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Issue XXIV, October 2019
This Just In
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Getting Started with Google for Education
Getting Started with Google for Education is an 8-week training program that delivers bite-size product tutorials to your inbox. Lessons take less than 15 minutes to complete and provides basic training videos to get you started with G Suite for Education. Sign up today!

Google Classroom's 5th birthday
Five years ago, the Google for Education team launched Google Classroom after a team of Googlers, including several former teachers, began spending more time with educators, and created Google Classroom. Since then, due to the thousands of pieces of feedback we've received from users across the globe, Classroom has grown to reach over 40M users, 200+ countries and include 60+ apps and integrations. 

Customize Closed Captions in Google Slides
We've added new accessibility options to closed captions in Google Slides. You can now customize captions by moving them to the top or bottom of the screen, and change the text size.

Google Forms has a Fresh New Look
Google Forms has a fresh new look. The updated design is consistent with other Google tools including Classroom and Docs. Try it out today!

See Word Count in Google Docs
In Google Docs, you can now see the word count while you type. This tool helps students with assignments that have a minimum or maximum word or page requirement. Turn on the word count tool to start counting pages, words, characters, and more. 

Improving the College Search Experience with Cameos
Cameos on Google is a new social media feature that allows colleges/universities to give students answers to top searched questions. These selfie-style videos will appear on the college or university’s knowledge panel, like this example from UC Davis. 

Teacher Tools

Catch up on the latest EDU in 90 episodes to learn more about apps for portfolios and presentations, ideas for Google Sites, and more updates.

In celebration of Media Literacy Week at the end of October, check out the new Be Internet Awesome media literacy activities to help your students evaluate what they see online. New activities can be found on the following pages of our free digital safety and citizenship curriculum: 19, 23, 48, 50, 80, 94.

Looking for ideas to celebrate this time of year in the classroom? Put a seasonal twist on CS First activities this October by teaching your students how to code a conversation between Halloween characters using the Dialogue Activity or have them tell a spooky or fall-themed story with the Storytelling lesson. 

Looking to kick-off community service projects with your class? Check out our latest Capstone Collection, which includes seven lessons to help your students complete a large-scale community project. Use these lessons to encourage your students to plan, organize, and execute a community service project to give back to their school or community.

Workbench is looking for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science teachers to participate in an upcoming pilot with Google Classroom. If you're interested in helping us improve our content offerings, join our study! 

It's Disability Awareness Month, and we're celebrating the students and educators creating inclusive classrooms that work for students with different learning needs using EdTech tools. Learn how IT specialist, Lisa Berghoff uses Google tools to help students with disabilities succeed.

WriQ automatically grades papers digitally in Google Docs and It’s faster and more accurate than traditional manual grading. Users can now load Classroom lists into WriQ and view dashboards with students’ writing progress and metrics by class. 

Districts deploying Adobe Spark licenses for the first time can more effectively create and maintain accounts with Google Federation & Sync. Your school can now also use Google SSO to sign into Spark and Creative Cloud, saving teachers & students time.

Google Arts & Culture partnered with Hambach Castle to create a Google Expedition about the birth of democracy in Germany. Explore The Hambach Fesitval in the History of Democracy, in both English & German.

Administrator's Corner

Learn about how Distinctive Schools in Chicago use Google Data Studio to visualize student progress and support teachers with data-driven insights. If you are interested in learning more, check out our partner DataViz.

Five Elements of an Effective Classroom Coaching Program
In year two of the Dynamic Learning Project, the program doubled in size to nearly 2,000 coached teachers, and through our research with Digital Promise we determined five elements of effective classroom coaching that account for much of these teachers' and schools' success. Coaching is a partnership that is personalized, sustained and content flexible, in addition to promoting active learning. Read more about these teacher-focused coaching components.

Save the Date

Get ready for another exciting year for young artists. Doodle for Google will launch in the US, this coming January 6th, 2020. Check back after the Holiday break for new lesson plans, celebrity judges, and prizes like scholarships and school tech packages.

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