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Your Google for Education Guide for Back to School from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>This back to school season, inspire creativity, and run at maximum efficiency with the latest features and tools from Google for Education. We’re rolling out new features in Classroom and G Suite for Education, AR and VR on Chromebooks, Google Earth and Science Journal updates, and new trainings from the Teacher Center and Applied Digital Skills.New tools in Classroom and G SuiteGoogle Classroom is getting its biggest refresh yet. We’ve added a Classwork page to help teachers and students stay more organized. With Classwork, teachers can easily group assignments into units or modules, and reorder work to match their class sequence. We’re also introducing a new grading tool, which lets educators quickly toggle between student submissions when grading, and save commonly used feedback. The tool improves the grading workflow, so that educators have more time to spend personalizing feedback. Finally, we’ve made it easier to setup classes and manage information. Read more here, and check out the Back to School 2018 FAQs for full details.In addition to using a Learning Management System (LMS), many schools use G Suite to collaborate. Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way to integrate G Suite with many LMSs. That’s why we introduced Course Kit in July, a free toolkit that allows instructors to use Google Docs and Drive to collect assignments, give faster and richer feedback to students, and share course materials within the LMS they’re already using. It’s built using the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard so it's easy to set up and works with all LMSs that support LTI. If your institution uses G Suite for Education, you can get started by requesting access to the beta.We heard from educators and students it can be challenging to format in Google Docs when writing and assigning papers. That’s why we’re sharing new Docs updates focused on margins and indentations to improve the overall writing experience, especially when making MLA style citations. Now, you can use hanging indents and set specific indentations using a dialog box. Be on the lookout for customizable header and footer margins, and a vertical ruler coming to Docs this fall.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Bring learning to life with Daydream, Google Earth, and Science JournalYour student explorers can show and tell in 360-degree VR, because Tour Creator now allows photos taken on your own device with the free Cardboard Camera app (available on Android and iOS) to be added to tours. And coming soon, you’ll also be able to add VR180 photos to tours which can be easily taken from any VR180 camera. Have curious students wanting to explore ancient ruins, swim in the Indian Ocean, and save the endangered elephants in Africa? Coming this fall, ARCore will run on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 so students can experience Expeditions AR and other AR apps directly on their tablets.Adventures continue with 30 newly released activities and lesson plans, in 8 languages from Google Earth. Students and teachers can explore Mars, the world’s oceans and protected environments with NASA, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Ocean Agency, and the National Geographic Society.Student scientists wanting to test hypotheses can use the Science Journal website, which has been updated with new content, including activities from the band OK Go in the OK Go Sandbox. Coming this winter, the new Google Drive integration will also allow students to conduct, document and access science experiments from any device running the free Science Journal app.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Innovative training with the Teacher Center and Applied Digital SkillsWe heard that first time G Suite users and educators looking for a refresh found our #FirstDayofClassroom resources to be helpful, and now we’re expanding to include our other products, starting with Google Forms. Our new trainings in the updated Teacher Center are curated video trainings made by educators, for educators, with actionable steps to get started with G Suite for Education. We want to hear from you as we add more trainings and products, so submit your favorite Google for Education tips here.Based on one of the top requests from teachers last year, the free video-based curriculum Applied Digital Skills site now enables instructors to assign lessons through Classroom. Students can share in the excitement too, with the ability to track their classes, lessons and the last video they viewed in the new Student Dashboard.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Previously announced in June, at ISTEWe shared that the first tablet running the same reliable operating system as Chromebooks, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, is now shipping, and also announced a new affordable, no charging or pairing required stylus by STAEDTLER which will soon be available. Educators will soon have the ability to create a Quiz in Google Forms from Classroom and enable locked mode for distraction free testing, only on managed Chromebooks. And for all of the admins out there, make sure to check out Device Off Hours and subscribe to our revamped release notes.From all of us at Google for Education, welcome back to school. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish during this upcoming school year. Be sure to follow along on Google for Education’s Twitter and Facebook pages for more information and resources for you and your students.</body></html>

8 days ago

Browse the web in VR: Chrome launches on Daydream View from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Chrome is built to be accessed across all types of devices and platforms, regardless of what operating system you’re on. And today, we’re launching Chrome on Google Daydream View and the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream. So if you have one of these headsets, you can  launch Chrome directly from your homepage to browse and interact with any webpage while in VR.All the features you love on Chrome, from voice search to incognito mode to fast search directly in your address bar, are now accessible on your Daydream headset. But we’ve also added a few Daydream-specific features, like “cinema mode” which optimizes web video for the best viewing experience in VR. With Chrome now integrated into Daydream, you can start browsing on your phone, whether it is reading your favorite news article or watching a YouTube video, and easily switch to your headset.<figure>Access new Chrome features, like cinema mode, which are only available on your Daydream View device</figure>When you update to the latest version of Chrome on Android in Google Play, you can now launch Chrome from the home screen of your Daydream device.</body></html>

