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Get on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaborationGet on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaborationProduct Manager

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google Docs, Sheets and Slides—so that teams can work together at the same time, using the most up-to-date version.Today, we're introducing new updates to better help with "version control," to customize tools for your workflows, and to help teams locate information when they need it.Track changes, make progressIt can take dozens of edits to make a document just right—especially a legal agreement, project proposal or research paper. These new updates in Docs let you more easily track your team’s changes. Now, your team can:Name versions of a Doc, Sheet or Slide. Being able to assign custom names to versions of your document is a great way to keep a historical record of your team's progress. It's also helpful for communicating when a document is actually final. You can organize and track your team’s changes in one place under “Version history” (formerly known as “Revision history”) on the web. Select File > Version history > Name current version. For even quicker recall, there’s an option to select “Only show named versions” in Docs, Sheets or Slides. Preview “clean versions” of Docs to see what your Doc looks like without comments or suggested edits. Select Tools > Review suggested edits > Preview accept all OR Preview reject all.Accept or reject all edit suggestions at once in your Doc so your team doesn’t have to review every single punctuation mark or formatting update. Select Tools > Review suggested edits > Accept all OR Reject all.Suggest changes in a Doc from an Android, iPhone or iPad device. Click the three dots menu in the top right of your Doc screen to suggest edits on-the-go. Turn on the “Suggest changes” toggle and start typing in “suggestion mode.”Compare documents and review redlines instantly with Litera Change-Pro or Workshare Add-ons in Docs. Here's a quick way to preview and accept all changes (or reject them) and name versions of your document Use new templates, add-on time-saving functionalityTeams use templates in Docs and Sheets to save time on formatting. At the same time, developers are building add-ons to customize functionality. We thought, why not bring these two together? That’s why today, we’re introducing new templates with built-in add-ons and the ability to create your own, so your templates not only look good—but they make sure the work gets done.These templates allow you to customize and deploy tools specific to your organization’s workflows. We’ve launched five examples of this in the general template gallery, like the new Mutual Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) template from LegalZoom and DocuSign. With this template, businesses can quickly create an NDA and collect signatures using the DocuSign Add-on for Docs. Bonus: it also automatically detects the required signature fields on the template, which saves even more time when you request signatures. This is just one of a few new templates—we’ve also worked with Lucidchart, PandaDoc, EasyBib and Supermetrics to help you save time and maximize efficiency throughout your team’s workflows.In addition, you can also create your very own template with built-in Add-on customized to your company’s workflows. For example, create a Sheets template paired with an add-on to gather internal approvals or an invoice template in Docs (paired with an add-on) that pulls information from your CRM system. The new mutual NDA template from LegalZoom and DocuSign lets you collect NDA approvals stat. Find the information you need, when you need itSometimes the hardest part of creating a proposal or[...]


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Around the Globe - Improved Operations for Girl Scouts JapanAround the Globe - Improved Operations for Girl Scouts JapanGoogle for Nonprofits

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0000

For this segment of G4NP Around the Globe, we’re highlighting Girl Scouts of Japan: a nonprofit that supports more than 30,000 young women across the country with its vibrant community and empowering programs. With such a large network of members, the nonprofit needed technology to effectively keep members updated on events, ensure personal information stays secure, and manage their Local Council’s communications. The suite of tools provided by Google for Nonprofits has allowed Girl Scouts of Japan to improve their productivity and increase their member base, giving them more time to focus on supporting young women.  Operations - G Suite GSuite has helped Girl Scouts of Japan operate more efficiently and provide a positive experience for their members. More than 7,000 attendees signed up through Google Forms for e-learning programs about safety procedures before they headed off on a scouting adventure. Google Sheets helped the chapter to quickly access and organize this data. And by migrating to Gmail, the nonprofit feels secure with their custom Google privacy settings and the tool’s ability to weed out spam and malware.Girl Scouts of Japan has also used technology to revolutionize a central component of the global Girl Scout organization: badges. Typically, Girl Scouts can earn woven badges for their vests by completing tasks or trainings. With the help of Google tools, Girl Scouts of Japan has created an interesting twist to this tradition: using Forms to create quizzes on their Google Site and reward women with digital badges.  Furthermore, the nonprofit creates engaging content with Google Sites and shares their manuals and materials on Google Drive so each Local Council can always access the most updated trainings. With G Suite scaled to the entire organization, the nonprofit seamlessly keeps all communications and information safely stored in one place—allowing them to spend less time handling administrative tasks, and more freedom to plan engaging events. Girl Scouts Japan - Virtual Tour of WAGGGS World Centers Visibility - Google AdGrants, YouTube, Google MapsGirl Scouts of Japan recognized an opportunity to connect with their young target audience by building a strong online presence. Ad Grants helps them reach new members with over 3,000 monthly visitors to their site—a 500% increase in just two months. To further enhance their online engagement, the nonprofit created a YouTube channel to showcase their thriving community and impactful programs with original content. Their videos showcase the strength of their community and the empowering programs they provide. And with Google Maps, members can easily find events happening nearby, resulting in over 18,000 views about event information.Lastly, to spread awareness and encourage women to get involved, Girl Scouts of Japan uses Google Earth to provide a global view of their expansive network. Using instructions from Earth Outreach tutorials, they created this Virtual Tour to share with members to encourage a global perspective and community of Girl Scouts.From G Suite to YouTube, Girl Scouts of Japan has successfully harnessed the power of technology to cultivate a strong community of women who support each other and grow together. Read the full story by visiting our Community Stories page on our Google for Nonprofits site.//To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers products at no charge[...]


