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The Google for Education newsletter

Issue IX, 2018

This Just In
Our Latest Research: Tailoring Education for 21st Century Learners
Read about our latest research findings with the Economist Intelligence Unit: we surveyed 1,200 teachers and administrators in 16 countries to understand how to prepare learners for a changing economy. Researchers found that using a variety of teaching styles helps to better students’ development, that technology is best when it promotes communication, and that budget constraints are the most common barrier to innovation. Read the full post here.

Bring the Magic of Harry Potter Right to your Classroom
Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the British Library to bring the magic of Harry Potter to the classroom. This online version of a Harry Potter exhibit includes the series’ original illustrations, a history of witchcraft and wizardry, fantastical beasts, and much more. You can view over 190 items and 10 exhibits right on the Google Arts & Culture site. Step aboard the Hogwarts Express here.

The Certified Innovator 2018 Academy Dates Are Here
The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program cohort dates are now available! Join us for three days at a Google office to work with the most innovative leaders in education and tackle your challenges together. The dates are:

  • #AMS18 Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Dutch) May 30- June 1
  • #LAX18 Venice, California, USA (English) July 9-11
  • #SPA18 Madrid, Spain (Spanish) October 4-6
  • #DEN18 Copenhagen, Denmark (English) November 14-16
  • #MEX18 Mexico City, Mexico (Spanish) December 5-7

Applications require Google for Education Level 2 Certification as well as a video highlighting your history of innovation and a challenge you currently face. Learn more here.

Teacher Tools

Check out Katie Morton’s Youtube channel for accessible mental health videos for difficult conversations with students! Videos include topics like how to talk to children about school shootings and how to talk about anxiety and depression.
Trusted PD Partner, Kiker Learning, worked with Inglewood Elementary School teachers to develop a special learning journey for ESL students. Using tools like Google Slides, Expeditions, and Google Maps, ESL students were able explore their new home country and visit their old homes, then explain in English how it felt to be an ESL student in the US. Check out this video for the full story.
Administrator’s Corner
Ideas for Transformation
School leaders across the globe are implementing creative and impactful strategies to transform their schools. Check out these recent submissions to the Google for Education Transformation Center:

Are you helping to lead holistic change in your school? Share your ideas!

Engaging Families in Digital Learning
The Chromebook team has partnered with the National PTA to develop digital learning programming for parents and caregivers. During the National PTA’s “Take Your Family to School Week,” we hit the road and held pilot events at five schools across the country. Learn more here or contact us about hosting a Digital Learning event at your school!

Tips & Tricks from Educators

Using Sites and Forms for Staff Feedback
“We’ve used a combination of Sites, Forms and Sheets to provide ‘dashboards’ for our staff. Each staff member has a personal Google Site that acts as their one stop shop for CPD, monitoring and evidencing. Senior leaders can fill in a Google Form during lesson observations, which is then fed into a Google Sheet shared on the teacher’s dashboard. This allows teachers to immediately access feedback and areas for improvement. The system is very personalized – it’s replaced a system that cost several thousand pounds a year and has made big improvements to our school.” – Phil Jones, Pool Academy (@poolacademynews)
Using Slides to Create Digital Science Notebooks
“My students’ science notebooks are completely digital. I create their assignments in Google Slides and make a copy for each student. I use different graphics, including emojis, to engage the students more. After their work is submitted, I print it out on cardstock. My room is decorated with beautiful slides, and the students are motivated to turn in great work to have it hung up in the classroom.” – Robert Fischetto, JHS 131- NYC Department of Education (@mrfisch55)

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
March 28 Join our Digital Media Literacy Webinar
Tune in at 1 pm ET on March 28 for a webinar with Google for Education and Frontier on digital media literacy. The webinar will cover tips on building a strong 21st century curriculum and preparing students for jobs of the future. Register here.
Recess

See how Google and Pratham Books are helping children learn to read around the world
Google.org and StoryWeaver Help Children Read in Any Language
Educators around the world want to help children learn to read, but 40% of the world’s children don’t have access to education materials in a language they understand. To help close these gaps, Google.org gave more than $4 million to Pratham Books to create their StoryWeaver platform, a free, multilingual open source digital library. The platform includes thousands of stories in over 100 languages to help students access books in their language. Check out the YouTube video and blog post to learn more.
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