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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 formto save your seat.
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.
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.
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!
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.