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Issue XVI, January 2019
This Just In
Certified Innovator Program 2019 applications now open
The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program supports educators in developing new projects for their classrooms and school districts. Members participate in a year-long mentorship program that begins with workshops called Innovator Academies where teachers, coaches, and Google experts learn from each other. Applications for the the 2019 Innovator Academies are now open.

EDU in 90 is Back
Our video series EDU in 90 is back for season four! Based on your feedback, we've kicked things off with episodes including updates on Google Classroom, computer science, and ideas from educators for using Hangouts Meet in the classroom.

Drag and drop on the Classwork page in Google Classroom
We recently launched a redesign to Google Classroom with a sleek, new look to help teachers better customize their pages. In addition, teachers can now drag and drop assignments and topics in the Classwork page. There are also new First Day trainings in the Teacher Center and our new and improved Help Center, which combines with our Community and Product forums.

Doodle for Google contest has launched
Calling all K-12 artists! The Doodle for Google contest kicked off January 8th and will close on March 18th. This year's theme is "When I grow up, I hope..." Visit for lesson plans and details on how to enter.

Teacher Tools

Sign up for the locked mode beta

Locked mode in Quizzes in Google Forms is a new way to keep students focused and distraction-free during tests and quizzes. Available only on managed Chromebooks, locked mode prevents students from navigating away from the Quiz in their Chrome browser until they submit their answers. Sign up for the beta today.

Sign up for the Gradebook beta in Google Classroom
We just launched a beta for Gradebook in Google Classroom, which provides instructors the ability to easily view and input grades across classwork and students. Instructors are able to view and customize average grades, set up weighted grade categories, and share overall performance with students. Sign up for the beta today.

Accessibility Features in Google Tools
We believe in building tools that aim to reach all learners. Ready to learn about the accessibility features built into all of our products? From visual aids to voice typing and from closed captions to screen readers, learn how to customize these settings today.

Inside Brazil’s National Museum
In collaboration with Brazil’s Ministry of Education, we launched Museu Nacional for users to rediscover the museum's collection after a fire destroyed most of it's pieces in 2018. Take your students on curated virtual tours in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

CS First + Scratch 3.0 is here!
CS First has now migrated to Scratch 3.0, which provides updated videos, materials, and a beautiful new Scratch experience for students to create their CS First projects on many different platforms.

Drive reading growth with CommonLit
CommonLit offers free, high-quality reading passages for ELA, social studies, STEM, and Spanish, allowing teachers to easily roster classes and create reading assignments via Google Classroom Coursework. Register to access 1,500+ texts, differentiation tools, and analytics.

The Poly Challenge starts now
Poly Challenge is a free math challenge for K-12 students to learn creative problem solving and computational skils, and awards classroom prizes to teams that participate. Join the Poly Challenge to solve math puzzles, as well as create and play with Poly Machines!
Administrator's Corner
Learn from Global Leaders
Curious to learn from peers who've successfully integrated technology into their schools? Listen in as leaders from across the globe share what led them to explore Google tools, and the results they've seen using them with students.

Dynamic Learning Project

The Dynamic Learning Project, a new program that helps train and mentor instructional technology coaches and their principals, is exploring ways to support more schools. If you’re looking for ways to enhance technology coaching — or any type of coaching — at your district or school, please complete this interest form to learn more:

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