16 days ago

A milestone for Chrome security: marking HTTP as “not secure” from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Security has been one of Chrome’s core principles since the beginning—we’re constantly working to keep you safe as you browse the web. Nearly two years ago, we announced that Chrome would eventually mark all sites that are not encrypted with HTTPS as “not secure”. This makes it easier to know whether your personal information is safe as it travels across the web, whether you’re checking your bank account or buying concert tickets. Starting today, we’re rolling out these changes to all Chrome users.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">Starting in the latest version of Chrome (68), you’ll see a new “not secure” notification when visiting HTTP pages.</figcaption></figure>More encrypted connections, more securityWhen you load a website over plain HTTP, your connection to the site is not encrypted. This means anyone on the network can look at any information going back and forth, or even modify the contents of the site before it gets to you. With HTTPS, your connection to the site is encrypted, so eavesdroppers are locked out, and information (like passwords or credit card info) will be private when sent to the site.Chrome’s “not secure” warning helps you understand when the connection to the site you're on isn’t secure and, at the same time, motivates the site's owner to improve the security of their site. Since our announcement nearly two years ago, HTTPS usage has made incredible progress. We’ve found in our Transparency Reportthat:76 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up from 42 percent85 percent of Chrome traffic on ChromeOS is now protected, up from 67 percent83 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default, up from 37We knew that rolling out the warning to all HTTP pages would take some time, so we started by only marking pages without encryption that collect passwords and credit card info. Then we began showing the “not secure” warning in two additional situations: when people enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.Eventually, our goal is to make it so that the only markings you see in Chrome are when a site is not secure, and the default unmarked state is secure. We will roll this out over time, starting by removing the “Secure” wording in September 2018. And in October 2018, we’ll start showing a red “not secure” warning when users enter data on HTTP pages.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">In October’s version of Chrome (70), you’ll see a red “not secure” notifications when you enter data on an HTTP page.</figcaption></figure>Making encryption easyIf you’re a site owner looking to migrate (or build!) your site on HTTPS, we’ve helped make the process as simple and inexpensive as possible. Improvements include managed HTTPS for Google App Engine, required and automatic HTTPS on all .app domains, and free and automated certificates through Let’s Encrypt (Chrome is a Platinum sponsor). And if you’re in the process of migrating to HTTPS, look out for messages coming from Search Console with further information and guidance.So when you’re shopping for concert tickets or online banking, rest assured: you’ll be warned if a site is not protecting your data with HTTPS. And we’ll continue to improve Chrome’s security, to make sure you’re using the most secure browser out there.</body></html>

22 days ago

Spark student creativity with Chromebook tablets, AR, VR and more from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Editor's note: This week, we’re in Chicago at ISTE connecting with thousands of educators and introducing our latest tools and features. In this post, we dive into some features on the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and other next gen devices, designed to inspire new heights in creativity for students and teachers alike. Follow along all week for updates on Twitter and Facebook, and if you’re at ISTE, visit us at booth #1602 to learn more, say hello to our team and test out our latest classroom tools.We’re here to help teachers plan for the upcoming school year with new updates and features to Chromebooks, AR and VR, and more. Get ready to add a little more creativity into summer-syllabusing—the opportunities for sparking inventive and imaginative thinking in students have never looked brighter.Tab-ulate Future Focused LearningThe Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first Chrome OS tablet designed for education, is now on sale from resellers in the U.S., and it’s coming soon to other countries. These devices have the same speed, ease of use, manageability, shareability, security and affordability that educators are used to with Chromebooks—but in a lightweight, durable tablet. Plus, with a built-in stylus and cameras on both sides of the device, students can create imaginative multimedia projects from anywhere. USB-C charging means a cart of standard USB-chargers can handle any future model of Chromebooks.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Adventures with AR and VROver one million students explored tornadoes, planets and more through augmented reality (AR) during the Expeditions AR Pioneer Program this year, and now we’re bringing AR to the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. AR Expeditions will be available on the tablet this fall and until then, you can explore virtual reality (VR) field trips in full screen today!<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>And for all of the education developers out there with visions of using AR in your product, you’ll be able to bring AR experiences to life on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first ChromeOS device to support ARCore, coming this fall. We can’t wait to see what you create.We’ve also opened the world of VR creation to everyone through Tour Creator. Using footage from 360° cameras or picking from the huge library of existing Street View content, teachers and students can make their own VR tours. With features like annotations, ambient audio and narration, you can add details and facts into the tour. And because Tour Creator is a web-based application, anyone can start experimenting and creating their own VR experiences—with no prior knowledge or experience—on any Chromebook, today.The New No. 2. PencilWe’ve partnered with pencil company Staedtler, a name synonymous with good-old fashioned analog learning, to develop a stylus that students can share across devices. The STAEDTLER Noris digital for Chromebook stylus requires no pairing, requires no charging or battery, and is designed with affordability in mind. Along with the annotation feature in Classroom, educators can give handwritten feedback and assign PDF worksheets that students can annotate with their stylus. Does this stylus work with other apps? App-solutely. Try Squid to sketch ideas, Jamboard to collaborate in real time, or Explain Everything to create stories and turn ideas into understanding. Expect these scribbling towards a store near you later this summer.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Now open: Chromebook off hoursMore devices and more tools mean a greater need for effective management, and we’re rolling out a range of new admin capabilities before back to school. One long-requested feature that’s available now is device off hours, which allows schools to flexibly manage “bring your own device” programs. Admins can set a schedule to allow for full device management during the school day, while certain policies will not be enforced during the evenings at home (allowing parents and other family members to use the device). Admins can check out the rest of the management features in our revamped release notes in the Chrome Help Center and can also subscribe to be informed via email.Lock n’ RollIn the past, teachers have been concerned that students get distracted, browse the web for answers or chat with other students during assessments in Google Forms Quizzes. To keep wandering pupils on task—and put educators at ease—we’re launching locked mode in Quizzes on managed Chromebooks, which locks students’ screens and prevents them from navigating away from the Quiz until they submit their answers. Once the student hits the submit button, they can resume normal use of their Chromebook. Locked mode is fully managed by teachers, which gives educators control over assessments without needing help from their IT administrator. Get ready to show what you know, because locked mode is coming to users this fall.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Our mission is to not only help teachers be more organized and efficient, but more importantly, enable them to unleash the creative potential of their students. As we continue to update and improve our Google for Education tools and devices, we encourage teachers and guardians to try out new devices and apps, and to let us know what you think. Have fun at ISTE and we’ll see you at teacher karaoke!</body></html>