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8 tips to help you keep up in Google Keep8 tips to help you keep up in Google KeepProduct Manager, Google Keep

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Google Keep makes organizing information a cinch. You can easily jot down ideas or share to-dos with co-workers. We asked Mario Anima, product manager for Google Keep, to share some of his favorite Keep tips. This is what we learned.1. Record voice notes.For recording thoughts on the go, you can record voice memos within Google Keep on your Android or iOS device. Open up the Keep mobile app, click on the microphone icon at the bottom right of your screen and record your message. When you’re done talking, the recording will automatically end and a new screen will pop up with the text of your message and an audio file. Click on “title” at the top of your audio file and name your note. Your note is automatically synced with the web app, too, so you can access it on your desktop. 2. Transcribe notes from pictures.Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Keep can transcribe text from pictures for you, so you don’t have to worry about typing up notes from a meeting or whiteboard session (shameless plug: you can also use Jamboard for that).Just take a photo, select “Grab Image Text”  and Keep will transcribe your note. 3. Create drawings and even search handwritten notes.You can sketch images in Keep. Select the pen icon at the bottom of your mobile screen and a bunch of options will appear. Play with colors, shades and more. Once you’re finished with your drawing, you can share it right away with coworkers. Or, you can come back to handwritten memos later by searching for what you wrote.Speaking of search, you can also find images by searching for words contained within them. Say you snap a photo from a whiteboard and the image contains the word “Proposal.” Just search Keep for “proposal” and your image will appear. 4. Drag and drop notes from Keep into Google Docs.Now you can use Keep directly within Docs—take notes you’ve created in Keep and drag them into client proposals and more.If you’re in a Doc: click “Tools” on the menu bar, and then “Keep Notepad.” A sidebar will pop up with all of your note options. You can scroll through the list or use the search bar to jump right to the note you need. Once you’ve found it, drag-and-drop the note into your doc.If you’re in the Keep app: select the note you want to send, click the three dots menu and click “Copy to Google Doc.”You can also create notes in the Keep notepad while viewing a Doc. One bonus is that when you create a note in Docs, Keep creates a source backlink—so you can access the note in Keep and it will link back to the source document where the note was created. 5. Use the Chrome Extension.Create notes while you browse the web by downloading the Chrome Extension. One cool thing is that when you create a note using the extension, it saves the site URL with it. So if you browse back to that same URL, the extension will show your note in context. 6. Send notes from Keep to other apps you use.Some teams save content from other messaging or social media apps in Keep to reference later. Or, vice versa, you might use Keep to draft emails or social media posts on-the-go. Click on the three dots in the bottom right corner of your Keep app, select “send” and choose the app you want to share your note with.7. Color-code or label your notes to find them quicker.To organize your notes by color-coding them in Keep, at the bottom of a Keep note, select the three dots menu and choose from several colors to help you quickly identify a note. You might consider color-coding by task or deadline. If you’re working on your desktop, you can also use the Category Tabs for G[...]


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Save that thought: How Instrument uses Jamboard to capture and share ideasSave that thought: How Instrument uses Jamboard to capture and share ideasG Suite Blog Editor

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

We all brainstorm differently. As Avi Couillard, a Senior Strategist at the digital agency Instrument, puts it: “Some people need to noodle on an idea, some need to converse with their team about it, and some need to visit it on their own terms.” For agencies like Instrument, inspiration can strike at any place and time. Instrument’s creative team has been using Jamboard for 10 months as a part of early testing cycles to facilitate brainstorms and execute on big ideas for clients, including Google. Along the way, the team has noticed an interesting shift in their creative process. We interviewed members of Instrument’s creative team to tell us about this shift, and how Jamboard has changed their team’s approach to brainstorming. Brainstorming before and after Jamboard For Avi and his colleagues at Instrument, brainstorms looked different last year. “It used to be one person with bad handwriting, translating whiteboard notes into a spreadsheet,” says Avi. His colleague, UX Illustrator Sheri Smith, jokes: “That handwriting was usually mine.”They’d leave meetings with a ton of ideas that were then assigned to other designers, illustrators or animators to interpret. “It was time-consuming and the process sometimes diluted creativity,” says Avi. Now, instead of deciphering half-formulated ideas after the fact, Sheri visualizes concepts right away by sketching them on Jamboard as they’re mentioned. Avi and Sheri also bring remote colleagues into a brainstorm session. Other designers or programmers can join meetings via Hangout within the Jamboard, have PDF versions of work sent to them, or view “jams” from their phone, tablet or computer and rev on a concept right away. Jamboard helps us focus more on the ideas, and less on translating creative direction to different teams. Avi Couillard Senior Strategist, Instrument “Jamboard helps us focus more on the ideas, and less on translating or assigning creative direction to different teams,” says Avi. His team is able to keep working on ideas after meetings wrap, too. “Because ideas from ‘jams’ are saved in Drive, they’re captured in their original form for everyone on the team. This provides the whole team with access so they can keep adding to them to make them better.” Once the work is complete, the team adds the final output into a Slides presentation to share with internal teams or clients to review.Ideas from everywhere, everyoneWith Jamboard, more team members are involved in the creative process earlier, including those who may not be viewed as traditional “creatives.” Says Andrew Barden, Senior Producer: “Jamboard democratizes brainstorms. Sometimes it’s easy to think ‘oh, I’m not a creative,’ but that’s not true. Ideas come from everywhere, and being able to iterate early in the process helps you produce your best work.” Jamboard democratizes brainstorms. Ideas come from everywhere, and being able to iterate early in the process helps you produce your best work. Andrew Barden Senior Producer, Instrument Jamboard can also impact how organizations present work. Instead of a “grand unveil” of a polished product, other business units or your clients become broader extensions of your creative team. If you involve more team members in the thinking early on, they’re more likely to be invested in the end result. “Using Jamboard, I’ve had to get more comfortable with sharing[...]


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Around the Globe - Fundación Todo Mejora supports LGBT youthAround the Globe - Fundación Todo Mejora supports LGBT youthGoogle for Nonprofits

