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Issue XII, July/August 2018
This Just In
EDU in 90 is Back
Our YouTube series EDU in 90 is back for season three! To kick things off, we've looked at new features and functionality for Google Forms as quizzes, the Explore feature in Docs, and more.

10th Doodle 4 Google National Finalist
On Monday, June 18th, we announced the winner of the 10th year of the Doodle 4 Google contest, Sarah Gomez-Lane. Sarah will be working with the Doodle Team to transform her artwork into the first ever interactive Doodle, which will be placed on the homepage later this year! Learn more.

Optimizing Google Classroom for the Way You Work
Thanks to your feedback, we're improving how classwork is organized in Google Classroom. We're introducing the Classwork page, and improving the design with a People page and Settings page. Explore all the updates coming to Classroom, and sign up for the beta to try out the new pages before they roll out to everyone this fall!

Be Internet Awesome - Now Available in Spanish and Portuguese
Be Internet Awesome launched in Spanish as Sé genial en Internet and in Brazilian Portuguese as Seja Incrível Na Internet across the US and LATAM! Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. Learn more about the program.

Get Started with AR & VR
Interested in experimenting with AR & VR but don't know where to start? We've launched two free intro classes on Coursera to help you understand the key concepts and tools used to create AR & VR content. Enroll in the courses.

New Features in our Free Digital Skills Curriculum
The Applied Digital Skills curriculum is now even easier to use in any middle school or high school classroom. Teachers can share lessons directly to Google Classroom from our curriculum page, as well as assign multiple lessons to students in a single class! Sign in to see all the new updates to the teacher and student dashboards, and start applying practical digital skills in any subject. Start your year off with our 90-minute lesson "All About a Topic".

Explore Colleges in Search
As your students start the college search this Fall, check out Google's new college experience in Search: last month, Search rolled out its new college search experience in the US to help users explore and evaluate colleges based on cost, graduation rate, admissions, student aid, and other key information covering 4-year U.S. colleges such as UCLA or Spelman College; with expansion to 2-year colleges, programs, vocational and international institutions to follow. Learn more on our blog post.

Locked Mode in Quizzes in Google Forms
Coming this fall, teachers can lock student Chromebook screens while giving a quiz on managed Chromebooks. We hope this feature helps eliminate distractions, as locked mode prevents students from navigating away from the Quiz until they submit their answers. Available only on managed Chromebooks. Read all about this new feature in our blog.

Teacher Tools

Creativity and Chromebooks
Learn all about the many apps for creativity available on Chromebooks, from content creation, literacy and numeracy, STEAM and communication tools. Try out our 60 tools for creativity on Chromebooks.

Tour Creator
Check out the latest feedback-driven updates to Tour Creator including support for tour templates, audio, narration, & support for VR on iOS. Try Tour Creator today.

Design Updates in Google Forms
Now there are new theme customization options in Google Forms. When creating a Form or Quiz, you can choose colors, header images, and font styles that match your event or subject. Check out the new designs in Forms.

Introducing the Teacher Center
Check out our new Teacher Center, a one-stop-shop for professional development, training, classroom resources, certifications and community connections.

Order your Free CS First Kit
Elementary and middle school teachers -- start of the year with fun CS activities for your students. Whether you're looking for one-hour enrichment or a semester's worth of coding activities, CS First has ready to use video tutorials and lesson plans that you can access now, for free! Create a new class and order your materials.

10,000 Years of Volcanoes
From the soaring peaks of stratovolcanoes to the depths of calderas, volcanoes are some of the most awe-inspiring geographical features on the planet. Have your students explore a collection of over 1400 volcanoes to develop a better understanding of Earth’s active volcanoes and their eruptions during the Holocene period. Explore the Ring of Fire today.

Administrator's Corner
Ready to jam?
Test drive Jamboard and learn about the new discounted pricing for educators, or start jamming on the free companion app today. Learn more.

We've partnered with STAEDTLER, the German pencil maker, to create a Chromebook Stylus. This stylus is built to share between students and devices—no charging or pairing necessary. Learn more.

Learn about the #LAX18 Cohort of Google Certified Innovators
36 educators from around North America gathered at the Google LA office in Venice, California this month and worked for three days to solve challenges they face in their practice. Applications are currently open for the Madrid, Spain cohort, and opening soon for our Mexico City and Copenhagen cohorts in November! Learn more at

Meet the Change The Game Design Challenge Winners
Google Play's Change The Game program announced five winners to the Change The Game Design Challenge, encouraging teens to submit their game designs for the chance to win scholarships and prizes. The five winners come from across the country and will see their games come to life on the Google Play Store later this year. Learn more and stay tuned for next year's challenge.

Tips & Tricks from Educators

Publishing Newsletters with Google Drawings
“My 5th grade team has set up a template in Drawings for students to edit weekly and create a newsletter to send home to families. We also load this student newsletter to our 5th grade website. This writing for publication allows students to collaborate on one document and learn to be reflective about their learning. They tend to synthesize the information as well as think ahead to new learning that will take place. The students ‘interview’ the teacher about what the week ahead has in store for them. We have just started this powerful new practice and the students can't wait for their turn to publish the 5th grade newsletter for families. We are very happy with our decision to let the students be in charge of the newsletter this year!” - Susan Hellard, @MrsHellardFCPS

Teacher Feedback with Google Jamboard & Keep
"Use Google Jamboard and Google Keep to give students feedback. Students add teachers to a Jam. Teachers can then use built in emojis (or other Jamboard tools such as handwriting recognition and the ability to add images) to give feedback. Teachers can then save the Jam frame as an image in Google Keep. They can annotate the image further but better yet, they can use the Keep mobile app to add transcribed audio feedback. Teachers simply add students as collaborators in the Keep note to share the feedback. Further, teachers can organize notes by created Google Keep labels for each assignment and each student."
- Tom Mullaney, @tomemullaney

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Save the Date

August 17th

Applications Closing August 17th for Spain Innovator Cohort, Now Open for Copenhagen!
Want to join a cohort of 36 innovative educators in Madrid, Spain this October or in Copenhagen this November? Applications to become a Google Certified Innovator in Spain (Spanish-language only) August 17th. Apply now to become a Google for Education Certified Innovator.


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