G Suite for Education

G Suite Updates Fall 2018

G Suite Learning

G Suite Training

This is a Chrome extension that offers simple and interactive training lessons to get you up and running fast with G Suite. Training is accessed directly within G Suite, so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it. This extension is free and has been pushed out to all district users. If you do not see the G Suite Training extension in the top-right corner of your screen–it's the multi-colored circle with a question mark in the center– you can install it yourself by clicking the link below.

G Suite Training Chrome extension

Google for Education: Teacher Center

Free, online training for the classroom that provides educators with guided training paths to learn one new thing or start the path to Google mastery. The teacher center has content to meet you where you are and get you where you want to be.

Google Certified Educator Exams

Google offers two educator certifications so that you can show mastery at the level that's right for you. Use the content in the teacher center and your own teaching experience to best prepare you for the performance-based exams. Once you feel adequately prepared, exams are available online and the educator certifications can be achieved at any time.

For educators who have learned the fundamentals of using Google tools in the classroom, the Level 1 certification validates standard technology implementation skills.

For educators who are super users and enthusiasts of Google tools in the classroom, the Level 2 certification validates advanced technology integration skills.

*If you are interested in the Level 1 certification, IT can pay the $10 certification fee! Contact Melissa Lim, mlim@pps.net, for more information.*

Chrome Extensions

In order to follow security best practices, students will not be allowed to install certain Chrome extensions. If students cannot install a specific extension for use in class, please contact the IT Service Desk. Teachers are still able to install their own extensions.

Google Cast for Education

Google Cast for Education is a Chrome extension that allows you to share your computer's screen from one Chrome browser to another. It turns your computer into a wireless projector for screen sharing from another device. Just install the extension, give your device a name, and invite your students to cast.

Download the Cast for Education extension.

Google Classroom

This fall, Google Classroom is introducing the Classwork page, which lets teachers organize assignments and questions by grouping them into modules and units. Teachers will be able to create and manage assignments and questions from the Classwork page. This gives class content its own space in Classroom, and allows the Stream to be used for class conversation.

A People page will also be to give teachers a unified place to manage students, co-teachers and guardians, and a new Settings page where teachers can add a class description, change the course code, and control overall Classroom settings. teachers will be able to create and assign a Forms Quiz directly from Classroom—saving educators time and streamlining the assignment process.

*If you would like Google Classrooms to be automatically created based on your class schedule in Synergy, you still need to have the Google Classroom box checked in Synergy by your building scheduler.*

Google Forms

To keep students focused and distraction-free during tests and quizzes, locked mode in Google Forms will be launched this fall. Available on managed Chromebooks, locked mode prevents students from navigating away from a quiz until they submit their answers. Teachers will be able to enable locked mode with a simple checkbox, giving them full control over assessments.

New Google Sites

You should be creating your Google Site with the new Google Sites, not the Classic version, which will soon be going away. You can check to see if your classic site can be migrated by following these directions.

VR Tour Creator

Tour Creator allows students and educators to make their own virtual reality experiences. This new VR tool lets anyone easily create virtual reality tours using footage from 360° cameras or the huge library of existing Street View content and view their tours on Poly. You can customize your tour using templates, ambient audio, and narration support to help teacher and students craft the perfect tour. And because Tour Creator is a web-based application, anyone can use it to create VR experiences—no prior knowledge or experience necessary.

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