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Todo Mejora means “it gets better”—and it’s this message that the Chile-based nonprofit has worked tirelessly to advocate for. In the wake of continual LGBT discrimination around the world, Fundación Todo Mejora strives to support the LGBT adolescents who face discrimination, including those considering committing suicide. Chile has one of the highest levels of suicide and school violence in Latin America. It’s projected that if nothing is done, in four years, one adolescent in Chile will end his or her life  nearly each day—an astounding metric that Fundación Todo Mejora hopes to change.1,2Continuing  with our series about impactful organizations using Google for Nonprofits tools, this week we’re highlighting how Fundación Todo Mejora uses technology to spread its message and creates a safe space for these teenagers to find refuge in times of need.Showing up when searching for help—Google Ad GrantsBy implementing a strategic campaign using Google Ad Grants, the nonprofit targeted Google searches common to suicidal thoughts such as “I want to commit suicide”, “Who should I call if I want to kill myself?”, or “Help me, I want to die”. When a local person searches this on Google, Fundación Todo Mejora’s ads show up to intervene with supportive messages, and provide links to resources to find help. One 19-year-old girl who found support from these ads said, "Amidst my depression, I Googled how to commit suicide. Your foundation, ’Todo Mejora,’ popped up in my search results. It made me smile and reminded me the reason to go on.” These ads have allowed Fundación Todo Mejora to save lives and navigate people to their website where they can find resources and support. As a result, website traffic increased by 20% in one year alone, which means the organization found a way to reach more people in need. This increase also prompted Fundación Todo Mejora to expand their suicide hotline support to 30 hours/week up from 7 hours/week.Spreading the word—YouTubeTo further increase visibility, Fundación Todo Mejora created a YouTube channel where adolescents share their personal stories, which have helped create a community of support, coupled with the call-to-action overlays inspiring others to follow suit, take initiative, and send donations. In their most popular video, with over 62,000 views, Demi Lovato speaks out against homophobic and transgender bullying and encourages victims to reach out for help. Storage & syncing—G SuiteFundación Todo Mejora now uses G Suite exclusively for all its day-to-day operations, relying on Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar to work productively. The unlimited user accounts and 30GB of storage per user has saved them time and money that once went towards paying for other storage products. Now, they can save important data in a shared and collaborative space which has helped them streamline their processes, preserve historical documents, and improve communication.With more time, funding, and organizational processes, Fundación Todo Mejora can focus on expanding their support for youth in need and the LGBT community. Read more about their story on our Community Stories page on our Google for Nonprofits site.To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.Footnote:  Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers products at no charge to qualified nonprofits.1 OECD (20[...]


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Google named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration PlatformsGoogle named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration PlatformsProduct Management Director, G Suite

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000

For multiple years now, Google Drive has been focused on the needs of large enterprises, because they have the most exciting and impactful problems we can solve. Enterprises are drowning in files, and there’s an immense opportunity to harness that information. Those files represent a company’s collective knowledge—every strategic plan, brainstorming note and financial plan—and with Drive, we’re giving businesses a way to find, organize, understand and act on that knowledge.Today, we are excited to announce that we are being recognized for our progress on this journey. Google has been named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms (CCP). More companies are embracing cloud solutions like Drive because of the opportunity they pose: when you make content accessible from any device, anywhere, at anytime, teams can collaborate more and become more nimble. This new way of working provides tremendous opportunity to improve productivity and innovation, but it can also increase complexity.As an international clothing manufacturer and retailer, GANT is familiar with the challenges of running a global brand. The company employs an international creative team to create its smart, practical and stylish clothing items and requires collaboration solutions that bring their work from sketchbook to store. Says Matthew Wood, creative director at GANT, "Google Drive is a very visual and simple way of working. We can plan, manage and discuss our work in progress within one place—fabrics, styles, everything, right down to the very last stitch."We listened carefully to enterprise customers like GANT and we launched several new capabilities in Drive to address these new complexities. Some challenges we heard from customers like Sanmina, Whirlpool or Woolworth’s included:Help my teams work confidently in the cloud. To make it easier for teams of all sizes to collaborate seamlessly in the cloud, we’ve added features like Team Drives. In Team Drives, you can easily view, access and control content sharing because it’s owned collectively by your team and organized in one place. Give us the tools to find the information we need to get work done fast. When you’re in the middle of a project, the last thing you want to do is dig for information you need to complete it. Instead, use Quick Access in Drive to surface the files you need. Quick Access uses Google’s advanced artificial intelligence to find and suggest the most important files based on a number of work signals and patterns—saving 50 percent of the time you would spend searching for content. Less time digging means more time working on important tasks.Help our admins maintain the visibility and control they need. It’s important to be in control of your company data, especially as you transition to the cloud. Vault, Data Loss Prevention for Drive and many auditing enhancements make it easier for admins to meet data retention/compliance needs and prevent data breaches, like accidentally sharing a file with SSNs outside of your company.Make migrating from on-prem to the cloud easier for my business. You can’t afford to have work come to a standstill because of a botched migration or because new solutions aren’t compatible with existing tools. To help you migrate from on-prem, cloud or hybrid solutions, we recently integrated AppBridge, a leading enterprise-grade migration provider, into G Suite. After migration, you can use the new Drive File Stream to access all of your content in Drive from your computer without syncing delays or filling up your employees’ hard drives.Get in touch with Google to learn more about how your business can benefit from moving to the cloud.Note: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in [...]


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How AI can help make safer baby food (and other products)How AI can help make safer baby food (and other products)Production Division

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Editor’s note: Whether you’re growing cucumbers or building your own robot arm, machine learning can help. In this guest editorial, Takeshi Ogino of Kewpie tells us how they used machine learning to ensure the quality and safety of the ingredients that go into their food products.Quality control is a challenge for most industries, but in the world of food production, it’s one of the biggest. With food, products are as good as the ingredients that go into them. Raw materials can vary dramatically, from produce box to produce box, or even from apple to apple. This means inspecting and sorting the good ingredients from the bad is one of the most important tasks any food company does. But all that work inspecting by hand can be time-consuming and arduous both in terms of overhead and manpower. So what’s a food company to do?At Kewpie Corporation, we turned to a surprising place to explore better ways to ensure food quality: artificial intelligence built on TensorFlow.Although Kewpie Corporation is most famous for our namesake mayonnaise, we’ve been around for 100 years with dozens of products, from dressings to condiments to baby foods. We’ve always believed that good products begin with good ingredients. Ingredients that are safe and also give you peace of mindLast October, we began investigating whether AI and machine learning could ensure the safety and purity of our ingredients faster and more reliably than ever.The project began with a simple question: “What does it mean to be a ‘good’ ingredient?” The ingredients we purchase must be safe, of course, and from trustworthy producers. But we didn’t think that went far enough. Ingredients also need to offer peace of mind. For example, the color of potatoes can vary in ways that have nothing to do with safety or freshness.Kewpie depends on manual visual detection and inspection of our raw ingredients. We inspect the entire volume of ingredients used each day, which, at four to five tons, is a considerable workload. The inspection process requires a certain level of mastery, so scaling this process is not easy. At times we’ve been bottlenecked by inspections, and we’ve struggled to boost production when needed.We’d investigated the potential for mechanizing the process a number of times in the past. However, the standard technology available to us, machine vision, was not practical in terms of precision or cost. Using machine vision meant setting sorting definitions for every ingredient. At the Tosu Plant alone we handle more than 400 types of ingredients, and across the company we handle thousands.That’s when I began to wonder whether using machine learning might solve our problem. Using unsupervised machine learning to detect defective ingredientsWe researched AI and machine learning technology across dozens of companies, including some dedicated research organizations. In the end, we decided to go with TensorFlow. We were impressed with its capabilities as well as the strength of its ecosystem, which is global and open. Algorithms that are announced in papers get implemented quickly, and there’s a low threshold for trying out new approaches.One great thing about TensorFlow is that it has such a broad developer community. Through Google, we connected with our development partner, BrainPad Inc, who impressed us with their ability to deliver production level solutions with the latest deep learning. But even BrainPad, who had developed a number of systems to detect defective products in manufacturing processes, had never encountered a company with stricter inspection standards than ours. Furthermore, because our inspections are carried out on conveyor belts, they had to be extremely accurate at high speeds. Achieving that balance[...]


