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When great technology meets great pedagogy, great things happen.
When great technology meets great pedagogy, great things happen.

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Google Calendar for Google Classroom is LIVE!

You can now get Google Calendar for your classroom!  If you create a new classroom today, then it'll be there from the get-go.  If you already have a classroom, then you need to create a new stream post or assignment for it to appear.  It's that simple!

Have fun!
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Introducing the new #GoogleEdu Training Center: professional development by and for educators http://goo.gl/v2EQqt #ISTE2015 #ISTE15
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Google Classroom Best Practices
Best Practice #3

This #GoogleClassroom  best practices comes from +Susan Stine:

We had a lot of snow in the North East of the United States this school year and it seemed that we were missing 2 or 3 days of school every week!  I used Google Classroom to continue lessons and assignments just as if they were in the physical classroom.  They posted questions and I was able to respond to them or attach supplemental aids to assist students in the task.  I made sure I emailed the parents to let them know there was an assignment, and they were very happy to inform their child.  I had about an 80% success rate with this.  I felt we had lost less learning time because of Google Classroom. :-)

Bookmark the Google Classroom Best Practices Folder to access more throughout the coming weeks: http://bit.ly/gclassbest

Submit your own best practice!
http://goo.gl/forms/GVp3UwCo9K
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The classroom team has been hard at work fulfilling your feature requests.  Today, we're really excited to announce the following features, which have been many of our top feature requests from users!

- Multiple teachers:  The team heard loud and clear that schools and universities need the ability to have multiple instructors, TAs, and aids to be able to not only see the class, but be able to make assignments, track grades, leave feedback and see the class stream.  Today, you can add other instructors to a course through the web interface.  (https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6190760)
- Draft Posts:  Teachers are busy, and may want to get all of their assignments done ahead of time instead of posting them on the fly when they want students to see.  Starting today, teachers will be able to write an announcement (https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020270) or assignment (https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020265) in advance and then publish it to students at a later time.
- Draft Grades:  While teachers are grading, they may find they need to readjust scaling and go back and reward/remove points.  Before today, this would mean students would see these adjustments.  Starting today, teachers will be able to grade student work in advance and return the assignments at a later time.  (https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020294)
- Send Email for Private Comments: It's important for students to be able to privately give comments to teachers, perhaps on turning in an assignment late or problems they had while competing it.  In order to make that easier for teachers to find and respond to, teachers will now receive an email when a student sends a private comment on an assignment, regardless of what platform (mobile or web) they post that comment from.  (https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6020265)

We hope teachers will love these features and it will make their classrooms even easier to manage.  However, the team knows there are always ways to improve, even these features that just have been released.  Help make classroom even better by sending all your comments, ideas, and feedback through the ? in the bottom right hand corner of classroom and select “send feedback”!

Check out the blog post about today’s release here!  http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/2015/04/teaching-teams-new-ways-to-work.html

What do you think of these few features?  Let us know in the comments below!
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Do you wish for the chance to work more closely with other teachers? Now introducing Education On Air, a free online conference. http://goo.gl/wSYlMU

You have the best seat in the house (your own!) All you need is a web browser and an Internet connection to learn with other educators. http://goo.gl/CNf1L4 #GoogleEduOnAir
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Here's your Update Wednesday for Classroom!

On desktop:
- You can now customize your header image!

On your mobile devices:
 - Students and teachers can now view the About page in the mobile app for quick access to their class materials and resources
- On iOS, students can now add images, videos, and any other files to assignments from other apps
- Your favorite emoji are now available on the Android app [insert smiley face here]
- We’ve made overall changes that will increase the speed of the app’s performance, so you can get your work done even faster 

Read the blog post below, and make sure you let us know any other feature requests through the ? within Google Classroom!

http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/2015/02/google-classroom-new-treats-for.html

#classroom   #updates   #updatewednesday  
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