about 1 month ago

Live from ISTE: 12 Google for Education launches to save time for creativity from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>6/26/18 Update: Don't forget to check out our deep dives into the exciting Classroom and Chromebook news we shared this week.On the first day of ISTE, Google for Education gives to you: 12 updates to help teachers save time and spark creativity in their students. By releasing educators of time-consuming tasks, these new features and tools will enhance teachers’ ability to organize courses, increase collaboration with students, and unleash creativity in the classroom. Stay tuned for a deeper look at some of these announcements throughout this week.1. Locked mode in Quizzes in Google FormsTo keep students focused and distraction-free during tests and quizzes, we’re launching locked mode in Google Forms this fall. Available on managed Chromebooks, locked mode prevents students from navigating away from the Quiz until they submit their answers. Teachers will be able to enable locked mode with a simple checkbox, giving them full control over assessments.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>2. Now Classroom works like you doWe’re improving Classroom to give teachers more control over how they organize everything from assignments to class rosters. It’s the same Classroom that educators know, with new pages designed to help teachers and students find what they need faster than ever. This fall, we’re introducing the Classwork page, which lets teachers organize assignments and questions by grouping them into modules and units. Teachers will be able to create and manage assignments and questions from the Classwork page. This gives class content its own space in Classroom, and allows the Stream to be used for class conversation.We’re also introducing a People page to give teachers a unified place to manage students, co-teachers and guardians, and a new Settings page where teachers can add a class description, change the course code, and control overall Classroom settings.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>3. Create Quizzes from ClassroomSoon, teachers will be able to create and assign a Forms Quiz directly from Classroom—saving educators time and streamlining the assignment process. Quizzes lets teachers create questions, grade by question or by student, auto grade checkbox and multiple choice grid questions, and include feedback to answers for a personalized learning experience. And teachers can import grades from Quizzes right back into Classroom.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>4. Chromebooks, now in tablet formThe Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet running the same reliable operating system as Chromebooks, is now available. Teachers told us they wanted the same speed, ease of use, manageability, shareability, security and affordability that they’re used to with Chromebooks—but in a lightweight, durable tablet. With built-in stylus, cameras on both sides, ultra-fast USB-C charging, a wide array of apps, Expeditions VR, and Expeditions AR this fall, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 brings learning to life.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>5. The Chromebook stylus by STAEDTLERWe’ve partnered with STAEDTLER to create a stylus that’s useful for both teachers and students—and doesn’t break the bank. This stylus requires no pairing or charging, and is designed with affordability in mind. Using the stylus, educators can give visual feedback in Classroom, as well as assign PDF worksheets that students can annotate by hand. The STAEDTLER Noris digital for Chromebook works with a wide array of apps and will be available later this summer.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>6. Get your class jamming with JamboardJamboard, the interactive whiteboard, is coming to the classroom with new educational pricing and the free companion app. The app works with or without a Jamboard unit, and runs on all touch and mobile devices, including convertible Chromebooks supporting Android Apps and the Acer Chromebook Tab 10.7. Learning with virtual realityStudents and educators have been daydreaming about making their own virtual reality experiences, and now that’s possible with Tour Creator. This new VR tool lets anyone easily create virtual reality tours using footage from 360° cameras or the huge library of existing Street View content and view their tours on Poly. You can customize your tour using templates, ambient audio, and narration support to help teacher and students craft the perfect tour. And because Tour Creator is a web-based application, anyone can use it to create VR experiences—no prior knowledge or experience necessary. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">See how one school in Lancaster, PA, is using Tour Creator to share why they love where they live with new friends across the world.</figcaption></figure>8. Making math with Google EarthEver wonder how far your hometown is from the North Pole? Or if the Forbidden City is bigger than the Palace of Versailles? Starting today, educators can make their math lesson a bit more fun by asking students to measure distances between cities or the area of historical sites—right in Google Earth. The new Measure Tool is now available onChrome today, onAndroid this week and coming soon to iOS. We’re also adding new teacher-authored stories to Google Earth, like Buildings Inspired by Nature, Modern Human Migration and Blue Gold. Our Lakes. Our Lives., to help students understand the wider world around them.<figure>School playground<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">How big is the school playground?</figcaption></figure><figure>Colorado vs. Utah<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Which is bigger - Colorado or Utah?</figcaption></figure><figure>Timbuktu and Tokyo<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">What’s the distance between Timbuktu and Tokyo?</figcaption></figure><figure>Football stadium<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Test your mapping skills …. How big is this football stadium? And who’s going to take first place?!</figcaption></figure><figure>Buildings inspired by nature<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Buildings Inspired by Nature</figcaption></figure><figure>Modern Human Migration<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Modern Human Migration</figcaption></figure><figure>The Great Lakes<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Blue Gold. Our Lakes. Our Lives.</figcaption></figure>9. Introducing the Teacher CenterJust in time to check off professional development from summertime bucket lists, we’re unveiling our new Teacher Center. Formerly called the Training Center, this updated hub is a one-stop-shop for training materials, resources, certifications and communities of educators. Teachers can search Google’s library of resources to find exactly what they need, when they need it.10. CS First curriculum updatesFor teachers looking for new Computer Science (CS) curriculum for the upcoming school year, our CS First curriculum is completely free and now aligned with ISTE and CSTA standards. Video lessons guide students in grades 4-8 through engaging activities where they both learn and practice basic computer science principles across themes such as art, music and fashion. Teachers don’t need to have any CS education or experience to teach CS First, as the curriculum includes lesson plans and supporting materials that are free and available to anyone.11. New lessons in Applied Digital SkillsApplied Digital Skills is a free, project-based curriculum that includes video lessons designed to teach students the digital skills they’ll need for the future. We’ve added brand new units for middle and high school students that teach practical skills like how to research colleges or create a resume in Google Docs. The full curriculum includes several modular lessons that are flexible enough to use in just one class period, or across an entire semester, and can now be assigned directly from Classroom.12. Be Internet Awesome: Program updates and two new languagesBe Internet Awesome helps kids learn how to be safe, confident explorers of the online world. Based on a ton of helpful feedback we’ve received from educators, we’re excited to share expansions to our educator curriculum, an updated Interland game that better reinforces our lessons, and new resources for educators and parents, including interactive slides built with Pear Deck. Be Internet Awesome is also now available in two new languages—Spanish and Portuguese—across the U.S. and Latin America.<figure class="article-image--medium h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--4 h-c-grid__col--offset-4 "></figure>We hope these updates help educators cultivate an engaging, learning-driven classroom and help unleash creativity in their students. If you’re at ISTE this week, visit us at booth #1602 to learn more, say hello to our team and test out our latest tools. You can also follow along all week for updates on Twitter and Facebook.We look forward to collaborating with you to make the 2018-2019 school year the best one yet! Until then, we wish you a happy, well-deserved summer break.</body></html>