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How App Engine helped power Super Mario RunHow App Engine helped power Super Mario RunHead of Google Cloud, JapanSenior Account Executive

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000

When Nintendo invited app developer DeNA to collaborate on its release of Super Mario Run last year, both companies knew they had a unique challenge on their hands. It wasn’t just that the game would bring one of Nintendo’s most beloved characters, Mario, to smartphones for the first time. Nintendo was also planning a simultaneous worldwide launch, meaning the game would go live in 150 different countries at the same time. With a launch that massive, both Nintendo and DeNA knew system downtime would be unacceptable. That meant being sure that the game’s back-end could handle the demands of millions of new users on day one.Here’s a little insight into how Nintendo and DeNA worked together to solve these challenges in advance of the game’s launch. Preparing for the future of game apps by leaving the back-end to a managed service Nintendo and DeNA had already collaborated on the mobile title, Miitomo, so both knew how critical a strong back-end would be for Super Mario Run. After weighing their options, Kenta Sugahara, team leader for DeNA’s System Development Division, recommended using Google App Engine.“When Miitomo was released last spring,” explained Sugahara, “the back-end was constructed almost entirely on-premises. This inevitably meant resources were used up on operations, obstructing efficient development in some respects. Although it was working at the time, I knew it would become increasingly difficult to work on more titles without changing our approach. Also, at that time, we learned that projected traffic for Super Mario Run would be massive — even by our standards as experienced smartphone app developers. That’s why we proposed using a managed service like App Engine.” But using App Engine meant they’d need to rebuild the game’s back-end entirely from scratch. With less than six months before the release date of Super Mario Run, Sugahara and team knew they had their work cut out for them.Working together towards a “crazy target” System organization diagram (using Google Cloud Platform) With a simultaneous launch in 150 countries just months away, the work began.One major reason DeNA and Nintendo chose App Engine was its ability to implement services demanding high levels of availability. Because they were anticipating a massive traffic spike on launch day, it was important that their cloud platform had the ability to scale quickly. App Engine’s auto scaling can automatically add or remove instances in line with traffic volume, and can be optimized in units of milliseconds. Adding to that, DeNA also compiled and shared estimation sheets with Google so they could anticipate the load on various services on day one. All this helped ensure they wouldn’t risk downtime while the systems where scaling.With launch day rapidly approaching, load testing also became a major priority. Using Google Cloud Datastore, DeNA was able to complete a test with 3 million accesses per second. This gave both DeNA and Nintendo confidence that Super Mario Run’s back-end would be more than capable of withstanding the projected number of accesses when the game went live. Looking toward the future All of DeNa and Nintendo’s hard work paid off when Super Mario Run launched last December. Although there were more than 40 million downloads in the first four days alone, the launch went off without a hitch.Now the teams are looking forward to tackling new challenges. A system like Super Mario Run generates log data in huge volumes, so plans are already in the works to use Google BigQuery to analyze those logs and apply any [...]


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G4NP Around the Globe - Zooming in on Action Against HungerG4NP Around the Globe - Zooming in on Action Against HungerGoogle for Nonprofits

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Every dollar and minute count to further your cause and focus on your mission. We’re pleased to highlight nonprofits who were able to make greater impact with fewer resources by using Google tools—from G Suite to Google Ad Grants–made available through Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) at no charge. Varying in size, scope, and timezones, these nonprofits from around the world share one thing in common: utilizing the G4NP suite of tools to help their specific needs. G4NP offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more at no cost. This week, we’ll take a look at how the nonprofit Action Against Hunger utilizes these tools to increase productivity, visibility, and donations,  in order to improve lives in  the communities they serve. Action Against HungerIn 2016 alone, Action Against Hunger provided nourishment to over 1.5 million starving children(1). In order to save lives with nutritional programs, Action Against Hunger looked to Google for aid—not for food, but for technology. Action Against Hunger now utilizes five Google technologies that have drastically improved their ability to save lives around the globe. Raising Awareness with Google Ad Grants & AnalyticsFor major international emergencies, like the Ebola outbreak or the South Sudan famine, Action Against Hunger needs a way to inform people and recommend ways to get involved. With Ad Grants, the nonprofit activates targeted keywords relating to the crises to drive people to their page and empower them to take action. Google Analytics then allows them to track their effectiveness and adjust accordingly to increase engagement and improve their fundraising techniques. With this data-driven strategy and the tools’ ability to optimize campaigns, Action Against Hunger has nearly doubled funding year-over-year. In fact, Ad Grants brought 158,000 people to their website in the past year alone, raising $66,000 which is equal to treating 1,466 hungry children. Ad Grants brought 158,000 people to their website in the past year alone, raising $66,000 which is equal to treating 1,466 hungry children. Increasing Productivity with G SuiteWhen working with a global network and managing hundreds of programs abroad, collaboration and communication are key. After experiencing unnecessary latencies in their operations, Action Against Hunger has since adopted G Suite which streamlined their workflow. The nonprofit is especially fond of Gmail, Hangouts, and Drive where Action Against Hunger employees can message each other quickly, share files securely, and collaborate on Docs in real-time—avoiding duplication of efforts and saving time.Fundraising with One Today & YouTubeTo drive donations and expand awareness to broad audiences, Action Against Hunger uses One Today, a Google app that allows users to easily donate $1 or more towards causes they care about. Campaigning on One Today on World Food Day in 2016,  Action Against Hunger raised more than $1,200 in support of their cause with each dollar going directly helping those in need. Additionally, Action Against Hunger creates and shares content on YouTube to reach their global audience, and is  beginning to use the YouTube donation cards to further increase donations. The large exposure and website referrals from both YouTube and Google+ helped Action Against Hunger raise over $20,000. Using Google products Action Against Hunger gained extra time and energy to focus on what really matters: feeding the hungry. To read more about Action Against Hunger’s story and learn how they used Google tools so effectively, visit our Google for Nonprofits Community Stories page. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more inspirational stories about nonprofits using technology to help their cause.To [...]


