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Spotlight On
New Feature in Google Slides!

The Audio Player for Slides Chrome extension was recently updated with some features that teachers have wanted for years! First, you can now use the extension to have music play continuously throughout a presentation even when you change slides. Second, you can now make audio recordings directly in your slides. In the following video is demonstrate how you can record audio directly in Google Slides.

Insert Learning
InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons


Nearpod - Create, Engage, Assess through Mobile Devices


What is PadletPadlet is like paper for your screen. Start with an empty page and then put whatever you like on it. Upload a video, record an interview, snap a selfie, write your own text posts or upload some documents, and watch your padlet come to life. 

Applied Digital Skills: New Lessons and Rubrics

The Applied Digital Skills program recently added new lessons plans and assessment rubrics. Additionally, Applied Digital Skills is now aligned to the state standards for ten states, with more coming soon. Explore the curriculum now.

Upcoming changes to Google Classroom

In preparation for the upcoming school year the Google Classroom team has announced a new Classwork and People page for the students and educators on your G Suite for Education account, as well as updates to the Classroom Stream. This notice alerts you to those changes.

The new Classwork page lets educators better organize assignments and questions and improves planning. Teachers can group work into units or modules, and reorder work to match their class sequence. This helps simplify the class stream so it can be used as a conversational hub between educators and students. Teachers will be able to sign up for early access to the new features.

Actions to take

  • General Access to the new Classwork page will be available from August 2018.

Once available, the class owner will be able to opt-out of using the new Classwork page; this opt-out setting will be available for a limited period of time.

In addition to the Classwork page, the Classroom team has announced the following features also to come this Fall:

  • People Page: We’re consolidating information to help educators and students get to what they need quickly. All information about class members - students, co-teachers, guardians - now appear in the new People page.
  • Settings Page: On this page, educators can control all the settings for their classes, from updating basic class information, to controlling how students post in the stream, to resetting the class code.
  • Stream Updates: With the addition of the Classwork page, the Stream’s purpose can shift to that of a conversational hub where educators can notify their students about upcoming deadlines, post announcements and more.
  • Quiz integration: We’re making it easier to create formative assessments directly from Classroom. Teachers will be able to create a Google Forms Quiz from Classroom, and even lock the quiz for more secure and distraction-free testing on Chromebooks.

Brand new one-hour Applied Digital Skills Lessons
If your students are on the hunt for summer jobs – or graduating and preparing to launch their careers – the newest Applied Digital Skills video lesson will help them take that critical first step. The Create a Resume activity can be completed in under an hour – perfect for keeping high school students engaged during these last weeks of the school year and preparing them for their futures.

Learn to CODE!
On your Phone (Android or iPhone)!
Grasshopper is the best way to start your coding adventure with fun, quick games on your phone that teach you to write real JavaScript. Move through progressively challenging levels as you develop your abilities, then graduate with fundamental programming skills for your next step as a coder.
Grasshopper is free to download from both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store

EDU in 90
EDU in 90 is a new video series from Google for Education. Each episode, they'll focus on an important topic for educators, administrators, and school leaders - things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom.

81 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom
(also a great intro to Google Forms for everyone)

Request App, Add-in or GoGuardian Account

If you find an Add-in or App you would like to use, either in Classroom or as a tool OR if you would like a GoGuardian account please fill out this form (complete the form with your rbocesapps.org Account)
Note: GoGuardian is used to monitor and manage your students on the Chromebooks