about 1 month ago

Chromebooks are ready for your next coding project from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>This year we’re making it possible for you to code on Chromebooks. Whether it’s building an app or writing a quick script, Chromebooks will be ready for your next coding project.Last year we announced a new generation of Chromebooks that were designed to work with your favorite apps from the Google Play store, helping to bring accessible computing to millions of people around the world. But it’s not just about access to technology, it’s also about access to the tools that create it. And that’s why we’re equipping developers with more tools on Chromebooks.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "></figure>Support for Linux will enable you to create, test and run Android and web app for phones, tablets and laptops all on one Chromebook. Run popular editors, code in your favorite language and launch projects to Google Cloud with the command-line. Everything works directly on a Chromebook.Linux runs inside a virtual machine that was designed from scratch for Chromebooks. That means it starts in seconds and integrates completely with Chromebook features. Linux apps can start with a click of an icon, windows can be moved around, and files can be opened directly from apps.Starting today you’ll be able to preview Android Studio and other Linux apps on Google Pixelbook. Remember to tune in to Google I/O to learn more about Linux on Chromebooks, as well as more exciting announcements. </body></html>

3 months ago

Improving Autoplay in Chrome from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>For many, Chrome is more than a browser—it’s also a TV, phone, radio, and jukebox for the wide range of media experiences the web has to offer. And when you hit your favorite pump-up playlist, you want to get right to it instead of having to hit “play” every time.At the same time, you probably don’t like it when you click on a link, land on a website, and it automatically plays sound that you weren’t expecting. In fact, in Chrome a significant number of autoplays are paused, muted, or have their tab closed within six seconds by people who don’t want them. That’s why we’re announcing a new policy on Chrome desktop to block unwanted autoplays.Chrome does this by learning your preferences. If you don’t have browsing history, Chrome allows autoplay for over 1,000 sites where we see that the highest percentage of visitors play media with sound. As you browse the web, that list changes as Chrome learns and enables autoplay on sites where you play media with sound during most of your visits, and disables it on sites where you don’t. This way, Chrome gives you a personalized, predictable browsing experience.As you teach Chrome, you may find that you need to click “play” every now and then, but overall the new policy blocks about half of unwanted autoplays, so you will have fewer surprises and less unwanted noise when you first arrive at a website. The policy is enabled in the latest version of Chrome—update today and try it out.</body></html>

3 months ago

Harness your Chromebook’s super(charging) powers from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Chromebooks are known and loved for their long battery life, but alas, sometimes you can lose your charger. So the Chrome OS team had a few sparks of creativity to generate renewable ways to keep your Chromebook running anywhere.Wind powerNext time you’re tap-tapping away on your Chromebook and the low-battery light comes on to taunt you, do the sensible thing: visit the nearest wind tunnel—or, better yet, wind farm—for some free, non-polluting electricity. Pro tip: hold on tight. A full battery is useless if your device gets blown away and smashed to bits.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "></figure>Solar powerPut summer days to work for you: place your Chromebook in direct sunlight and watch the power level rise. Think of it as a fun-size solar panel. We estimate that 10 minutes should get you going for a good five hours. Unless you use sunblock. That’ll negate all the benefits and leave you with a greasy laptop.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "></figure>Compost powerA plant-based diet is excellent fuel for your body, but who knew that our leafy friends could provide juice to machines, too? Next time you're tending the garden, take your Chromebook charger along and watch the battery level grow like a weed.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>We hope these alternative-energy sources make it even more convenient to take your Chromebook anywhere and everywhere. Explore the world around you without ever running low on charge!Update April 2: April Fools! You can’t use these sources of energy to power your Chromebook—though we always strive to make it even more convenient to take your Chromebook anywhere and everywhere!</body></html>

