Mentoring Minds Joins Google for Education Partner Program

  Mentoring Minds, a leading provider of K12 instructional and critical thinking materials, today announced it has been certified as a Google for Education Integrated Solutions Partner, integrating the ThinkUp! Standards Mastery System with Google Classroom. This collaboration simplifies the process of managing assignments and synchronizing students’ grades and schedules.

“Whether instruction is taking place online, in-person or a mix of both, districts are working tirelessly to create effective learning environments, and it’s our goal to support them in the process,” said Shad Madsen, CEO at Mentoring Minds. “As a certified Google for Education partner, Mentoring Minds can make accessing coursework easier for teachers and students.”

As a Google for Education Partner, Mentoring Minds is integrating the  ThinkUp! Standards Mastery System with Google Classroom. Key features include:…Read More

Promethean Joins Google for Education Partner Program

Global education technology provider, Promethean®, announced that it has become a Google for Education Partner, integrating its ClassFlow® software with Google Classroom rostering, Google Drive, and Google Single sign-on.

ClassFlow® is a cloud-based lesson delivery software with advanced collaboration tools that empower student engagement. ActivPanel® is an interactive display series that delivers innovation and ease of use that matters to teachers and students and provides the security and manageability trusted by school IT professionals and administrators.

Promethean products work well on Chrome OS™ operating system environments, offering customers intuitive educational solutions that promote student-teacher interactivity, productivity, and engagement. Key features include:…Read More

6 tips for making the most of your Chromebooks

Before my second year of teaching, my principal suggested that I pilot a class set of 35 Chromebooks in my ninth- and 11th-grade English classes. In exchange for exclusive use of this Chromebook cart, I agreed to provide professional development on the Google for Education platform to the rest of our small staff and to simply use the devices in my classroom every day.

I was ecstatic about the possibility of transforming my classroom into a nearly paperless learning environment. I knew the potential for creativity, differentiation, and student-directed learning that one-to-one Chromebooks would offer my teaching, and I was lucky to have an administration that supported experimentation and innovation.

However, with more than 80 percent of my students qualifying for free and reduced lunch and a majority lacking access to computers at home, I worried about the feasibility of training them to use technology effectively. I didn’t want the introduction of technology to derail the respect and order I had worked hard to establish in my diverse and sometimes difficult classroom.…Read More

We used these Google tools in our schools and saw tangible results soar

Authors’ Note: We’re often asked by educators, “what impact do you see with Google technology in schools?” Last year we engaged Evergreen Education Group on a journey around the world to answer that question. During Education on Air on Sunday December 3rd, we will share the findings in Impact Portraits. These case studies demonstrate the success with Google for Education through the lens of teachers, students and administrators. To hear Linda Darling-Hammond lead a discussion on Impact Portraits, register now for Education On Air.

At Evergreen Education Group we’ve studied K-12 digital education for sixteen years. Among the most important developments we have seen is the proliferation of devices in the classroom, whether through bring-your-own-device, district-led one-to-one programs, or other channels. However, relatively little study to date has examined how devices are successfully deployed and what their impact has been.

Getting Real Input from the Ground…Read More

3 things you might not know about Google for Education

Google for Education’s James Leonard discussed the principles behind the company’s education philosophy—and he previewed a brand-new Google service to launch this fall

Google is launching a major new tool this fall as part of its Google Apps for Education suite.

What does it mean to “go Google” as a K-12 school or district? In a recent eSchool News webinar sponsored by Google, James Leonard from the Google for Education team gave an overview of the many ways the company is using open technology “to improve learning for everyone, everywhere.”

There are four key principles behind Google’s philosophy for education, Leonard said:

Empowerment: Leveraging the web to discover a world of infinite resources.…Read More

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.…Read More