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 Blackboard Workshops for November

All faculty are invited to attend the following workshop to learn how to use Blackboard tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. No registration is required, simply attend the sessions of your choice.

Grade Book Workshop

During this one hour session, faculty will review how to use Blackboard’s Grade Center to create, share, and manage continuous grade feedback.

Date & Time Location Leader
Mon. November 14th, 12-1PM Mequon Campus, room B220 Stephanie Mckennie

What’s New in Blackboard and the End of Semester Process

During this one hour session, faculty will be introduced to the following Blackboard tools to support teaching and learning tasks: Date Management ; Course Reports ; Grade Center Color Codes; and the Qwickly Tools . Faculty will also review the End of Semester Process best practices for closing a course.

Date & Time Location Leader
Weds. November 16th, 12-1PM West Allis Campus, room 350 Erin Dischler

National Distance Learning Week Nov. 7, 2016 – Nov. 11, 2016 • Virtual

Monday, November 7 | 12:00 – 1:00pm CST

Trends in Alternative Credentialing: Benchmarks, Badges, and Noncredit Programming Webinar

Micro-credentials, nano-credentials, badges…staying current on emerging trends in education is a challenge. It is also the life-force of the work that we do to prepare students for an ever-shifting professional landscape. In this engaging session, learn about the driving factors behind the emergence of alternative credentials, how higher education institutions are responding, and hear insights about what’s next.

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INFOnline/COSMO Maintenance Outage Planned for Sunday November 6th

Per the IT department, INFOnline/COSMO will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance on Sunday November 6th, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Central).

During this time, the MATC Portal and INFOnline will not be available to faculty or students.

  • To access Blackboard, go to Blackboard.matc.edu directly to log in using your MATC network account.
  • To access your MATC Gmail, go to https://mail.google.com/  to log in using your full MATC email address and MATC network password.

Maintenance is Coming