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 Teacher Academy Seattle
We’ll be holding the next Google Teacher Academy in Seattle, Washington on July 28th (with an optional unconference on July 29th) at the Google office in Seattle. We are accepting applications from all over the world, so polish up your writing and video skills and apply by 11:50 PM PDT on June 16, 2011. For more information, please visit our site.
Teaching Channel and YouTube celebrate National Teacher Day
Candice Meyers, Teaching Channel Head of Product Development, guest blogged on the YouTube blog to commemorate National Teacher Day and celebrate the contribution of teachers worldwide. Teaching Channel is the first teachers-focused YouTube Edu partner, seeking to capture compelling teaching lessons on video and surface them to a wider audience so that others can find inspiration. Meyers highlighted two examples of innovative teaching lessons available on the Teaching Channel’s YouTube channel, showing how Alex Kajitani uses rap to explain integers and how music teacher Genein Letford trumpets Duke Ellington to explain similes. “Inspired teaching, like any great art, should be seen, so we’re pleased to share these great lessons with the world,” said Meyers in her post. If you’re interested in seeing more examples of this content, subscribe to the Teaching Channel on YouTube today!
Applications open for Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) 2011
CS4HS workshop grant applications are open now until February 18, 2010! CS4HS is a workshop for high school and middle school computer science teachers that introduces new and exciting concepts in computing and how to teach them. Any University, Community College, or Technical School in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and Asia are welcome to apply. To submit an application and for more information about the CS4HS program please visit www.cs4hs.com.
Doodle 4 Google 2011 Launches
Doodle 4 Google brings art to a whole new level, giving K-12 students the opportunity to design the Google.com homepage for a day. And, while they’re at it, students can take home a $15,000 scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for their school. With the theme “What I’d like to do someday…” this year is all about students thinking big for the future. And, the competition has some exciting changes in 2011, including big name Guest Judges like Whoopi Goldberg, gold medal skater Evan Lysacek, and “Garfield” creator Jim Davis. Parents can register their children directly this year. Check out google.com/doodle4google for all contest rules, and be sure to register your students by March 2nd. Entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011.
Search results at every reading level
We work every day to make information available to everyone on the web. This week we made it easier for to you pinpoint exactly the information you need with a new advanced search feature that categorizes results by reading level. For example, if you’re writing a college paper on [herbivores] you can refine to see only advanced material, or if you’re a grade school teacher preparing for a class on [herbivores] you can refine to see only basic material. To try it out, click “advanced search” to the right of the search box and click in the new reading level section. You can filter to see only results that are basic, intermediate or advanced, and annotate results with reading levels. If you choose to annotate results, on the results page you’ll see a graphical distribution of the pages classified in different categories for your search.
Google Science Fair 2011
On January 11, 2011, we are launching the inaugural Google Science Fair. Google has partnered with NASA, CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American and the LEGO Group to create a new STEM competition that any student aged 13 – 18 from around the world is eligible to enter. To sign up for fun and free resource kits for your classroom or school (which will include Google bookmarks, stickers, posters and which will arrive in time for opening day) and a reminder notification when GSF registration opens, please visit the Google Science Fair site.
Google Teacher Academy Sydney, Australia
We’ll be holding the next Google Teacher Academy in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, March 10th (with an optional half day unconference on March 11th) at the Google office in Sydney. We are accepting applications from all over the world, so polish up your writing and video skills and apply by 11:50PM PDT on June 16, 2011. For more information, please visit the Google Teacher Academy page.
Google Apps for Education Teacher Training
Find step by step instructions and guided tutorials for using all the products in the Google Apps suite, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, and more in our new, online Training Center.
Already an expert? Apply to be a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer to deliver professional development to schools. We will also be holding a 2 day Certified Trainer summit August 11-12, 2010. Review the requirements and apply for the program and the summit on the main application form.
This summer, we’re funding 20 Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) workshops at colleges across the U.S. and will sponsor another 14 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. CS4HS is a workshop for high school and middle school computer science teachers that introduces new and exciting concepts in computing and how to teach them. Colleges develop a two-day program full of informational talks by industry leaders, discussions on CS curricula, demos and other opportunities for teachers to get hands-on skills they can take back to the classroom. For more information on CS4HS, visit http://www.cs4hs.com/.
Are you an educator who wants to use Google Earth in the classroom? Now you can learn all the tips and tricks for using Google Earth as a teaching tool by visiting the new Google Earth for Educators Community. On this site, you can view lesson plans for a variety of grade levels and subjects, discuss Google Earth teaching tactics with fellow educators, see student-created work, and read how other teachers are using Google Earth in the classroom.
Cheerio! The Google Teacher Academy will make its first ever international appearance in our London offices on Thursday, July 29th, 2010. If you are an outstanding primary or secondary teacher that would like to learn more about the GTA, please visit our site to apply by midnight PDT on Thursday, June 17th.
Webinar: State of Oregon Department of Education saves $1.5M by moving to
up for a free live webinar with Google Apps Education Edition and Steve
Nelson, Chief IT Strategist at the Oregon Department of Education, on May
26. Oregon is the first state to open up Google Apps Education Edition to
all public schools across the state. Learn more about the benefits of Google
Apps, why Oregon decided to “Go Google”, and plans for using Google Apps
with all the schools. You can also submit questions for the
webinar ahead of time.
SAVE the DATE – Google Geo Teachers Institute
July 21-22, 2010 – Googleplex Mountain View
For years, Google’s Geo products have been identified as a powerful
learning toolkit that can help students conceptualize, visualize,
share, and communicate information about the world around them.
This July, Google is hosting the first Google Geo Teachers Institute. This event is a FREE professional development experience designed to help
educators get the most from Google’s Geo products and technologies. The
Geo Teachers Institute is an intensive, two-day event where
participants get hands-on experience with Google’s Geo products: Google Earth, SketchUp, and Maps, including Mars, Moon, and Sky in Google Earth. Attendees will learn about innovative instructional strategies and receive resources to share with
colleagues. The Google Geo Education team hopes this event will empower
educators to bring the world’s geographic information to students in a
compelling, fresh, and fun way.
To apply, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinar: Hear how one district uses Google Apps Education as a collaborative teaching platform
Sign up for a free live webinar with Google Apps Education Edition and Maine Township High School District on Wednesday March 24th. Hear how the technology is seamlessly integrated into activities and supports learning objectives. Maine Township will share how they use Google Apps in lessons and demonstrate problem and project based activities that are only possible when using online read/write tools. You can even post your questions for the Maine Township High School District and Google teams ahead of time.
YouTube is now offering parents and teachers more control over the content they see with the announcement of Safety Mode. When you opt in to Safety Mode, you’re choosing not to see mature videos and comments that aren’t against our Community Guidelines, but may not be appropriate for someone under 18. Like Google SafeSearch, Safety Mode on YouTube does not remove content from the site but rather keeps it off the page for users who opt in. No filter is 100%, so keep in mind that supervision is still the best parental control. Check out the demo!