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How we’re collaborating with Citrix to deliver cloud-based desktop appsHow we’re collaborating with Citrix to deliver cloud-based desktop appsHead of Global Technology Partners

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Businesses of all types are accelerating their transition to the cloud, and for many, desktop infrastructure and applications are part of this journey. Customers often tell us they want to be able to use their current desktop applications from any device and any place just as easily and securely as they can use G Suite.

That’s why today, we’re announcing a collaboration with Citrix to help deliver desktop applications running in a cloud-hosted environment.

Managing and delivering hosted desktop applications requires several pieces of technology: Google brings highly scalable and reliable infrastructure, a global network to reach customers and employees wherever they may be, and a team of security engineers who work to keep Google Cloud customers secure. Citrix brings the application management, backup and redundancy from XenApp, its desktop virtualization suite, and application delivery with Netscaler. Finally, Google Chromebooks and Android devices together with Citrix XenApp offer a highly secure, managed end-point that provide users a safe and user friendly experience on which to use applications.

All this requires close partnership and excellence in engineering. Google and Citrix have collaborated for years and we're expanding that relationship today in a few key ways:

  • Simplifying the path for customers to more securely transition to the cloud by bringing Citrix Cloud to Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

  • Bringing the application load balancing expertise of Netscaler to the world of containers via Netscaler CPX on GCP

  • Integrating Sharefile with G Suite to use Gmail and edit and store Google Docs natively.

  • Expanding use of secure devices with Citrix Receiver for Chrome and Android link

This collaboration helps address key challenges faced by enterprises moving to the cloud quickly and securely. Both Google and Citrix look forward to making our products work together and to delivering a great combined experience for our customers.

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Google introduces Hire, a new recruiting app that integrates with G SuiteGoogle introduces Hire, a new recruiting app that integrates with G SuiteSenior Product Manager, Google Cloud

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000

It’s no secret that attracting top talent is a key driver of business success. But whether you’re looking to recruit a business analyst, bring on an assistant or hire an experienced auto mechanic, building the right teams with the right talent takes time and money.According to a study by Bersin by Deloitte, it takes an average of 52 days to fill an open position and costs about $4,000 to interview, schedule and assess each candidate. At the end of the day, that adds up. Now, Hire–an app designed to help small and medium businesses recruit more effectively–can help.Recruit better using Hire and G SuiteHire makes it easy for you to identify talent, build strong candidate relationships and efficiently manage the interview process end-to-end. It integrates seamlessly with G Suite apps like Gmail and Google Calendar, which more than 3 million businesses use, many of them to drive recruiting efforts. With the introduction of Hire, customers now have a hiring app alongside G Suite’s familiar, easy-to-use tools that can help them run an efficient recruiting process.Hire and G Suite are made to work well together so recruiting team members can focus on their top priorities instead of wasting time copy-pasting across tools. For example, you can:Communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire and your emails will sync automatically in both.Schedule interviews in Hire with visibility into an interviewer's schedule from Calendar. Hire also automatically includes important details in Calendar invites, like contact information, the full interview schedule and what questions each interviewer should focus on.Track candidate pipeline in Hire, and then analyze and visualize the data in Sheets. Making intuitive recruiting software for your businessA lot of tools that employees rely on at work are clunky, unintuitive and hard to learn—endless configuration options, tables and lists and mind-numbing data entry. The Hire product team set out to change that. With a mindset of “less is more,” the team conducted hundreds of user-testing sessions and worked with early adopter customers for more than a year to simplify and optimize every aspect of the user experience.How Hire makes it easy for Brad’s Deals to recruitBrad’s Deals is a free service that compares online prices to help consumers find the best deals.  As a growing organization, recruiting is a top priority for the company. With more than 260 active candidates in their pipeline, Brad’s Deals uses Hire to share candidate information, capture feedback from the interviewing team in one place and track interview progress.“Hire’s intuitive and simple UI makes it easy for recruiters, hiring managers or even interviewers to take an active part in the recruiting process,” says Jessica Adams, vice president of Human Resources at Brad’s Deals. “The app’s integration with G Suite enables us to quickly access all candidate communications in one place, efficiently schedule interviews and collaborate to reach a hiring decision quickly."Try Hire todayHire is the latest product offering from Google to address the talent marketplace. In May, we unveiled Google for Jobs, our initiative that's focused on helping both job seekers and employers, across our products and through deep collaboration with the job matching industry. Google Search connects jobseekers to job opportunities from the open and broad ecosystem of providers, including employer listings as well as LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor and Facebook. Hire addresses the needs of our G Suite customers—making it easier to hire the right people.Now, all U.S[...]


