I showed them even more pictures from Google Photos.” – James Reed, Southern Valley Schools (@JamesReedsv)

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
The Medfield Public School District in Medfield, Massachusetts has used G Suite for Education tools in creative new ways in their 5-year partnership with Google for Education partner EdTechTeacher. With some grades using a 1:1 Chromebook approach and others using Chromebook carts, the school has been able to try projects like digital portfolios, collaborative data collection, and virtual travel adventures. For example, students in Greg Keohan’s 6th grade geography class are completing a ‘Travel Adventure Project’ where they are using Google tools like Google My Maps, Google Flights, Google Earth, and Google Drive to research and plan a trip to a foreign country. Interested in working with one of our PD partners like EdTechTeacher? Learn more here.
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