Featured Hour of Code Activity: Create your own Google Logo

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.

Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event.

One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed.

Ages 4 to 104.

This year, GSuiteHelp.ca would like to share with you that there’s an awesome Hour of Code activity for students to Create your own Google logo!

This activity is provided through the CS First with Google program, which is one of many initiatives at Google focused on improving access to computer science in education.

For a link the to the teacher resource page for this activity, packed with full lesson plans, information flyers and certificates for completion, click on the link below.

Create your own Google logo – Teacher Resources

 

 

Google Classroom now available for all!

Google Classroom is now available to users without G Suite for Education accounts. Teachers and students in many different environments can now teach or attend classes, manage assignments and instantly collaborate—all with their personal Google accounts.

G Suite for Education administrators will see updated Classroom settings that give them new controls over who can join their classes from personal Google accounts or from other G Suite for Education domains. This update gives schools more flexibility in how they collaborate with other organizations and students: For example, student teachers or visiting students can now easily integrate into their host school or university’s Classroom set-up.

To learn more about this, visit the Google for Education official blog post.

Google Forms just got even better (again!)

G Suite has come out with some amazing updates that are what you would call ‘head turners‘!

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2016/10/five-new-ways-to-reach-your-goals.html

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2016/10/five-new-ways-to-reach-your-goals.html

The most exciting highlight in the most recent post would have to be the ‘File Upload‘  question type in Google Forms. Respondents within your domain can now upload files from their computer or Drive as a question response, which organizes the files neatly in a Drive folder for you!

Visit the official G Suite Updates blog post to see other new exciting updates: Five new ways to reach your goals faster with G Suite.

Google Classroom updates just in time for this school year

Mobile Annotations

Teachers and students can draw on, highlight, and write notes on documents and PDFs in the Classroom mobile app.

Parent/Guardian Summaries

Teachers and administrators can invite parents/guardians to sign up for email summaries to keep up with their students. Guardians can choose how often to get a summary—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time.

Summaries include a student’s missing or upcoming work as well as new announcements and questions posted by teachers in the class stream.

Classroom notification for guardians example

For a complete list of features ready for the school year, visit the official What’s New in Google Classroom Help Page.

Add images to questions and answers in Google Forms

Here is an update that is sure to make a lot of teachers happy for the upcoming school year.

As teachers have been moving to Google Apps, they been adopting Forms as well for assessments for, as and of learning. Allowing to have forms grade assessments in a recent update this spring was a step in the right direction and I’m sure that Google has been listening, however, not being able to tie in images to both the question as well as in the answer choices was that last missing piece of the puzzle.

Well, here it is.

Source: Add images to questions and answers in Google Forms