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Which Google for Education resource is right for you?

Google’s education resources offer something for educators and students of all levels and interests

google-educationGoogle is no stranger to education. But the number of resources and tools available to teachers and students can overwhelm even the most experienced educators.

Google for Education focuses on anytime, anywhere learning for all students, teachers, and administrators. Different solutions, apps, and tools aim to address teaching and learning at all levels.

Here, we’ve gathered a number of Google for Education resources to help you explore how you might enhance your school. Read on to find out which tool or solution might be best for your own needs.

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Google for Education Tools

The Google Chromebooks for Education program is rapidly increasing in popularity. Chromebooks start at $249 and boast quick start-up speeds and a long battery life. They’re managed via a web-based approach. Chromebooks meet hardware and operating system requirements for online student assessments and have been verified by both Common Core assessment consortia, Smarter Balanced and PARCC. Students and teachers can access educational apps in the Chrome Web Store.

Tablets with Google Play for Education gives teachers and students access to thousands of apps, K-12 reading materials, and YouTube Edu. Using Google Play for Education, a school-specific version of Google Play, educators can browse lesson materials by grade, subject, and standard. They’re able to distribute content to individual teachers or students, to classrooms, or to an entire district.

Google Apps for Education includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Site and Documents, and more–all for free. More than 30 million students, faculty, and staff across the globe use Apps for Education. Using Docs, students can work together on projects in real time, during school and at home. Administrators can manage account permissions from any browser, and educators can customize security settings and features.

Google for Education offers a plethora of education programs for all, from educators and K-12 students to higher education students.

Google Code-in is a content that introduces students ages 13-17 to open source software development.

Google’s High School Symposium is a one-day program that connects high-achieving school seniors with business skills before they enter college.

Code Jam is a global programming competition. It invites professional programmers and student programmers to solve complex algorithmic problems in a multi-round structure.

Summer of Code offers post-secondary student developers, ages 18 and older, stipends to write code for a variety of open source software projects.

The Google Teacher Academy offers educators a professional development experience that aims to help educators use Google technologies to their full potential.

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