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Announcing the winners of our Machine Learning Startup CompetitionAnnouncing the winners of our Machine Learning Startup CompetitionVP of Marketing, Google Cloud

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Wednesday, July 12, Google Cloud hosted the finals of its Machine Learning Startup Competition in San Francisco. Launched at Google Cloud Next ’17 with our sponsors Data Collective and Emergence Capital, the competition aimed to bring together the best early-stage startups implementing machine learning. According to Fei-Fei Li, Google Cloud Chief Scientist of AI/ML, “AI will change the way we live and work and it’s happening at a faster pace than most people think.” We received more than 350 applications from startups across the U.S. that are leveraging machine learning to improve healthcare, financial services, retail, IoT and many other sectors.From this strong group, 10 finalists were selected to compete for investments and the “Built with Google” grand prize of $1 million GCP credits: At the event, finalists took the stage to share their technology and vision with our expert judges.Matt Ocko, Managing Partner | Data CollectiveSanti Subotovsky, General Partner | Emergence CapitalBill Coughran, Partner | Sequoia CapitalDave Munichiello, General Partner | GVFrank Chen, Head of Deals and Research | a16zJerry Chen, Partner | Greylock PartnersMuzzammil Zaveri, Partner | Kleiner PerkinsVanessa Larco, Partner | NEAFinalists had just three minutes to pitch and three minutes of Q&A to convince the judges.  They also spoke to an audience of investors representing  over 40 of Silicon Valley’s top venture firms.After careful deliberation and debate, judges selected the following winners:Built with Google — Grand Prize Winner ($1M in GCP Credit) — PicnicHealthPicnicHealth creates training data for precision medicine. By engaging patients directly they provide life sciences studies with complete, structured outcomes data for any patient, from any source. To date, PicnicHealth has collected and structured 500,000 records from 5,000 different health care facilities. Already leveraging Google Container Engine (GKE) and BigQuery, they plan to use the $1M in GCP credit to scale their machine learning efforts on Cloud Machine Learning Engine, Cloud Vision API and Genomics API. Congrats to the PicnicHealth Team Built with Google Prize, Runner-Up ($500K in GCP Credit) - LiftIgniterLiftIgniter is a machine learning personalization layer powering user interactions on every digital touchpoint. Built by the team behind YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, LiftIgniter runs their full stack on GCP. LiftIgniter's customers include some of the largest media and e-commerce brands in the world. Adam Spector accepting LiftIgniter award In addition, Data Collective and Emergence Capital selected two startups that are eligible to receive an investment of up to $500,000: Data Collective Choice Winner — BrainspecEmergence Capital Choice Winner — LiftIgniterAll remaining finalists will receive $200K in GCP credits and technical assistance from Google Cloud to support the next stages of their companies. We want to thank our sponsoring venture capital sponsors, DCVC and Emergence Capital, and our supporting sponsors A16Z, Greylock, KPCB, GV, NEA, Sequoia.A speci[...]


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Manage access to third-party apps with new G Suite security controlsManage access to third-party apps with new G Suite security controlsGroup Product Manager, G Suite

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Protecting your organization’s most sensitive data and assets is a constant challenge. G Suite helps protect your data in a number of ways: thwarting attackers with advanced phishing detection through machine learning, mandating strong authentication with security key enforcement and preventing data leakage through tools such as DLP.Today, we're adding another security feature that improves data access control and enhances phishing prevention—OAuth apps whitelisting, giving your organization added visibility and control into how third-party applications are using your data.New third-party application access controlsOAuth apps whitelisting helps keep your data safe by letting admins specifically select which third-party apps are allowed to access users’ G Suite data. Once an app is part of a whitelist, users can choose to grant authorized access to their G Suite apps data. This prevents malicious apps from tricking users into accidentally granting access to their corporate data. With these new security controls, an admin can:1. Get fine-grained visibility into the third-party apps that are accessing G Suite data. G Suite Admin console 2. Allow access to only trusted and vetted third-party OAuth apps. 3. Guard OAuth access to core G Suite apps data by preventing unauthorized app installs, thus limiting the problems caused by shadow IT. Once the OAuth whitelisting settings are in place, access to third-party apps is enforced based on the policy set by admins, and employees are automatically protected against unauthorized apps.Enable OAuth Apps Whitelisting for your domainThis feature is being rolled out in phases and will be made available within the Admin console in next few days. Check out instructions on how to get started here. And if you’re interested in learning more about how your business can collaborate, store and communicate securely in G Suite, visit the G Suite Security page.[...]


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How Virtru for G Suite lets you share sensitive business information and stay compliantHow Virtru for G Suite lets you share sensitive business information and stay compliantPartner Marketing Manager, Google Cloud

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0000

If you work in a regulated industry like healthcare, legal or finance, you might be familiar with regulations relating to HIPAA, CJIS and CFPB, and understand how important it is to protect sensitive data. In order to help you meet your obligations, you might need specific tools.

Gmail already offers world-class security protections like encryption through Transport Layer Security (TLS), but Virtru for G Suite is a simple way to help dually secure proprietary information included in your email communications. Virtru integrates client-side encryption directly into Gmail and G Suite, so you don’t have to worry about your emails or attachments falling into the wrong hands.

Using G Suite and Virtru, you can:

  • More securely send proprietary information via Gmail.
  • Create custom data loss prevention rules to detect and encrypt users’ sensitive information before it leaves your inbox.
  • Manage who can access what content and for how long (including third-parties), set expiration dates for emails and attachments and control forwarding on all messages.
  • Help your business meet regulatory requirements for email encryption, data security, privacy and data residency.

Why Premier Healthcare Services chose Virtru for G Suite

Premier Healthcare Services is a provider of skilled and unskilled in-home health services. The company uses Virtru for G Suite to securely send sensitive client information, and chose the encryption service because it was easy to install and intuitive to use for anyone familiar with Gmail.

Using Virtru for G Suite, Premier Health administrators can revoke access, manage forwarding and watermarking of attachments, and control access to documents and their expiration. Premier Health IT administrators can also set data loss prevention (DLP) rules to encrypt data  to help employees remain HIPAA compliant, even when they share information with parties outside of their domain.

To stay on top of their data security, they can also monitor a variety of activities within the Virtru Admin Dashboard, like when and where emails are forwarded and when DLP rules are triggered.

To learn how your business can use Virtru for G Suite to protect sensitive information in Gmail, register to attend this free webinar on July 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.

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Nutanix and Google Cloud team up to simplify hybrid cloudNutanix and Google Cloud team up to simplify hybrid cloudHead of Global Technology Partners

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:00:00 +0000

Today, we’re announcing a strategic partnership with Nutanix to help remove friction from hybrid cloud deployments for enterprises. We often hear from our customers that they’re looking for solutions to deploy workloads on premises and in the public cloud.

Benefits of a hybrid cloud approach include the ability to run applications and services, either as connected or disconnected, across clouds. Many customers are adopting hybrid cloud strategies so that their developer teams can release software quickly and target the best cloud environment for their application. However, applications that span both infrastructures can introduce challenges. Examples include difficulty migrating workloads such as dev-testing that need portability and managing across different virtualization and infrastructure environments.

