Introducing G Suite for Education

A new name for Google Apps: G Suite

Presented by Jonathan Rochelle
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION

G Suite for Education is the same set of apps that you know and love—Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more— but designed with new intelligent features that make work easier and bring teachers and students together.

Smarter spreadsheets

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We launched Explore in Google Sheets to help summarize spreadsheet data with automated charts and insights. But many students might not experience the full value of spreadsheets because they can’t write formulas. This is a case of the computer requiring you to speak its language. Machine intelligence turns this upside down, so now the computer understands your language. Students can simply enter a question using natural language and Explore in Google Sheets will use Natural Language Processing to translate the question into a formula and offer an instant answer.

Smarter documents

We’ve also added Explore in Google Docs with machine intelligence to automatically recommend related topics to learn about, images to insert, and more content to discover. Students can even use Explore in Google Docs to find a related document from Drive, so they spend less time switching between apps and more time polishing their assignments.  And educators will be happy to hear that image searches performed using Explore limit results to those that comply with SafeSearch and are approved for use with Creative Commons.

Smarter presentations

For students, making a presentation inspiring can be a lot of work. Often, students spend more time formatting slides than thinking creatively about the story they want to tell. Now, as students add content to a presentation, Explore in Google Slides dynamically offers layout suggestions that help the content shine. In just a couple of clicks, students can create polished presentations that bring their ideas to life. The best thing about these intelligent features is that they’ll continue to learn and improve over time the more they’re used, and save students even more time tomorrow than they save them today.

Smarter scheduling

Finding time to meet with other teachers can be hard, especially when the list of people and locations you’re coordinating starts to grow. Google Calendar uses machine intelligence to help you easily find a time when invitees are free, and it also suggests available rooms based on your previous bookings. And, when the list of invitees grows long and no times are available, Calendar will suggest times across the group where the conflicts are easiest to resolve, such as recurring 1:1 meetings.

Learn more about the new name and features.

Upcoming November Workshop: Google Apps Online Orientation

Google  Apps Workshop Notice

In this one-hour online training session, faculty and staff will be oriented to the online Google Apps workshop to review using Google Gmail and Google Calendar.

Seating is limited – - complete the Registration Form to reserve your seat by November 3rd! Select one (1) session:

  • November 10th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon
  • November 17th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

If you have questions about the workshop, contact:

Mernathan Sykes
sykesm@matc.edu
414-297-6890

 

Upcoming Blackboard & Google Apps Workshops for May

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All faculty are invited to attend any of the following workshops at the Milwaukee Campus’s Faculty Innovation Center to learn how to use Blackboard and Google Apps tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective.

Blackboard End of Semester Process

At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to download course grades, make their courses unavailable to students, and archive their semester courses. Participants will be introduced to using Personal Masters to store a master copy of a course on Blackboard for reuse and revision.

Date & Time Location Leader
Mon. May 16th, 11AM-12PM Mequon Campus, Room A280 Stephanie McKennie
Thurs. May 19th, 1PM-2PM Oak Creek Campus, Room B165 Doni Bartley

Blackboard Grade Center – Ask the Trainer

In this one hour workshop, faculty may ask questions and get assistance regarding working in their Blackboard course Grade Centers. Bring your questions and get help with what you need to get your grading done. Remember – final grades are due in INFOnline on May 23rd by 5:00 PM.

Date & Time Location Leader
Mon. May 16th, 11AM-12PM Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A Pablo Muirhead

Blackboard Grade Center - Ask the Trainer

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops for March

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All faculty are invited to attend any of the following workshops to learn how to use Blackboard tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. Please use our workshop reservation form to save your seat.


Setting Up Blackboard Grade Center

At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to: access a course Grade Center, create columns for assignments, created weighted grades, and learn how the Grade Center can help you and your students keep tabs on their learning progress.

Date & Time Location Leader
Weds. March 9th, 11AM-12PM Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A Pablo Muirhead

Google Apps Workshop

During this one-hour session, participants will review using Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs to enhance their productivity and teaching practice.

Date & Time Location Leader
Tues. March 22nd, 11AM-12PM Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A Mernathan Sykes

West Allis Campus to Host Blackboard Workshops Soon!

West Allis Blackboard Workshop Schedule

Faculty working at the West Allis campus who have questions about Blackboard or Google Apps are highly encouraged to attend these workshops in September and October, provided by your faculty peer support representative  Erin Dischler! No registration is required.

Archive Process

Come to this session to learn how to perform the archive process to save a copy of your courses from last fall. This is important because last fall’s courses will be permanently deleted from Blackboard on September 30th at 8AM (CST)

Ask the Trainer: Blackboard & Google Apps

Come to this open session to get your questions about Blackboard or Google Apps answered.

Blackboard Workshops at Oak Creek Campus: Coming Soon!

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Faculty working at the Oak Creek campus who have questions about Blackboard or Google Apps are highly encouraged to attend these workshops in September and October, provided by your faculty peer support representative Doni Bartley!

Blackboard Archive Process

Come to this session to learn how to perform the archive process to save a copy of your courses from last fall. This is important because last fall’s courses will be permanently deleted from Blackboard on September 30th at 8AM (CST)

 Ask the Trainer: Blackboard & Google Apps

Come to this open session to get your questions about Blackboard or Google Apps answered.

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

Faculty who need an overview of using Blackboard to organize course content and communicate with their students are encouraged to attend these free 1 hour workshop sessions at their local campus.   No registration is required.

For more comprehensive training, we recommend enrolling in our free 1-credit Blackboard professional development courses.


Workshop Schedule 

Orientation to Blackboard
Feb. 25th – 10:30AM-11:30AM
Location: Milwaukee Campus, M201A
Leader: Mernathan Sykes
Whats New in Blackboard
Mar. 5th – 2:00PM-3:00 PM
Location:  Oak Creek Campus, A110
Leader: Doni Bartley
Using the Message Board in Blackboard
Mar. 12th – 11:00AM-12:00PM
Location:  Mequon Campus, B220
Leader: Stephanie McKennie
Ask the Trainer: Blackboard/Google Apps
Mar. 19th – 2:00PM-3:00 PM
Location:  Oak Creek Campus, A110
Leader: Doni Bartley
Mar. 25th – 12:00PM-1:00PM
Location:  West Campus, 350
Leader: Erin Dischler
Creating a Blog in Blackboard
Apr. 15th – 11:00AM-12:00PM
Location:  Mequon Campus, B220
Leader: Stephanie McKennie
Blackboard End of Semester Process
May 6th – 11:00AM-12:00PM
Location:  Mequon Campus, B220
Leader: Stephanie McKennie
May 8th – 11:30AM-12:30PM
Location:  West Campus, 350
Leader: Erin Dischler