5 months ago

Chromebook tablets for versatile learning from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>This past January, students in Kristine Kuwano and Bonnie Chow's third grade classrooms were buzzing with excitement at De Vargas Elementary School in Cupertino, CA. Tasked with writing out math equations to upload to Google Classroom, the students grabbed their new tablets from the cart, pulled out the stylus, and logged into Chrome. “They love technology and they have grown up working with touch devices, so tablets are intuitive for them,” said Kuwano.Since their debut, schools have chosen Chromebooks because they are fast, easy-to-use and manage, shareable, secure and affordable. We've listened carefully to feedback from educators around the world, and one common theme is that they want all the benefits of Chromebooks in a tablet form.Starting today, with the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10, we're doing just that. It’s the first education tablet made for Chrome OS, and gives schools the easy management and shareability of Chromebook laptops. With touch and stylus functionality, this lightweight device is perfect for students creating multimedia projects—and also comes with a world of immersive experiences with Google Expeditions AR.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">The new Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is easy to pass around the room from student to student.</figcaption></figure>Shareable, secure, and easy to manageWhether overseeing 100 or 100,000 devices, IT admins can manage these new Chromebook tablets alongside other Chrome devices with the Chrome Education license. This lets students access everything they need to learn, while giving admins control from a single, scalable console.Because Chrome OS lets students securely share devices, Chromebook tablets are perfect for computer carts. Just like Chromebook laptops, students can quickly and securely log on to any device for a personalized learning experience and just as easily log out from all apps when class is over. Verified boot checks security at every boot and all user data is encrypted, making each Chromebook tablet secure and shareable.<section class="h-c-grid">What’s awesome is we can manage these new Chromebook tablets like we manage our existing Chromebook laptops—all on one platform. We don’t have to move between different interfaces. I manage my Chromebooks here, my tablets here, all as one big fleet. Mark Loundy Instructional Technology Specialist, De Vargas</section>Think outside the desk(top): touch, stylus and ExpeditionsThese new Chromebook tablets are lightweight and durable, allowing students to collaborate, create and learn from anywhere. They come with a low-cost Chromebook stylus inside that doesn’t require charging or pairing. The stylus uses advanced machine learning to predict student writing for a natural writing experience.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">De Vargas Elementary School student upgrades from No.2 pencil to the wireless stylus for Acer Chromebook Tab 10.</figcaption></figure>Coming soon, teachers can take students on Google Expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, the Colosseum, and even to the International Space Station—all from the screens of their Chrome devices. And with Expeditions AR, students will be able to stare into the eye of a miniature Category 5 hurricane or get up close with a strand of DNA.Apps for every subjectLearning apps come to life in new ways when students have the flexibility of touchscreens, styluses and tablets. Student scientists can collect field notes in Science Journal and aspiring podcast producers can record and edit stories on the go with Soundtrap. Here are a few more apps that educators love to use with tablets: Get hands-on with handwriting: Students can use their stylus to jot down notes in Google Keep without the hassle of keeping track of (and losing) paper. In Squid, students can write directly on PDFs, and “paper” types like blank, wide-ruled, and grid. With the annotation feature in Google Classroom, teachers can illustrate complex concepts and give visual feedback, as well as assign PDF worksheets that students can annotate by hand.Use your tablet in every class: For educators, creative apps like Adobe Illustrator Draw turn the classroom into a design studio, and let students and teachers draw and create vector designs. Teaching math or science? Apps like Texthelp EquatIO let students show their work by hand writing any math expression and adding it to a Google Doc in one click. Coding apps like Scratch Jr introduce younger students to the foundations of computational thinking, while enabling them to be creators.Bring ideas to life: Amplify storytelling and allow students to animate their thinking on an infinitely interactive and collaborative whiteboard with Explain Everything. Book Creator lets students create and publish multimedia books, and WeVideo turns the classroom into a movie studio with features like collaborative editing and green screen. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 comes with support for these and hundreds of other learning applications from our ever-growing catalog of apps in the Play Store. See a sample of other learning apps on Google Play.No one knows what’s needed in the classroom more than teachers. As we continue to grow Chromebooks, we encourage educators and parents to try out new devices and apps, and let us know what you think. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will be on sale through education resellers this spring—check with your local reseller for more information.</body></html>

5 months ago

Simple music-making for everyone from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>We started Chrome Music Lab to make learning music more accessible to everyone through fun, hands-on experiments. And we’ve loved hearing from teachers who have been using it in exciting ways, like exploring music and its connections to science, math, art, dance, and more.For this year’s Music in Our Schools Month, we’ve added a new experiment to the website called Song Maker. It’s a simple way for anyone to make a song, then share it with a link—no need to log in or make an account. Anyone can instantly hear what you made, and even riff on it to make their own song. It lives on the web, so you don’t need to install any apps to try it. And, it works across devices—phones, tablets, computers.Check it out here and have fun making some music.</body></html>