Instead of taking a single approach to these challenges, we prefer to collaborate with partners and meet customers where they are. We're working with Nutanix on several initiatives, including:

  • Easing hybrid operations by automating provisioning and lifecycle management of applications across Nutanix and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) using the Nutanix Calm solution. This provides a single control plane to enable workload management across a hybrid cloud environment.

  • Bringing Nutanix Xi Cloud Services to GCP. This new hybrid cloud offering will let enterprise customers leverage services such as Disaster Recovery to effortlessly extend their on-premise datacenter environments into the cloud.

  • Enabling Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS support for hybrid Kubernetes environments running Google Container Engine in the cloud and a Kubernetes cluster on Nutanix on-premises. Through this, customers will be able to deploy portable application blueprints that target both an on-premises Nutanix footprint as well as GCP.

In addition, we’re also collaborating on IoT edge computing use-cases. For example, customers training TensorFlow machine learning models in the cloud can run them on the edge on Nutanix and analyze the processed data on GCP.

We’re excited about this partnership as it addresses some of the key challenges faced by enterprises running hybrid clouds. Both Google and Nutanix are looking forward to making our products work together and to the experience we'll deliver together for our customers.

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The value of Google for Education in action: New Impact Portraits from US schoolsThe value of Google for Education in action: New Impact Portraits from US schools

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week at ISTE, we announced new tools to support our future explorers and digital citizens, and we released seven new Impact Portraits profiling the impact of Google for Education and Chromebooks in districts across the US. Today we’ll dive deeper into the findings from these schools. For more information from ISTE, follow our updates on Twitter, and if you’re in San Antonio, visit us at booth #1718 to learn more and demo these new tools for yourself. In 2016, we worked with Evergreen Education Group  answer a big and pressing question: Can we measure the impact of Chromebooks and G Suite for Education in schools? Evergreen’s discussions over 16 months with more than 100 school leaders from 6 countries was captured in a series of Impact Portraits—data-rich case studies with real school results. Their research uncovered four key factors that help schools and students flourish when adopting technology for the classroom: planning, professional learning, patience and support.Today we take a closer look at the findings in seven new Impact Portraits from school districts across the U.S. These districts range in size and demographics from Florida’s Brevard County,  with a student population of 73,000 and 9,000 educators, to New York State’s Amherst Central, which has 4 K-12 schools, 2,944 students, and 263 educators.The one thing these schools have in common: They're using Chromebooks and G Suite to drive measurable improvements in everything from reading skills to AP diploma graduation rates. Below are some key results from each school district. Achieving a one-to-one environment for so many students changed everything. We now live and breathe the new approach every day. Chris Reed Principal at Williams Elementary, FL The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indiana, deployed Chromebooks and G Suite for Education in fall 2014. Since then, Wayne Township’s scores on IREAD-3, Indiana’s measure of third-grade reading skills, have risen by 10% to 86%. High school graduation rates also rose 21.1%, from 67% to an average of 88.1%. After giving every student a Chromebook, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Middle School of Choice, part of the Burleson Independent School District, Texas, surpassed every middle school in the district on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and the BrightBytes’ CASE Technology Framework, which measures the impact of technology on learning outcomes. Engagement is high as well: One English teacher reported a 72% decrease in missed homework assignments after Chromebooks were introduced to her classroom.In Brevard County Public Schools, Florida, Quest Elementary added 120 Chromebooks in 2014. Since then, the percentage of students scoring proficient or above in English/Language arts rose from 81% to 85% and students scoring proficient or above in math rose from 86% to 89%. Brevard’s West Shore Senior High School leveraged Chromebooks and G Suite for students seeking the new Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Project diploma in 2016, which requires intensive research and collaboration. The first year the AP Capstone diploma was offered, 60 out of 160 graduating West Shore students received the prestigious diploma. [...]


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Developing critical reading skills with media literacy apps on ChromebooksDeveloping critical reading skills with media literacy apps on Chromebooks

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Editor's note: Over the last year, we’ve introduced new ways for students to develop important future skills with Chromebook tools, including active listening and creativity. Yesterday at ISTE we announced our latest bundles in this series, curated in collaboration with educators. In this post, we dive into the Media Literacy apps on Chromebooks bundle, designed to help students evaluate and think critically about the information they see online. Follow our updates on Twitter, and if you’re at ISTE in San Antonio, visit us at booth #1718 to learn more and demo these tools for yourself. Bringing current events into the classroom is a great way to engage students in what’s happening around the world. With countless online news sources to choose from, it’s more important than ever for students to develop media literacy skills that help them understand the difference between reliable information sources and “fake news.” And media literacy skills aren’t just helpful in the classroom—they’re essential  future skills that help students thrive beyond the classroom and into their adult careers.Earlier this month we announced Be Internet Awesome, a program to help kids learn how to become smart, confident explorers of the online world. One module teaches how to be Internet Alert, including how to avoid “falling for fake.” Now, to help school districts provide more media literacy opportunities to students, we’re offering a bundle of Media Literacy apps on Chromebooks, designed to help students evaluate and think critically about the information they see online. These apps are available at a special discounted price and may be purchased alongside Chromebooks or independently from U.S. Chromebooks resellers. Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens. Renee Hobbs National Association for Media Literacy Here’s a deeper look at the apps in the Media Literacy bundle.Scrible is a research platform enabling students to curate, annotate and collaborate on authentic online sources such as news articles and blog posts. They can highlight important passages, comment on key points and reply to one another in real time—fostering collaborative discourse, critical commentary, and mindfulness about the quality of their sources. They can later bring their researched content into the writing process using automatic citation capture, bibliographies and Google Docs and Drive integrations.“Scrible helps students think about information critically through organizing their thoughts on the page,” says Matt Menschner, social studies teacher at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (KCAPA) in Philadelphia, PA. “It's helped foster creative and critical thinking and positive discussion around the efficacy of the information that we’re going through on a daily basis.”Menschner says that during the recent school year, Scrible “acted like an icebreaker and fostered a lot more creative discussion and face-to-face conversations” between his students. He doesn’t expect the benefits to fade after graduation, either—students from previous years “come back to visit and they tell me they still use Scrible now in their college classes.” [...]


