News, research, and resources for the Google for Education community.
The Google for Education NEWSLETTER ISSUE XXXIII | November 2020
Three Things to Know
To support a variety of learning environments, our new Hour of Code™ lesson can be used completely offline and without a computer. Celebrate CSEdWeek (Dec. 7-13) with CS First Unplugged, a printable booklet with computational thinking activities for students.
Join Tim to catch up on the latest episodes of EDU in 90, including a two part series on security with G Suite Enterprise for Education.
Explore a cascade of helpful tips and content from Google for Education and our partners to help with the end of a challenging year of racial equity, distance learning, and the political climate.   
Product News
Get help solving equations by typing them into the Search bar or snapping a picture with Lens to get a step-by-step solution, live in English and coming soon to 70+ languages including French and Japanese. 
The Google for Education Pilot Program is looking for teachers and school leaders covering grades 6-10 who are interested in piloting two new classroom learning solutions beginning January 2021. If your school is eager to get early access to our tools in exchange for your honest feedback, please express interest!  
Available as an Android app on Chromebooks, you can also now sign into Minecraft: Education Edition with a Google account. With the right configuration and Single Sign On, it's now easy to set it up and login with your G Suite for Education account.
Learn how to deploy and manage Android apps on Chromebooks with this handy guide. IT Admins can now pre-select a collection of websites or apps from the Google Play Store in the Google Admin console and designate groups of users to receive the apps. 
Every 6 weeks, Chromebooks get the latest and greatest with automatic updates. You can keep up to date on the latest with our Chrome Enterprise release notes online or direct to your inbox.  
With the help of some of our most experienced Google for Education IT admins, we’ve put together a checklist of questions, tools, and Google Admin console settings for you to consider when preparing Chromebooks for students to use at home. 
As more Chromebooks go home with students, families want to know how they can also supervise and manage the devices. With Family Link, users can easily add a school account to easily sign in to school apps and do schoolwork at home with their parent’s supervision. Parents and guardians can approve apps from Chrome Web Store and Google Play and set per-app time limits-- all while the school's management policies are still in place.
Having trouble keeping track of all the new G Suite features? We ran a training series with 30-min sessions to explain what launched and demo how you can use them in the classroom. Check out the recordings to learn more!
Educator Resources
This guide contains themes of digital engagement, feedback, and communication in both a fully remote learning setting and a hybrid model. Explore this collection of instructional strategies, tools and platforms, best practices, templates, and other resources divided by instructional group.
New to G Suite? Register for our 8-week training program to receive training tutorials directly in your inbox. Each lesson takes less than 10 minutes and provides basic training videos to get you started with G Suite for Education.
Need help getting started with Applied Digital Skills? Check out our new video tutorials that will teach you how to explore the curriculum, test out a lesson, create a class, and more!
Extra Credit
Tis' the season where people across the world are celebrating different holidays! Join the fun and try a round of a holiday quiz in Google Earth that sends you on a festive field trip and tests your knowledge of cultural traditions.
Skyward’s SMS 2.0 now integrates with Google Classroom grade syncing abilities in real-time, saving schools valuable time. This integration helps reduce the number of tools a teacher must master and the possibility of grade entry errors. Learn more about the integration here.
'Life in Miniature' features hundreds of high definition images, videos, color your own paintings, Machine Learning to make connections across different miniature paintings, and an AR gallery in the style of Indian architecture. Explore magnificent Indian miniatures, magnified.
When schools around the world closed, students expressed themselves from home. 'Room with a View' features artworks by students from European art schools. 'The Way I See It' has artworks from 2-18 years. Be inspired to create your own response.
In collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Education & Culture, explore the heritage of Batik with over 1,000 textiles, quizzes, videos, museum tours and a downloadable lesson plan in Indonesian or English.