6 months ago

The browser for a web worth protecting from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>The web is an incredible asset. It’s an engine for innovation, a platform for sharing, and a universal gateway to information. When we built Chrome, we wanted to create a way for people to interact with the magic that is the web, without the browser getting in the way. We created a browser that took up minimal space on your screen, made the omnibar so you could quickly search or get directly to a website, and built our pop-up blocker to help you avoid unwanted content. Since then we’ve also added features such as Safe Browsing, pausing autoplay Flash and more—all aimed at protecting your experience of the web.Your feedback has always played a critical part in the development of Chrome. This feedback has shown that a big source of frustration is annoying ads: video ads that play at full blast or giant pop-ups where you can’t seem to find the exit icon. These ads are designed to be disruptive and often stand in the way of people using their browsers for their intended purpose—connecting them to content and information. It’s clear that annoying ads degrade what we all love about the web. That’s why starting on February 15, Chrome will stop showing all ads on sites that repeatedly display these most disruptive ads after they’ve been flagged. More technical details about this change can be found on the Chromium blog.To determine which ads not to show, we’re relying on the Better Ads Standards from the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group dedicated to improving the experience of the ads we see on the web. It’s important to note that some sites affected by this change may also contain Google ads. To us, your experience on the web is a higher priority than the money that these annoying ads may generate—even for us.The web is an ecosystem composed of consumers, content producers, hosting providers, advertisers, web designers, and many others. It’s important that we work to maintain a balance—and if left unchecked, disruptive ads have the potential to derail the entire system. We’ve already seen more and more people express their discontent with annoying ads by installing ad blockers, but blocking all ads can hurt sites or advertisers who aren’t doing anything disruptive. By focusing on filtering out disruptive ad experiences, we can help keep the entire ecosystem of the web healthy, and give people a significantly better user experience than they have today.We believe these changes will not only make Chrome better for you, but also improve the web for everyone. The web is a vital part of our day-to-day. And as new technologies push the web forward, we’ll continue working to build a better, more vibrant ecosystem dedicated to bringing you only the best experiences.</body></html>

6 months ago

All types of Chromebooks for all types of learners from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Editor's note: This week our Google for Education team will be joining thousands of educators at Bett in London. At our booth, C230, you can explore a range of Chromebooks, including devices that flip from laptop to tablet, integrate with a stylus and have world facing cameras. Follow along on The Keyword and Twitter for the latest news and updates.In late 2017, a snowstorm clobbered Wheatley Park School, a secondary school just east of Oxford, England. Determined to continue learning despite the snow, teachers grabbed their Chromebooks and sent a message through Google Classroom to students at home stating “learning must go on!”In the following days, teachers broadcast live lessons (much to the dismay of would-be sledders) using touchscreen Chromebooks. They used Cast for Education to share screens, and recorded everything so students could watch later with a cup of cocoa in hand. Having Chromebooks “was wonderful to not only satisfy parents but also, genuinely, for learning not to halt,” said Head Teacher, Mr. Martin.The ability to adapt to unexpected learning scenarios and a wide variety of learning styles is a cornerstone of Chromebooks. At Bett, we’re excited to announce a diverse lineup of 2018 Chromebooks including two next generation Chromebooks: the Lenovo 500e Chromebook and Dell Chromebook 11 2-in-1 5190. With cameras on two sides, stylus capability, larger screens, Intel® Celeron™ processors and laptops that flip into tablets, these Chromebooks are designed to be flexible for students with tools to learn in the way that’s right for them. We are also announcing a range of 2018 Chromebooks from Acer, HP, Dell, Asus and Lenovo in many shapes, sizes and price points, so there’s a device that works for every learner. Check out ourChromebook education site in the coming weeks.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Everyone learning everywhereAs the variety of Chromebooks has expanded, so too has the range of students using them to learn. Today, we’re excited to announce that more than 25 million teachers and students are using Chromebooks for education globally and 30 million teachers and students are using Google Classroom, along with the 80 million using G Suite for Education. Schools in more countries are choosing to use Chromebooks, and we’ve seen educators around the world employ the simplicity of these tools to bring the best learning opportunities to their students.<section class="h-c-grid">More than 25 million teachers and students are using Chromebooks for education globally and 30 million teachers and students are using Google Classroom, along with the 80 million using G Suite for Education.</section><figure class="article-image--full article-module "></figure>How schools around the world use Chromebooks for STEAMWheatley Park is an example of how determined teachers without a big budget can change how students learn. Extreme weather aside, Wheatley Park makes learning more than productive—it’s creative. In math class, students solve problems on Chromebook touch screens in an app developed by the instructor. Chemistry students use wireless temperature and PH probes with their Chromebooks and the SPARKvue app to collect, analyze, and visualize data all in one place. Instead of a more traditional whiteboard, students take notes using Sketch—then the notes are filed away in Google Keep where they’re never lost.<figure>WheatleyParkJan15(185of224).JPG<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Students flip their Chromebooks from laptop to tablet mode for hands-on learning.</figcaption></figure><figure>WheatleyParkJan15(174of224).JPG<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Students collaborate on a project using a Chromebook and two styluses.</figcaption></figure><figure>WheatleyParkJan15(105of224).JPG<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Wheatley Park students use their Chromebooks to build molecular models in chemistry class.</figcaption></figure><figure>WheatleyParkJan15(76of224).JPG<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">A student at Wheatley Park records data directly to his Chromebook during a science experiment.</figcaption></figure><figure>20171215-Google EDU-Ames Iowa-1435.jpg<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">With Chromebooks, students of all ages can practice communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skills.</figcaption></figure><figure>20171215-Google EDU-Ames Iowa-1275.jpg<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">Students from Ames Community School District work with physical programming tools that integrate with Chromebooks.</figcaption></figure>Educators in the Ames Community School district in Iowa, U.S., take advantage of Chromebook features like touch screens, stylus and Android apps to reimagine learning and get students into STEAM. Using Tinkercad, middle school students design, proof, and 3D print their own projects with Chromebooks and four 3D printers. These students manipulate designs on touchscreen Chromebooks for in-class projects and in “Tinker Tutorials” during their free time to design a lightsaber or whatever tool they can dream up.<section class="h-c-grid">In the past you taught theory, but this course is designed around discovery and inquiry. This is their language. This is their learning style. Mr. Willie Lodermeier 8th grade science, Ames, Iowa, US.</section>Elementary school students at the Ames school district also use Chromebooks for STEAM. Kindergarteners use their “magic pencils” (as they call stylus pens) to write on their screens and practice counting. First graders open the day’s lesson in Google Classroom by rewriting some code cleverly disguised as a game in the Scratch app. Groups of three and four students use Hummingbird robotics kits and their Chromebooks to bring to life all sorts of loud, blinking, and walking creations. They take turns programming and reprogramming with Sphero (round and rolling robots—think headless BB-8s) and driving them around a racetrack.We’re constantly inspired by educators who use technology to delight students and engage them more deeply in learning. Stay tuned on The Keyword and Twitter for more shared stories from educators throughout 2018.</body></html>

