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The Google for Education newsletter

Issue XVII, February 2019
This Just In
Explore our January Product Announcements
At BETT last month in London, we shared 13 new tools and product updates to support educators everywhere. Learn more about the tools discussed, from VR and AR, to Classroom and Earth.

Doodle for Google Closes March 18
It's not too late to enter Doodle for Google! One National Winner will win a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 technology package for their school. Head to to enter before March 18 and find classroom resources.

Sign up for the Course Kit beta
Love G Suite, but use a different learning management system (LMS)? Course Kit brings the best of G Suite and Google Classroom to your LMS of choice. If your school uses platforms like Blackboard, Canvas, or Moodle, sign up to test Course Kit in beta at

Applications open for CS Educator Grants 2019
Are you interested in bringing professional development in Computer Science to teachers or school leaders? Applications are now open for Google Educator Grants --universities, education nonprofits, and school districts are welcome to apply. Applications close: 9th March 2019.

Teacher Tools

Sign up for the new 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.

You and your students can now view and guide your own VR tours in Google Expeditions on Android. Start by visiting, create your own tour, then share to Expeditions. We've also translated our top tours into ten new languages including: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Keep students focused and distraction-free during tests and quizzes with locked mode in Quizzes in Google Forms. 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.

This micro-course is a getting started guide to coding in your classroom. The course contains videos from content experts and teachers, as well as how to guides, in one convenient page.

Looking to get started with Applied Digital Skills today? Explore teacher testimonials, getting started guides, FAQs, and use videos to inspire and support educators using the Applied Digital Skills curriculum with their students.

Applied Digital Skills has launched three new lessons for middle and high school learners: 'Start a Resume', 'Edit your Resume', and 'Create a Responsible Blog with Google Sites'.

Who needs candy when you have coding? Check out CS First's Create your own Google logo activity, specially made with Valentine's Day-themed sprites and backgrounds! It takes under an hour to complete and no CS experience is necessary to teach.

Writable was recognized by Common Sense Education with a Best EdTech of 2018 award. This tool helps teachers (grades 3-12) motivate students to become purposeful and proficient writers with 600+ easily customizable writing assignments - try a free account.

Writing Reviser by Curriculum Pathways uses AI to provide feedback on students’ written work, teaching them the principles of effective writing rather than simply correcting their mistakes. Students learn to improve their writing with greater clarity - install the Docs Add-on.

Administrator's Corner
Connecting BigQuery and Google Sheets
Working with large data sets in Sheets? The Sheets data connector for BigQuery is now avaiable for G Suite for Education customers to run queries and analyze data.

Adapting to the needs of learners with Chromebooks and G Suite
Did you know that G Suite apps come with accessibility built in? We aim to build products that help educators, school staff, and students thrive in and out of the classroom. Learn how Chromebooks are built for all students, educators, and administrators and about how to leverage these accessibility features with your students.

G Suite Enterprise for Education Expansion
G Suite Enterprise for Education is now available in ten new countries, including Canada and New Zealand.

Save the Date

March 4th - 6th

Heading to SXSW EDU 2019?

We hope to see you at SXSW EDU 2019 in Austin, Texas. Come visit us at the Hilton Austin Downtown in Room 406 for demos and sessions given by educators and Googlers.

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