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Forgot to post the newsletter I started this year. Links to latest issue and first issue below.
Google Summit Registration is Now Open
Hooray for the back-to-school rush. It’s already time to start thinking about your plans for October 14. We have another fantastic Google Summit planned for this year, with two locations for easy access. Here’s what you need to know for this year:
- In addition to the learning on docs, calendar, YouTube, and more, we’re adding a focus on augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and what’s on the horizon for our classroom tech. We’ll have devices and gear to play with.
- We have two keynote speakers, one for each site. Expect an active hands-on experience for the morning opener!
- Each participant will receive a day of great learning, lunch, and a summit t-shirt.
- This year’s registration cost is $50 per individual and $40/per person for groups of ten or more. (You can attend for free as a presenter or volunteer. See the registration page for details.)
Some recent Google news:
Google is killing off Hangouts on Air in September [The Verge]
Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone [Official Google Blog]
Taking learning beyond classroom walls with new features for Back to School [Google for Education Blog]
- Parents and guardians stay informed with Google Classroom email summaries
- Annotations help students color outside the lines — and the classroom
- More Expeditions thousands of miles away or inside the human body
- More Google for Education features for busy teachers and curious minds
New Google Drive search feature makes for easier filtering to find your stuff (hasn’t hit the apps4pps domain yet)
Cyrus Mistry, Lead Product Manager, Devices and Content, Google for Education
Editor’s note: This week our Google for Education team will be joining thousands of educators at the annual ISTE conference. Follow along here and on Twitter for the latest news and updates.
“Teachers are great communicators, collaborators, creators and critical thinkers. It takes a teacher to empower students with these skills and create the leaders of our future. As technology becomes an increasingly integral component of our classrooms, the role of teachers becomes even more important.
Today at ISTE, we’re announcing four more ways for these everyday heroes to engage their classes and empower their students using Google tools. Look out for a deeper dive on each of these launches on the blog throughout this week.”
Read the full post here.
From the Google Docs Blog:
Check this out… “a new feature in Google Slides: Slides Q&A. This update—rolling out globally today—helps speakers connect with their audience and collect real-time feedback. With a simple link displayed on a Slides presentation, audience members can submit questions from their phones, laptops, and tablets—and vote on those they want answered the most.
Slides Q&A makes it easy to interact with your audience—without having to worry about mics or moderators. Slides also helps you get your big ideas and stories on screen—without having to worry about wires or set up stress. Starting today, we’re improving this “Show up, don’t setup” experience in two ways:
You can now present your slides to a Hangout from your iPhone or iPad. So with just your phone or tablet and the Slides app, you can present to any screen using Chromecast, AirPlay or Hangouts.
And for those of you who like presenting from a computer, we’re introducing a new laser pointer on the web. Just in time for May the 4th (be with you).”