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Google for Education
The Google for Education NEWSLETTER ISSUE XXV | November/December 2019
Three Things to Know
Chrome Browser Cloud Management (CBCM) allows administrators to manage policies and extensions for Chrome Browser on all desktop operating systems from one console. Launched in April of this year, there are already over 630,000 users leveraging CBCM.
Users who have joined the Rubrics beta program can now reuse rubrics in Google Classroom and Google Assignments. When creating an assignment, you can choose to reuse a rubric from your current class or another class you teach.
New, basic G Suite for Education trainings are hot off the press. Register to receive bite-sized, interactive video tutorials emailed to you weekly. Each lesson takes less than 15 minutes to complete and provides you with the skills to get started using G Suite in your classroom. Sign up today!
Educator Resources
This year, the CS First team created a new activity where students use their imagination to turn a real life hero into a superhero using code. Using the CS First tutorial videos available in both English and Spanish, anyone can become storytellers and programmers for the day.
Do you want to help your students build stronger resumes? Have them practice for the G Suite certification exam with these ready-to-use lessons from Applied Digital Skills. These lessons can help your students sharpen their digital collaboration skills using G Suite tools such as Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Drive.
We’re always looking for ways to improve our offerings. Join our Reference Team and we’ll reach out periodically for your opinion and help. Complete this quick survey to indicate how you’d like to participate - you can provide feedback, request a visit from a Googler, share testimonials, or do all three!
Encourage your students to author and create a book with the theme of 'A Better Future' using Book Creator, and your school could win five Chrome tablets from Acer, plus other fun prizes. Join the competition before the January 10th deadline.
Nearpod’s Add-on for Google Slides enables teachers to create lessons directly in Slides and present with the engagement functionality of Nearpod. By working with a familiar Google tool + Nearpod, teachers gain time back in their day and improve their productivity.
Slido allows you to easily launch polls to check students' understanding, collect instant feedback, and run live Q&A, right from within your Google Slides presentation. Install Slido for Google Slides - try it out for free.
Product News
Using another LMS but want to grade with Google? Try out the now live Assignments beta today. Assess originality, save frequently used feedback, and more. Check out our tutorial videos to learn our tips and tricks.
You can now create and organize multiple workspaces within your device with Virtual Desks. Students can create a different desk for each class, or educators can dedicate a desk to multiple projects or tasks.
Using captions is a quick way to include and reach all learners- whether you have students who are deaf or hard of hearing, or if you're presenting in a noisy environment. Now you can customize closed captions when presenting in Google Slides by changing the placement or the font size.
Assistive technology helps students like Grace, a fifth-grader who is blind, learn alongside her peers. Using tools like Google Classroom, her teacher created a learning environment where all students are included and can thrive together.
New creation tools in Google Earth allow you to easily create and share maps and stories about our world with friends, students or coworkers that they can view anywhere on their phone, tablet or laptop. Better yet, you can invite others to collaborate and co-author custom projects with you.
Extra Credit
We’ve launched a new course titled Getting Started with Google Sheets. The 4-5 hour course will be hosted on Coursera and is a great opportunity for faculty and staff to become experts in Sheets, covering everything from formatting to data analysis.
The Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) is in its 3rd year and the data consistently shows that participants of the DLP find that the mentorship they receive is one of the most impactful components of the program. When asked “To what extent is the mentor essential for implementing an effective coaching programs?", year 3 coaches and principals rated mentorship at 96% and 86%, respectively.
Calling all Clever users - you can now access Rivet's free reading app through your Clever dashboard! Rivet is a free app with over 3,000 leveled books that helps students practice with confidence by offering: Real-time pronunciation feedback, definition support on tricky words, and reading time tracking to meet daily reading goals.