Google for Education
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In the last few months Google for Education has released many new tools, products and programs for educators and students. Learn more in this edition.

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Register for Education on Air
Education on Air, the free online conference, is back. Join us December 3rd to learn with educators from around the world, from the comfort of your own home. Choose from the over 100 sessions for teachers and administrators on topics ranging from empowering students to teaching computer science to managing a successful Chromebook rollout. Even if you can’t join live, we’ll keep you in the know. Register today.

A new name for Google Apps: G Suite
G Suite for Education is the same set of apps that you know and love—Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more— but designed with new intelligent features that make work easier and bring teachers and students together. Learn more about the new name and features.

New Certified Trainer program
Recently we announced the launch of the new and improved Google for Education Certified Trainer Program. The program aims to equip people to provide training and support to teachers using Google tools to transform their classrooms. If you'd like to become a Certified Trainer apply.

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Expeditions kits available in the US
With Google Expeditions virtual reality kits powered by Best Buy Education, teachers can take students on over 200 virtual reality field trips without leaving the classroom. Schools can purchase kits for 10, 20 or 30 students or build their own custom option. Learn about the kits.
Chromebooks for families
Now that school has settled in, you might be getting questions from parents and guardians who are considering Chromebooks for their families. They can check out the new Chromebooks for families webpage, which has information to answer common questions.
Doodle 4 Google
K-12 artists are invited to doodle what they see for the future for this year's Doodle 4 Google contest! The winner will receive a $30K college scholarship, a $50K Technology award for their school or non-profit, and their artwork will be featured as a doodle on Google's homepage. Request Doodle 4 Google activity kit(s) for your school, fill out this form by November 15th, 2016 or have students enter the contest at google.com/doodle4google.
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Technovation Challenge 2017
Made with Code is joining forces with Iridescent and UN Women to support the launch of the Technovation Challenge 2017, which gives girls the opportunity to build their own apps that tackle the real-life issues they see around them. Teen girls can choose an issue they are passionate about, follow the online curriculum, form a team and come up with an idea to solve the problem. Teachers, parents, community leaders or other adults are invited to serve as mentors to support the teams of girls participating in the program. Learn more about Code for Change.
Educator Spotlight
It takes a teacher: Matt Martin
For Matt Martin, a chemistry teacher at San Diego’s High Tech High, teaching has always been about sharing his passion for science and discovery. Matt knew early in life that teaching would be the best way he could inspire others to experiment, solve problems and explore their natural curiosity. Matt shared with us how he fuels students’ excitement for science by emphasizing experiential projects and self-reliance in problem solving. Read the blog post.

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Teacher's Tools
3 secrets to Chromebook success from teachers
Four years ago the Council Bluffs, Leyden, Fond Du Lac and Richland Two school districts gave each incoming ninth-grader a Chromebook to use in class and at home as part of a 1:1 program. Four years later we asked the teachers and administrators from each of these schools to share their tips for how to be successful introducing Chromebooks. Check out the tips.
4 time-saving features in G Suite
Recently we announced new time-saving features to Docs, Sheets and Slides designed to speed up and simplify the way teachers and students work, so they can focus on what’s really important—teaching and learning. See the new features.
Add images to questions and answers in Google Forms
Google Forms makes it easy to create, distribute, and analyze surveys. Now you can craft even more effective forms by inserting images into survey questions or adding images as multiple choice or checkbox options in Forms on the web. Learn more.
Help us make lesson plans to explore the National Parks
The National Parks just celebrated their 100th birthday. Recently we announced that now anyone can take a virtual tour of some of our most breathtaking National Parks, no matter where you are, with Google's The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks. We're also looking for teachers to create National Park lesson plans to share on the TES educational platform. Learn how to contribute.
New Android Add-ons for Docs and Sheets
Introducing EasyBib and Google Classroom add-ons for Docs and Sheets. These new apps give teachers and students the ability to accomplish more in their day-to-day schoolwork. Find other add-ons, including Teacher Aide and DocuSign, in our Google Play collection or simply click on the add-on menus in Docs or Sheets.
New Classroom features
We announced new features to help teachers inspire learning for students, regardless of place or time. In Google Classroom, we rolled out a new feature that will allow teachers to automatically share summaries of student work with parents, as well as the ability for students and teachers to annotate documents in the Google Classroom mobile app.
Administrator's Corner
A discounted bundle of creative apps for Chromebooks
According to research from the Economist Intelligence Unit, half of all executives cite creative problem solving as the most important skill for potential employers. With that in mind, we worked with teachers across the U.S. to curate a bundle of creative apps that nurture student creativity while also engaging them more deeply in curriculum. You can purchase the bundle of apps - WeVideo, Soundtrap, and Explain Everything - at a discount from your district's Chromebook reseller. See the apps in action.
5 tips for success with technology
In the midst of an IT pilot or rollout? Learn five tips for successful technology rollout from David Schneider, assistant superintendent for instruction and technology from Bethpage Union Free School District. Read the tips.
Share your ideas in the Transformation Center
Want to share your lessons learned, templates, or resources with other school leaders? We recently launched a new hub for sharing, the Google for Education Transformation Center. Submit your ideas.
Change your primary domain name in the Admin console
Did your school or department change its name? You can now rename your primary domain from the Google Admin console. Learn how.
G Suite recent updates
Check out the latest "What's New in G Suite" newsletter [pdf] for a roundup of all G Suite launches from October 2016.
Latest Chrome browser release
Faster browsing, faster checkouts, and longer battery life — we think you’ll enjoy the latest release of Chrome. Read more.
Save the Date
12/1 & 12/2
ExploreEDU (Burnsville, MN): Learn more about how schools are using Chromebooks & G Suite for Education. Register on the ExploreEDU site
12/2
Doodle4Google (online): Deadline for K12 Students to enter the contest at google.com/doodle4google
12/3
Education on Air (online): Join us for a free, online conference for educators, by educators. Register today
12/6
ExploreEDU (St. Louis, MO): Learn more about how schools are using Google for Education. Register on the ExploreEDU site
12/7
Expeditions webinar: Join Best Buy for "Tools To Help Drive Tomorrow's Classroom" at 2pm ET. Register
12/8
ExploreEDU (Jefferson City, MO): Learn more about how schools are using Google for Education. Register on the ExploreEDU site
12/15 & 12/16
ExploreEDU (Grain Valley, MO): Learn more about how schools are using Google for Education. Register on the ExploreEDU site
12/31
Applications deadline (online): Apply for the Google for Education Certified Trainer Program
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