Google for Education
November 2014 Newsletter
With thanks from all of us

Crisp air, fall leaves, holiday sales, and feasts with friends and family — we have a lot to be grateful for this time of year. Most of all, we’re thankful for educators who continue to inspire us and provide feedback that helps shape our technology.

This month’s issue of the Google for Education newsletter is about appreciating the things that help us save time and have a little fun along the way.

This Just In
Classroom stories
Schools continue to share stories of how they are using Classroom -- Colegio Banting in Mexico going paperless without IT support, students at Wheatley Park School in the UK studying local villages and creating presentations and St. Columba Anglican School in Australia keeping their small coastal town connected globally.
Ok Google, what's the square root of 178?
Results from a survey of over 1,400 Americans found that more than half of teens use voice search as a time-saver on a daily basis. Read how, when, and why we talk to our phones.
Fresh look to the Google for Education website
We rebuilt our website based on dozens of interviews with educators and administrators. You’ll now be able to easily connect with other educators, preview useful apps, and search for helpful guides and resources.
Translation, please?
Help students practice their language skills or read international websites. The new Google Translate Chrome extension makes it easier than ever to translate full webpages or just a sentence of text.
Educator Spotlight
We are Georgetown
Rooted in 225 years of history, Georgetown University has created an environment of ongoing innovation, open dialogue and intellectual inquiry. Professor Arnie Miles exemplifies this by making it easy for his students to work together, schedule TA sessions, and peer-review projects with Google Apps for Education. Students submit their work through Google Drive so they can get feedback right away.

“I think that file sharing and working in the cloud helps my students prepare for their future, and will inform how they collaborate in the workplace.”
Professor Arnie Miles teaching
Professor Arnie Miles engages with students in his Intro to Information Technology class.
Teacher's Tools
Search iconBecome a search pro: Searching for “turkey” but looking for thanksgiving recipes instead of the country? Try using these Google Search modifiers to help you and your students get the results you want.
Quizlet logoCramped fingers?: No need to handwrite dozens of flashcards, thanks to Quizlet (Chrome & Android apps). Students and teachers can use these tools to help them study and practice important lesson material.
Flubaroo logoFlubaroo: Designed by an educator for his own classroom, this free tool helps teachers automatically grade assignments, perform useful class average calculations and more.

Read&Write logo

Read&Write: Make learning tools accessible for those with learning disabilities or English Language Learners with Texthelp's Chrome extension.
Explore the world's cultural treasures with the Google Cultural Institute:
Thank you, veterans, for all your sacrifices. November 11th marked the end of World War I. Find historical journals, artifacts, and pictures in this collection.
 
Check out these LIFE photos of folks celebrating Thanksgivingincluding the one above from the famed Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1941.
 
As we enter the holiday feasting season, take a look at Ark of Taste’s catalogue of cultural foods eaten around the world.
Administrator's Corner
Classroom 2.0: Thanks to your valuable feedback, we’ve made Classroom better. Enjoy new features like marking assignments as “done,” adding class members from existing groups and exporting grades to help you save time and engage students.
Learn without limits: Starting last week, all Google Apps for Education users now have free, unlimited storage for any file type in Drive. No more worrying about hitting your quota or deleting files to free up space. Free archiving with Google Vault will come later this year.
Rally the troops: How do you make sure teachers, faculty, and your whole learning community are part of your transition once you’ve gone Google? Take a look at this branding guide for advice, guidelines and examples from other schools.
Form Feature: Google Forms now allows add-ons, giving you the flexibility of new options and settings. Set a survey end date, browse theme options and more.
Save the Date
11/13
Webinar - Georgetown University brings Hoyas together using Google Apps for Education
12 PM PT / 3 PM ET
Register for the event
11/15
Google for Education Arkansas Summit
Saturday 8AM-5PM CST / Sunday 9AM-2PM CST
Learn more and sign-up
11/17
Google Play for Education Workshop in Kansas
10 AM CST / 3 PM CST
Learn more and sign-up
11/18
National Novel Writing Month - 3 authors, 1 Google Doc, 1 hour.
Watch a short story unfold live on a Google Hangout
Find out more
11/20
Webinar - Rowan-Cabarrus Community College creates a 21st century progressive learning environment through Google for Education tools
11 AM PT / 2 PM ET
Register for the event
RECESS
You deserve a break too. Try the Google A Day trivia question or challenge your students.
P.S. Don't forget to check out…
All things Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has something for all of us, whether it's the sports, the shopping, or the steaming food. Discover some of the ways Google Search can help you enjoy your favorite activities this turkey day.

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