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The Google for Education newsletter

Issue VII, 2018

Happy New Year from all of us on the Google for Education team! We know you count on Google for Education in your classrooms, and we take that responsibility seriously. We remain deeply committed to bringing the best of Google to education and to expanding learning for everyone. As we look to the year ahead, we’re looking back on our 17 favorite moments of 2017.
This Just In
The Doodle 4 Google Contest is Now Open
It’s time to put your students’ imaginations to work, because the Doodle 4 Google contest is now open. This year’s contest is open to K-12 students until March 2 with the theme “What inspires you?” We’ll feature the winning doodle on the Google homepage! Prizes include college scholarships, a behind the scenes experience with the Google Doodle team, and a $50,000 Google for Education technology package for the winner’s school. Submit your doodles here.

CS Educator Grants Applications are Open
Our CS educator PD grant applications are now open to school districts, universities, and education nonprofits around the world for the 2018-2019 school year! This year we’re celebrating the program’s 10th anniversary by offering funding for even more educators. Applications now include PD funding for primary, secondary, and middle school teachers, as well as teachers who are still in school. Read more here.

Tackling the “Homework Gap” with the National AfterSchool Association
Teachers are assigning more and more homework that requires the Internet, but millions of students—especially those from low-income and rural communities—don’t have Internet access at home. That’s why Google is partnering with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to fund programs working to close this “homework gap.” Google’s $500,000 grant will fund research and resource development for programs supporting millions of students in underserved communities. Read more here.

Coming to a Classroom Near You
Which sounds more exciting: reading about genetics in a science textbook or staring directly at a strand of DNA? With the Google Expeditions augmented reality (AR) program, you can bring lessons to life in the classroom. Take your students on a journey to explore the eye of a hurricane or watch virtual volcanoes explode right on their desks. For a limited time, the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program is traveling the country to give teachers and students a sneak peek into these AR educational tools. Learn more and sign up for a visit here.

Check out the New Certification Platform
Our certification platform now includes an updated user interface and several new features for our Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 exams. Even if you’ve already taken the exams, you can revisit the exam platform to view your certification history, refer a friend, or download a letter from our team to your principal. Log in here.

Teacher Tools

Discover your Favorite new Educational YouTube Channel
Looking for a new educational channel for your students in 2018? This YouTube playlist from We Create Edu has videos from dozens of up-and-coming educators. The playlist includes videos on a variety of subjects including biology, pop culture, and history, so there’s something for every type of educator.
Flat is a cloud-based software that allows music students to collaborate together in real time. Students can work on the same composition from any device, including Chromebooks and tablets. Use it seamlessly with Google Classroom to create your music education assignments and worksheets.
Securly has rolled out free protection for all Chromebooks with a cloud-based web filter that helps administrators design a more age-appropriate Internet. The filter includes self-harm and bullying detection on social media, as well as delegated admin features. Make your Chromebooks safer here.
Get all your Google Earth Questions Answered
The Google Earth team 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
Transformation Center Framework
As you’re starting off 2018 and prioritizing new initiatives for you school, you might consider exploring our Transformation Center Framework. The framework includes seven elements of transformation along with actionable ideas from Google schools and districts. Doing something awesome in your school or district? Share your ideas with us here.

Our latest Chromebook Offers
US schools that have not yet tried Chromebooks can receive free deployment or professional development services until January 31, 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 January 31, 2018. Learn more here.

Tips & Tricks from Educators

Creating Digital Storybooks with Google Slides
“I use Google Slides with students to create digital storybooks. We create the text and visuals on Google Slides, and then use the Screencastify extension to screencast the slideshow while reading the text!” -Allie Schultze, Baldwin County Public Schools (@AllieBCBE)
Using Docs to Modify Lessons for all Learners
“As a Special Education Teacher with an ELL Background, I use Google Docs and Read&Write to modify lessons for my students with developmental disabilities or ELL students. For example, I revised a science experiment as a reading opportunity by placing images next to scientific words like ‘hypothesis.’” -Yunjung (Sylvia) Oh, York Region District School Board (@sylviaoh1208)

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

Andrew Huang, experimental musician and YouTuber
Curious about Machine Learning? Love listening to music? Join Nat & Friends to hear about Project Magenta, a research initiative that’s all about using machine learning to create artistic tools.
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