As students and teachers in the US return to campuses and classrooms this fall, Google is embarking on a different kind of fresh start: a New (School) Year to help parents and kids make the most of it.
Google has put together a few resolution ideas, plus tips to help you stick to them and Google made it known that its own resolution this year for School Year is to bring the best of Google technology to education.
“Like many resolutions, ours might sound familiar—and that’s because the Google for Education team has been working on it for a while. Over the last few years, we’ve spent a lot of time with teachers and students, witnessing firsthand how technology is helping in the classroom and learning about challenges that are yet unsolved,” said Google on its new school education project.
“With feedback from schools, we’ve improved products like Google Apps for Education and Docs, building in new features specifically useful for education. We’ve also created new learning experiences like Google Classroom—a sort of mission control for teachers and students, offering a single place to keep track of all class materials, eliminating paperwork and making it easy for teachers to collaborate with students, and students to collaborate with each other,” said Miriam Schneider of Google for Education project.
As part of the resolution, Google has unveiled some new features in Google Classroom. Teachers can now easily ask students questions in Classroom, alongside all the other class materials in the stream. Teachers also told Google that they want more ways for students to engage with each other, and flex their critical thinking muscles.
So now students can comment on each other’s answers in Classroom and have open-ended discussions. In the next month, Google will make it possible for teachers to add assignments, due dates and field trips to a shared calendar.
Some of the resolutions Google has given to its fans include:
Get organized, especially when you’re bogged down by clutter, it can be tough to get stuff done. Make this your year to be more organized. Never miss another study group with help from Google Calendar. Use Google Sheets to keep all your classmates’ info in one place, and better manage your inbox by emailing everyone at once with a Google group.
Get mentally fit
Push yourself to take your studies to the next level. Teach yourself how to code with Made with Code. Make the most of language class by saving your most used words and phrases with Google Translate or magically translating webpages with Google Chrome.
Get some worldly perspective
Not studying abroad this year? No problem. You can still unleash your inner explorer with Google Maps Treks and visit the Pyramids of Giza or the Great Barrier Reef without leaving your room. Or bring your art history class to life by seeing those masterpieces up close and in perfect detail with Cultural Institute.
Schneider wrote: “Over the last few years, we’ve spent a lot of time with teachers and students, witnessing firsthand how technology is helping in the classroom and learning about challenges that are yet unsolved.”