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Google For Educators

Posted by Jeffrey Thomas on November 15, 2009

Welcome to Google for Educators

At Google, we support teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. That’s why we’ve assembled the information and tools you’ll find on this site. Learn more about Google for Educators.

Recent Projects and News

Google Certified Teacher

10/19/2009
Google Teacher Academy – Applications are OPEN for DC!

Just in time for the holidays, Google is delighted to announce that we’ll be holding our next GTA in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009!  Applications are open now until MIDNIGHT, November 9th, so get your video cameras ready to apply now.  Can’t wait to see you in Washington!
Google Apps Education

10/8/2009
Google Docs: Back to School Features
The Google Docs team recently added specific features for the classroom, including an equation editor, superscripts, subscripts, translation features, printed footnotes, and improved bullets. They also added page break and “go to page” logic branching to Google forms.
Google Apps Education

9/30/2009
Hear about using Google Apps Education at Maine Township High School District
Sign up for a free live webinar on Tuesday October 6th. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, principal, or school district administrator, we hope you’ll join us to hear about how Google Apps can help institutions like Maine Township High School District save money and IT resources, plus make students’ lives easier with a set of tools for working together. Post your questions for the Maine Township High School District and Google teams ahead of time.

9/10/09
Webinar Video Available: Teaching Search in The Classroom
If you missed our webinar last month, make sure you check out the video where we discussed how to teach search in the classroom and a set of lesson plans and resources that Google Certified Teachers developed for this purpose.

9/9/09
Create your class site using our Back to School Guides
Google Sites are a great way keep parents and students up to date on homework and school events, or for students to work together on class projects. Our Back To School Guides will help you create a class site, project site or school administrative site.

8/21/09
Back-to-School with Google Code University
Google Code University is a repository of educational materials focused on computer science. The content was developed by the best schools around the country and is always Creative Commons licensed for reuse and modification by educators and students. We just posted fresh course materials contributed by USC, Cal Poly, and UW. If you would like to share your materials let us know by going to the new submission form. We’d love to hear from you!

8/10/09
Google Webinar: Teaching Search in the Classroom Drawing on their vast experience with search education, Dan Russell, along with Google Certified Teachers Kathleen Ferenz, Cheryl Davis and Lucy Gray will discuss how to teach search in the classroom. Having developed Google’s Search Education Lessons, they will discuss how you can customize the contents to the needs of your class and how guide your in-class discussions. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 19 at 5PM. Don’t forget to register online and invite fellow educators to join us!

7/9/2009
Free Email Security with Google Apps Education Edition for K-12s
Keep your students safe with Google Message Security, offered free to current and new K12 Google Apps schools that sign up before July of 2010. Customizable inbound and outbound filtering based on content or senders – you make the rules.

7/9/2009
Google Apps Tips, Tricks and Even Lesson Plans

Want to learn the best ways to use Google Apps in your classroom?  Visit our new Education Community Site, where you can learn tips and tricks on using Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites, join our education forum and read news all about Google Apps.  Or check out standardized lesson plans at the new Google Apps Resource Center – for classroom use of our tools across K-12.

7/9/2009
Sites for Teachers

Check out the new Sites for Teachers page to see how teachers, students and administrators are using Google Sites to create their class sites, organize school trips, and run school projects.

7/9/2009
Books, Books, Books

Google has reached an agreement with authors and publishers that will make millions of books more accessible in the U.S.  You can view full pages from and purchase complete access to millions of in-copyright, out-of-print books  or your school can purchase institutional subscriptions to offer your students and teachers complete access to millions of  books.

6/29/2009
We have heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better web search skills in the classroom and make sure Google is used well and to its full potential. We worked with Google Certified Teachers to develop a set of nine modular and practical lessons to help educators do just that.
Design It: Shelter Competition

6/9/09
Google and the Guggenheim Museum teamed up to launch the Design It: Shelter Competition. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture, this global competition challenges participants to create a shelter in 3D using Google SketchUp and geo-locate in Google Earth.
Study Tips

6/9/09
Summer’s just around the corner (or winter, for those in the southern hemisphere!), and while some are already done with school, many students still have to turn in essays, problem sets, and exams in the next few weeks. To help out, we put together a few Study Tips on how to get the most out of Google for academic research.

Archived Projects and News

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