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The Google for Education newsletter

Issue VI, 2017

Read on for exciting announcements about Computer Science Education Week, Chromebook offers, and more as we round out 2017.

This Just In
Happy CSEd Week!
This week, (December 4-10) officially marks Computer Science Education Week, an exciting week for educators and students to try coding for the first time. Students can create an interactive Google Doodle, code their own version of the Google logo, or get in the holiday spirit with the Holiday Emoji project! Starting this week, school districts and other educational nonprofits can apply for CS professional development grants.

Check Out New EDU in 90 Episodes
Head over to the Google for Education YouTube channel for new EDU in 90 episodes on quizzes with Google Forms and Google Keep in the classroom. These fun, bite-sized videos will fill you in on the latest products, programs, and classroom resources from Google.

Computer Science Hits the Basketball Court
Who says athletes can’t code? Google’s CS Education team paired up with the NBA to host “Tech Slam,” an event with Golden State Warriors champions Andre Igoudala and JaVale McGee. At the event, hundreds of local Bay Area students gathered to chat about CS in sports. also announced a $1M grant to the “Hidden Genius Project,” an organization working to increase the representation of black male youth in tech. You can get your students involved in the intersection of sports and CS today with our sports-themed CS First project.

Teacher Tools

The Epic Reads YouTube Channel from HarperCollins Publishers is the perfect place to get your students excited about reading. The channel’s enthusiastic hosts review books, interview authors, and celebrate being “book nerds.”

For Google Classroom users with curriculum docs in a shared Drive, Classroom now makes copies of files as you assign them.Learn more here.

Fluency Tutor allows students to record themselves reading aloud, so they can become more confident readers. Students can record assigned passages on their own, then share them with teachers who can track progress over time. This is a great tool for emerging readers or ELL students.

Edulastic syncs with Google Classroom to simplify assignments and grading. Choose from more than 20,000 standards-aligned questions or create your own to share within your colleagues. It’s all free for teachers here.

Administrator's Corner
Announcing Chromebook Pilot Offers
For a limited time, U.S. schools that have not yet tried Chromebooks can receive free deployment or professional development services when purchasing at least 30 Chromebooks and Chrome Education Licenses. Sign up here.

For new or existing Chromebook users, we're also offering a discounted pilot kit of the latest 2017 Chromebooks (with licenses). The bundle includes Go Guardian teacher admin licenses, Level 1 certification vouchers, and creative app bundle licenses. Check out this info sheet to learn more.

Certify Your Pre-Service Teachers with Tech Skills
Help your newest teachers prepare for new generation of learners. We’re partnering with university teacher programs to inspire future educators to transform their classrooms with technology. Sign up for pre-service educator training here.
Tips & Tricks from Educators

Emoji Essay Writing
“I use Google Docs as a fun way to engage students when we’re writing essays. I’ll have them generate 5-10 emojis. For example, we generate several random emojis here, then paste them on to Google Docs. Then, students use these emojis as starting points to craft their stories and ultimately share them with the class via Google Classroom.” -Laura Lavery, Poplar Grove Middle School (@fssdPGMSLavery)

Using Google Drawing to Get Students Excited for New Units
“I use Google Drawings to create banners representing the themes for new units with my students. We work on the banner together, then upload it as a new banner in Google Classroom. Then, below the banner I include a link to the Google Drawing in the current unit materials so students can click on it to see more details. This is a fun way to get students excited for a new unit and represent concepts visually.” -Jody Leonard, Eastmont High School (@jodytracy)

Using Chrome Extensions to Build Good Citation Habits
“I’ll often use Chrome extensions to help students build good habits of academic honesty and to encourage thoroughness with citations. For example, I use Chrome extensions to help students create quick and easy MLA citations.” -Nathan Gildart, Nagoya International School (@nathangildart)

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

December 2017- Early 2018

Grow with Google
The Grow with Google tour has kicked off, and may be coming to a city near you! The tour brings useful tools and trainings to educators and administrators across the country. Check out future tour stops here.

December 16

Join our Live Computer Science Summit
We’re excited to bring “Building Pathways to Teaching Computer Science,” an online professional development summit for K12 educators to our YouTube Channel. Educators, CS education leaders, and professional development providers will come together to share their expertise during this live event. To tune in, head to the Google for Education YouTube channel at 10 a.m. PST on December 16.


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Visit Polar Bears Live from your Classroom

Ever dream of seeing a polar bear up-close? With, the world's leading live nature cam network, you can visit the tundra right from your classroom. Your journey starts here, in polar bear country in the Canadian Subarctic.

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