Doodle 4 Google 2018

Doodle 4 Google 2018 is live! If you aren’t sure why this is exciting, or maybe you’re not quite sure what doodling means, let us explain. You know that little picture above the search box if you visit Google.com? The one that celebrates historical figures or events and changes every day? Your students can make one!

This year is Google’s 10th anniversary of their contest “Doodle 4 Google” competition. This competition melds art and technology by encouraging students to create their very own Google doodle. The contest theme this year is inspiration.

The contest is open to K-12 students around the world. The national winner of the contest will receive a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school or non-profit organization and the opportunity to work with the Doodle team to make their doodle become interactive for Google’s homepage! Each doodle needs to incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e but the student can be as creative as they would like, mixing any type of media to create their master doodle.

Help your students and children follow these easy steps to participate in this year’s event!

  1. Download or print the entry form.
  2. Make the doodle using any materials you’d like.
  3. Write a description about the doodle and what inspired it.
  4. Fill out the rest of the entry form and sign it.
  5. Submit the doodle following these guidelines.

Learn more fun facts about Doodle 4 Google on their site- you don’t want your students or children to miss out on this opportunity to show Google what inspires them!

Make sure to read the contest rules before getting started.

Doodle 4 Google is accepting entries from January 8 – March 2, 2018 so…get doodling! If you want to take your class a step further, have them code their own animation for their doodles using CSFirst curriculum.

Did your students enter the Doodle 4 Google contest? Share your experience (and awesome doodles) in the comments.

Introducing the Google Expedition Pioneer Program

Google’s new Expedition Pioneer Program gives teachers the opportunity to provide their students with more interactive, immersive lessons- bringing the world into the classroom. Using their AR technology, this program maps out the physical classroom so students can look through a screen at their classroom and look at placed 3D objects. These 3D objects are not actually in the classroom but they can be seen through the screens using Google’s AR technology. For example, students can look at a 3D depiction of a tornado; they can walk around it and look at it up close to learn about how this storm works. It’s easiest to watch in action to understand what this program can do to elevate your students’ learning.  

Interested in signing up for this innovative opportunity? Sign up here and let us know what you think!

Google Calendar: New and Improved

Google has listened to feedback from customers over the years and implemented some refreshing updates to our beloved Google calendars.

  • Need to book a room for a meeting? New features allow G Suite admins to put more information about meeting spaces into the calendar such as where the space is, if it has tech and audio equipment, how large the room is, and if it is wheelchair accessible.
  • In addition to this added information, event invites can now include spreadsheets and documents that can be opened directly from the “Event Detail” view. This way, you can have all of the materials in one place for your meeting that all participants can access. 

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  • You can now view multiple calendars alongside one another in “Day” view. This allows those of us who manage several calendars to create meetings more efficiently for our teams. When you select “Day” view from the dropdown menu on the right hand side, you can then select individual calendars to compare them side by side to see each person’s availability for that specific day.

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  • Add new events quicker by clicking a blank space in the calendar. A screen will pop up for you to enter in the title of the event, the time, and which event the calendar belongs in. If you want to put more information such as add or edit guests, simply select “More Options”. You can also click the red circle at the bottom, right hand corner of the calendar to create events.

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  • View your calendar in different ways! You can choose to:
    • Hide your weekends
    • See your year at a glance
    • View the specific day (where you can compare different people’s calendars)
  • Your invitation status for events also got a facelift. If you have accepted an event, it will be all in one color. If you have selected “maybe” for an event, there will be diagonal lines across it. If you have not yet replied to the event, the event will just be an empty box that is outlined. Finally, if you have declined an event, it will be outlined and crossed out.

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These are just some of the main features of the new Google calendar. To learn more details, check out Google’s post about their update!

Let us know what you think about the changes and, most importantly, happy scheduling!