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How STEM tools on Chromebooks turn students into makers and inventorsHow STEM tools on Chromebooks turn students into makers and inventors

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Editor's note: Over the last year, we’ve introduced new ways for students to develop important future skills with Chromebook tools, including active listening and creativity. Yesterday at ISTE we announced our latest bundles in this series, curated in collaboration with educators. In this post, we dive into the STEM tools on Chromebooks bundle, designed to help students become makers and inventors. Follow our updates on Twitter, and if you’re at ISTE in San Antonio, visit us at booth #1718 to learn more and demo these tools for yourself. Students everywhere are exploring important concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with a level of sophistication that’s rising every year. They’re also developing skills like problem solving and collaboration that they’ll need in higher education and, eventually, in their careers, while being exposed to real-world opportunities to be makers.“If we want a nation where our future leaders, neighbors and workers have the ability to understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, building students’ skills, content knowledge and fluency in STEM fields is essential,” the Office of Innovation & Improvement, U.S. Department of Education noted in a statement in January, 2017.To help school districts provide more STEM opportunities to students, we’re now offering a bundle of STEM tools on Chromebooks, designed to to help students become inventors and makers. These tools are available at a special discounted price and may be purchased alongside Chromebooks or independently from U.S. Chromebooks resellers. Let’s take a deeper look at the tools in the STEM bundle.The Dremel 3D40 3D Printer was developed by Bosch, a company that has made reliable tools for builders and hobbyists for over 80 years. About the size of a microwave oven, a 3D printer “prints” solid objects, layer by layer. The 3D40 3D Printer supports design tools such as Tinkercad and BlocksCAD, that help students create three-dimensional versions of just about anything they can dream up.Michael Miller is a K-5 technology teacher and high-school computer science teacher for Otsego Public Schools in Otsego, MI. “Students are being exposed to technology that’s now used in a lot of fields. Medical, dental, the food industry—they’re all using 3D printers,” he says. “It will definitely make students more future ready.”Miller uses a 3D40 3D Printer with Chromebooks in his elementary and high school classes. Depending on the class, students use the tools to create anything from a light saber to a miniature model of a Wright brothers’ airplane. From components for robots to mouthpieces for flutes, his students bring a range of personal interests to the design and printing process. It brings what they imagine in their head into their lives. Michael Miller Technology teacher, Otsego Public School Although students often work on individual projects, Miller encourages them to solve problems together as a team. “If they need help, I expect them to look to their neighbor first before coming come to me.” Miller also sees how 3D printing can be a way to engage female students, who are often underrepresented in STEM fields today, as well as students who are less likely to speak up in class. “I had a high school student—a very reserved student—and[...]


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Updates from ISTE: new tools to empower our future explorers and digital citizensUpdates from ISTE: new tools to empower our future explorers and digital citizensGoogle for Education team

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +0000

Editor's note: This week our Google for Education team will be joining thousands of educators at the annual ISTE conference in San Antonio. Follow along here and on Twitter for the latest news and updates. Technology is transforming how students learn and the skills they need to succeed.Today at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference, we’ll be highlighting new tools and programs built to empower students to explore, build and think critically as active learners. Look out for a deeper dive on each of these announcements on the blog throughout this week. Students as inventors and explorers Recently we announced a new browser-based version of Google Earth that makes it easier than ever for teachers to bring the world into the classroom using Chromebooks. Today we are excited to introduce 10 new stories in Google Earth Voyager, our new storytelling platform, built specifically for the classroom. We collaborated with National Geographic Society, PBS Education, HHMI Biointeractive and Mission Blue to create beautiful, curated Voyager stories which offer students a new perspective on the world. We’re also unveiling new classroom activities for teachers to get started today. This week, Google Earth will become an additional service for Google for Education users, which can be managed by IT administrators through the Google Admin panel. Google Earth knowledge card of the Alamo, not far from the ISTE 2017 conference! We’re always looking to highlight great educational content on Chromebooks that can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom, while also fostering skills of the future. Today we’re announcing a collection of STEM tools for Chromebooks -- Dremel 3D40 3D Printer and littleBits Code Kit -- that schools can purchase at a bundle discount from their Chromebook reseller. These tools bring engineering into the classroom and help students become inventors.Coming soon, the Expeditions app for Cardboard and Daydream will offer a self-guided mode so anyone can access more than 600 virtual field trips on their own. Students and teachers will be able to pick an adventure to anywhere—from the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China—and see details on points of interest highlighted on cards. We hope that this encourages exploration and personal education, making it easy to learn using virtual reality. Students as critical thinkers and responsible digital citizens In addition to the bundle of STEM tools announced above, we are offering a discounted bundle of media literacy apps on Chromebooks, Scrible and eSpark Frontier. The tools are designed to support students as they research and write using contemporary online information and help students form opinions about the media they consume.Be Internet Awesome is a new digital citizenship and safety program to help kids make smart decisions online. Developed in collaboration with online safety experts like the Family Online Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and ConnectSafely, the program includes resources for kids, educators and families. ISTE has awarded Be Internet Awesome its Seal of Alignment for Readiness. Educators can find the curriculum on the Be Internet Awesome resource hub, or as part of a new online course for teachers of all grade levels in the Google for Education Training Center. [...]


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As G Suite gains traction in the enterprise, G Suite’s Gmail and consumer Gmail to more closely alignAs G Suite gains traction in the enterprise, G Suite’s Gmail and consumer Gmail to more closely alignSVP, Google Cloud

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Google’s G Suite business is gaining enormous traction among enterprise users. G Suite usage has more than doubled in the past year among large business customers. Today, there are more than 3 million paying companies that use G Suite.   

G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change. This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products. Ads shown are based on users’ settings. Users can change those settings at any time, including disabling ads personalization. G Suite will continue to be ad free.

The value of Gmail is tremendous, both for G Suite users and for users of our free consumer Gmail service. Gmail is the world’s preeminent email provider with more than 1.2 billion users. No other email service protects its users from spam, hacking, and phishing as successfully as Gmail. By indicating possible email responses, Gmail features like Smart Reply make emailing easier, faster and more efficient. Gmail add-ons will enable features like payments and invoicing directly within Gmail, further revolutionizing what can be accomplished in email.

G Suite customers and free consumer Gmail users can remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount as we continue to innovate. As ever, users can control the information they share with Google at myaccount.google.com.

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