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My team was on the PBS News Hour!  The Google Genomics team is collaborating with the nonprofit researchers Autism Speaks to help them collect and analyze a huge new data set that should shed light on the genetic causes of autism. 
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/search-engine-help-unlock-autisms-secrets/

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Proud to be part of the team making this collaboration happen. Making sense of the genome, so that we can improve health, is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today. 

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A sample 4th-grade math performance task from PARCC is surprisingly challenging: similar to some problems I remember from the MOEMS math contest for this age group (moems.org).

The problem, in case the image doesn't come through, is: The perimeter of the rectangular state park shown is 42 miles. (Figure shows a rectangular with one side labeled 8 miles.)  A ranger estimates that there are 9 deer in each square mile of park. If this estimate is correct, how many total deer are in the park? Explain your answer using numbers, symbols, and words. 

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/08/a_closer_look_at_a_math_perfor.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2

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Here's a teacher using Nearpod on Android tablets to monitor student learning in the classroom - a simple, low-friction method for assessing what students really understood from the lesson, and responding appropriately.
Teaching with Google Play for Education
+Dianne Leoni's class uses Nearpod to share multiple approaches to solving the same problem, helping students better learn the underlying mathematical concepts. #PlayforEDU #GoogleEDU

Interested in how other teachers are using tablets with Google Play for Education in the classroom? Visit our Google Play for Education module (http://goo.gl/TwR2XA) on the Google for Education Learning Center to see apps in action. From handwriting (http://youtu.be/cBgWGXnHDiU ) to physics (http://youtu.be/RqqOb3B8jVM), reading (http://youtu.be/UDmBrpAvTw8) to creating books (http://youtu.be/NAPvWsbpG-U) -- these teachers showcase how using Android apps in class has helped keep students engaged and learning. 

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Here's a teacher using Android tablets as scientific instruments in her physics class - a simple fun experiment that produces graphs of centripetal force and acceleration. 
Interested in how teachers are using tablets with Google Play for Education in the classroom? +Rebecca Vieyra has students use the Android apps Physics Toolbox Accelerometer and Skitch to learn about centripetal force. #kinestheticlearning  

Visit our Google Play for Education module on the Google for Education Learning Center to see more apps in action. From handwriting to physics, reading to creating books -- these teachers showcase how using Android apps in class has helped keep students engaged and learning. #PlayforEDU #GoogleEDU

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Launched! My team's latest launch is a major expansion of Google Play for Education.

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Here's the video of the Google I/O keynote with more details about the project I've been working on lately: expanding Google in Education to include Nexus tablets, and in particular opening  Google Play for Education. Starting at 1:24:24 here: Google I/O 2013: Keynote

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I'm delighted to be able to share the project that I've been working on: Google Play for Education was announced as part of the Google I/O keynote this year.
We’ll soon be launching Google Play for Education, a new destination for students and teachers to access highly engaging educational content and tools. Developers, find out how to get started: goo.gl/T7QYK. Educators, sign up to learn more: goo.gl/YxRDM. #GooglePlay #Education   #IO13  

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Felix Salmon is trenchant: building skyscrapers on low-lying ground because your models tell you it's safe is an excellent analogy to betting your bank on complicated derivatives because your models tell you it's safe.

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We've launched NGram Viewer 2.0! Have fun, everyone...
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