7 months ago

A new year for Chrome video from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body><figure class="article-image--wrap-small "></figure>Every day, people watch 30,000 years worth of video in Chrome. That’s a lot of video! Watch time grew significantly over the last year—not only because of viral YouTube hits, but also because of the creation of new video experiences around the world.For example, Jio Cinema and Forbes give people high-quality video without requiring them to install an app. In India, Voot Go allows bus riders to watch web video on their devices without an internet connection. And sites like WITHIN let people explore 360-degree videos not just from their mobile device or laptop, but also in virtual reality.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Web videos are pretty amazing, and there’s a lot going on behind the scenes in Chrome to make them pop. For example, Chrome’s Data Saver helps you enjoy high quality video without racking up a huge bill—last year alone, it saved people more than 200 petabytes of mobile video data, enough to store 1,000 copies of all the books ever written, in every language. These data savings let you watch high-quality video, even on poor networks. And we’re going to save even more — Google as part of the Alliance for Open Media is working on a new way to deliver even higher quality video while using less data.Because people are using Chrome to watch videos in new formats and in new places, they need an easy way to hit play or pause, rewind or fast forward. That’s why last year, we added picture-in-picture playback to Chrome on Android, and better video and audio controls from both the lock screen and notifications. These changes let you enjoy your media while doing other things, makes it easier to know what’s playing, and helps resolve the “Where’s the stop button!?” panic when you forget to plug in your headphones at the library. Chrome also now helps you avoid unwanted noises by letting you mute sites, and later this year, we’ll give you more control over autoplay.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Looking forward, to support the next generation of video experiences, we’ve begun adding support for High Dynamic Range (HDR). This means you can get vibrant colors, darker blacks, and brighter whites from the latest HDR displays. HDR support is now available on Windows 10, and more platforms are coming soon. Also coming soon is the official release of VR on the web, and after enjoying the first immersive web experiments we’re looking forward to what sites do in the coming year.The Chrome media team’s mission is to help the world enjoy the best quality video experience on the web, and 2017 was a big year for us. We have even more exciting improvements in the works for 2018, and we can’t wait for you to try them out! </body></html>

7 months ago

Reflecting on a year’s worth of Chrome security improvements from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>In the next few weeks, you’ll probably be spending lots of time online buying gifts for your friends, family and “extended family” (your dog, duh). And as always, you want to do so securely. Picking the perfect present is hard enough; you shouldn’t have to worry about staying safe while you’re shopping.Security has always been a top priority for Chrome, and this year we made a bunch of improvements to help keep your information even safer, and encourage sites across the web to become more secure as well. We’re giving you a rundown of those upgrades today, so that you can concentrate on buying the warmest new slippers for your dad or the perfect new holiday sweater for your dog in the next few weeks.More protection from dangerous and deceptive sitesFor years, Google Safe Browsing has scanned the web looking for potential dangers—like sites with malware or phishing schemes that try to steal your personal information—and warned users to steer clear. This year, we announced that Safe Browsing protects more than 3 billion devices, and in Chrome specifically, shows 260 million warnings before users can visit dangerous sites every month.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>We’re constantly working to improve Safe Browsing and we made really encouraging progress this year, particularly with mobile devices. Safe Browsing powers the warnings we now show in Gmail’s Android and iOS mobile apps after a user clicks a link to a phishing site. We brought Safe Browsing to Android WebView (which Android apps sometimes use to open web content) in Android Oreo, so even web browsing inside other apps is safer. We also brought the new mobile-optimized Safe Browsing protocol to Chrome, which cuts 80 percent of the data used by Safe Browsing and helps Chrome stay lean.In case you do download a nastygram, this year we’ve also redesigned and upgraded the Chrome Cleanup Tool with technology from IT company ESET. Chrome will alert you if we detect unwanted software, to remove the software and get you back in good hands.Making the web safer, for everyoneOur security work helps protect Chrome users, but we’ve also pursued projects to help secure the web as a whole. Last year, we announced that we would mark sites that are not encrypted (i.e., served over HTTP) as “not secure” in Chrome. Since then, we’ve seen a marked increase in HTTPS usage on the web, especially with some of the web’s top sites:<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>If you’re researching gifts at a coffee shop or airport, you might be connecting to unfamiliar Wi-Fi which could be risky if the sites you’re visiting are not using the secure HTTPS protocol. With HTTPS, you can rest assured that the person sitting next to you can’t see or meddle with everything you’re doing on the Wi-Fi network. HTTPS ensures your connection is encrypted and your data is safe from eavesdroppers regardless of which Wi-Fi network you’re on.An even stronger sandboxChrome has never relied on just one protection to secure your data. We use a layered approach with many different safeguards, including a sandbox—a feature that isolates different tabs in your browser so that if there’s a problem with one, it won’t affect the others. In the past year, we’ve added an additional sandbox layer to Chrome on Android and improved Chrome’s sandboxing on Windows and Android WebView.So, if you’ve entered your credit card to purchase doggy nail polish in one Chrome tab, and you’ve inadvertently loaded a misbehaving or malicious site in another tab the sandbox will isolate that bad tab, and your credit card details will be protected.Improving our browser warnings to keep you even saferIt should always be easy to know if you might be in danger online, and what you can do to get back to safety. Chrome communicates these risks in a variety of different ways, from a green lock for a secure HTTPS connection, to a red triangle warning if an attacker might be trying to steal your information.By applying insights from new research that we published this year, we were able to improve or remove 25 percent of all HTTPS warnings Chrome users see. These improvements mean fewer false alarms, so you see warnings only when you really need them.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">Some of Chrome’s HTTPS warnings (on the left) are actually caused by reasons unrelated to security—in this case, the user's clock was set to the wrong time. We’ve made the warnings more precise (on the right) to better explain what’s going on and how to fix it.</figcaption></figure>Unfortunately, our research didn’t help users avoid dog-grooming dangers. This is a very challenging problem that requires further analysis.A history of strong securitySecurity has been a core pillar of Chrome since the very beginning. We’re always tracking our own progress, but outside perspectives are a key component of strong protections too.The security research community has been key to strengthening Chrome security. We are extremely appreciative of their work—their reports help keep our users safer. We’ve given $4.2 million to researchers through our Vulnerability Reward Program since it launched in 2010.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Of course, we’re also happy when aren’t able to find security issues. At Pwn2Own 2017, an industry event where security professionals come together to hack browsers, Chrome remained standing while other browsers were successfully exploited.Zooming out, we worked with two top-tier security firms to independently assess Chrome’s overall security across the range of areas that are important to keep users safe. Their whitepapers found, for example, that Chrome warns users about more phishing than other major browsers, Chrome patches security vulnerabilities faster than other major browsers, and “security restrictions are best enforced in Google Chrome.” We won’t rest on these laurels, and we will never stop improving Chrome’s security protections.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>So, whether you’re shopping for a new computer, concert tickets, or some perfume for your pooch, rest assured: Chrome will secure your data with the best protections on the planet.</body></html>

