Google for Education June 2017 Newsletter

In this issue, learn about new digital citizenship resources, a new G Suite for Education feature to support the transition of graduating students, a new version of Google Earth, and more.

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To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions on their own. Be Internet Awesome teaches the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so kids can explore the online world with confidence. In addition to a robust curriculum for teachers, the program includes Interland, an adventure-packed online game that puts these critical lessons into hands-on practice. Access resources and help your students play their way to Internet Awesome at


We see value in bringing technology to people who want to learn, no matter the setting. That’s why we’ve opened up Google Classroom to users without G Suite for Education accounts. Now, teachers and learners in many different environments - from homeschooling to community groups - can teach or attend classes, manage assignments and instantly collaborate—all with their personal Google accounts. Schools interested in using Google Classroom should sign up for G Suite for Education.


Last month, we announced a new version of Google Earth for the web, including interactive guided tours and a new 3D button that allows you to see any place from any angle. Try it out in your Chrome browser.


Applied Digital Skills is a free computer literacy course for grades 7-12 designed to prepare students for the growing field of jobs that require basic digital skills. The program helps teachers develop students’ digital skills for future careers through computational thinking and programming skills. Access the free program at the Educator page.


Google I/O was held at the Google HQ in Mountain View, California on May 17-19. Check out all of the announcements - everything from virtual reality to Google Photos to YouTube to Google Assistant and the Actions on Google Developer Challenge.

Educator Spotlight

In 2015, the French government announced College 2016, an education reform program designed to strengthen digital skills, promote personalized learning, and foster collaboration. Liceo Franco-Mexicano, a French international school in Mexico City, adheres to the French national curriculum and explored a variety of classroom technology to help meet the goals of College 2016. Liceo Franco-Mexicano adopted Chromebooks and teachers have used G Suite for Education to unlock creativity and collaboration in their classrooms.

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Teacher's Tools

Active Listening with Chrome: Fluency Tutor makes reading aloud more engaging and satisfying for students who need extra support, and is part of our Active Listening app bundle.

Active Listening with Chrome: With Listenwise, podcasts and public radio connect students with real world topics and elevate listening skills. Get students’ attention and keep it with carefully curated content, including NPR stories. Listenwise is part of our Active Listening app bundle.

CS First, which teaches students computer science through online activities, is now available in English, German, French, and Italian - start a club today and join the fun.

Expeditions: More than 2 million students have gone on Expeditions through our Pioneer Program. At Google I/O, we announced new Augmented Reality (AR) functionality for Expeditions.

Google Classroom Tip: Plan ahead with Google Classroom by scheduling assignments, posts, and questions. And since you can edit drafted posts, you can upload weeks of assignments in advance and edit as you go. Learn more here.

G Suite for Education Tip: Use Google Forms to provide busy parents and guardians an easy alternative to calling in or writing a note to declare their student absent. Find out how here.

Administrator's Corner

We've rolled out a new G Suite for Education feature that will help graduating students with their transition. The feature allows students to copy emails and Drive files from their G Suite for Education accounts into another Google account before they leave the domain. This will enable students to easily retain their email, essays, resumes, science projects and any other files stored on Google Drive if their school removes access to their old account.


What's the next step to transform your schools? See what other schools are doing and get practical tips to learn from their success on the Google for Education Transformation Center.


As we kick off PD week, keep Accelerate PD in mind as a quick and easy professional development solution for your school or district.

Save the Date

June 5-11

Join us for PD Week
Kick off your summer by joining Google for Education for a week of professional development from June 5-11. Follow @GoogleforEdu and #GooglePDWeek on Twitter for more details.

June 25-28

Come visit us at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, TX
Visit us at booth #1718 for demos and room #214D for short sessions. Session schedule will be on our website in the next few weeks


Computer Vision is an important element of so much of the technology we use today - augmented reality, Google Photos, selfie lenses, even those yellow first down lines we see watching TV! Learn more about this exciting field as Nat and Friends digs into this topic with several Computer Vision researchers.

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