9 months ago

Chromebooks are at the head of the class in Canada's K-12 schools from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Around the world, education has undergone a technological revolution. Cloud-connected devices and learning applications are shaping new ways of teaching and learning. Across Canada, school districts are using Chromebooks and G Suite for Education to expand learning opportunities for students from diverse communities and backgrounds. And now, Futuresource has reported that Chromebooks are the #1 selling educational device for Canadian K12 schools.With this news, Canada joins the U.S., Sweden, and New Zealand, where Chromebooks are also the top devices used in classrooms. Futuresource Associate Director Mike Fisher says that the offering of Chromebooks, combined with productivity tools and a management console for IT staff, means that “a growing number of schools are turning to Google when bringing technology into the classroom.”<figure class="article-image--full article-module "></figure>Here are a few examples of how districts across Canada are using Google’s educational tools:Giving schools more choice and flexibilityToronto District School Board, the largest district in Canada, leaves technology purchases up to individual schools. Chromebook usage has soared across the district to 20,000 devices since the first pilot purchases in early 2015. “Hundreds of schools are purchasing Chromebooks out of local school technology budgets,” says Kevin Bradbeer, the school board’s senior manager of client relations. “We're seeing grassroots decisions to choose this platform over three or four other choices.”Both students and teachers appreciate the quickness of Chromebooks. Bradbeer says students power up their Chromebooks in seconds, so they can get right to work in class.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">Students collaborating on Chromebooks at an elementary-junior high school in Edmonton.</figcaption></figure>Affordable devices that bring powerful computing to all studentsTheUpper Grand School District Board, in Guelph, Ontario, purchased 4,000 Chromebooks in 2013 for special-education students, but found that other students consistently borrowed the Chromebooks to bring into their classrooms. Bill Mackenzie, an Upper Grand information and communication technology consultant says that special-needs students are the “tip of the spear for technology, because if it helps them, it will help everybody.” The district now has 15,000 Chromebooks, about one for every two students, and the number continues to increase.Edmonton Public Schools has nearly 100,000 students. About 25% of students are immigrants or refugees and part of the district’s diverse English Language Learner population. “Equity of access to technology is a challenge, for sure,” says Terry Korte, a supervisor in District Technology. “We try to avoid the fads and stick with the things that make the biggest difference for teachers and their students.” Chromebooks have helped to make that difference in Edmonton since 2012.The large Alberta district now has over 46,000 Chromebooks, which was the school’s catalyst for moving into the cloud and using G Suite for Education. “Our goal is to have technology in the hands of students when and where they need it,” Korte adds.Easy access to a world of apps and contentFrom a teacher’s perspective, Chromebooks help students learn more effectively by giving them access to a world of educational content. “Chromebooks are inherently networked, so students can find their own way to learn specific concepts online,” says Lance Pedersen, a computer and technology studies teacher at Alberta’s McNally School.At Edmonton’s Queen Elizabeth School, educators take advantage of the myriad of learning opportunities that Chromebooks and G Suite for Education provide, whether they’re teaching French or guitar.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">Students at an Edmonton elementary-junior high school code with Makey Makey on Chromebooks</figcaption></figure>These Canadian districts all cite the similar advantages that make Chromebooks and G Suite for Education the top choice for classrooms across the country. “When it comes to cost, performance, and reliability,” Toronto’s Bradbeer says, “Chromebooks really are in the sweet spot of all three.”</body></html>

10 months ago