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The She Word: Googler Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin and her “tribe of women”

Category: Google | Mar 3, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the powerful, dynamic and creative women of Google. Like generations before them, these women break down barriers and defy expectations at work and in their communities. Over the course of the month, we’ll help you get to know a few of these Google women, and share a bit about who they are and why they inspire us.

First up in our “She Word” series, we’ll hear from Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin (nickname: AGV), a Customer Engineer on the Google Cloud team. 

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You’re at a dinner party and someone asks what you do. How do you explain your job to them?

I advise small and medium-sized businesses in Latin America and in the U.S. on how to use Google tools to run their business at the lowest cost and highest efficiency. This could mean teaching mom-n-pop organizations why it’s important to have a domain and a website, showing them how to manage inventory using spreadsheets, or helping them improve processes using Google tools (like collecting data using Forms instead of by paper or email).

What makes you proud to be a woman at Google?

I am building a tribe of women who question gender roles, are curious to explore their purpose and what they can offer their community, and have causes that they are passionate about (two of mine are education and how food affects health and disease). I have found this tribe at Google, a company that is full of innovative and self-aware women, and I feel very proud to be surrounded by these women who inspire me.

If you could ask one woman from history a question, who would it be and what would you ask?

My question would be for my personal hero, Mexican revolutionary and painter Frida Kahlo: “You lived during a time when gender roles, racism and social strife were deeply entrenched in your native Mexico. In spite of that, you wore beautiful ornate clothing, you were a political activist and had an open sexuality. What things did you focus on to live your personal truth in such an authentic manner?”

What advice would you give to women starting out in
their careers?

I have two. One—when setting goals, ask yourself “how can I provide value?” Starting with this question will naturally promote growth both for you and your organization. Two—always ask yourself “how will I measure my impact?” The human mind tends to forget past initiatives quickly, and research has shown that women aren’t as vocal about our merits as our male counterparts. So measuring success (and sharing that success frequently) will help prove your worth.

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Here is AGV at her desk in Mountain View (note that Darth Vader is standing guard). Her team insisted that we feature this photo, in particular, because the art, plans and quotes are “what make her AGV.”

Are you doing anything special (in or outside of work) to celebrate Women’s History Month?

I plan to celebrate women all year long! Back in January, I was proud to participate in the Women’s March in San Francisco (my best friend Cassady Fendlay co-directed the March in Washington). I was extremely moved by how women from all walks of life joined together as a united force of positive change and celebrated their differences. Since then I’ve set the intention to carry this sentiment throughout the year, and keep the conversation going with other women.

How do you spend most of your time outside of work?

I volunteer at a no-kill animal shelter in Oakland, CA and do pro bono work for nonprofits, training them how to use Google tools. I also attend Spanglish poetry and social justice art events in the Bay Area to in support of low-income people who have been evicted from their homes.

What’s the last book you read or show you binged?

I’m reading “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence,” which talks about how most people avoid talking about race because those conversations can be uncomfortable. Race and diversity are important to me, and I believe it is my duty to educate myself on the systems of oppression propagate over generations. The only way we will break them is to have open and safe dialogues.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/OYCLk5vKTxg/

The She Word: Googler Alexandrina Garcia-verdin and her “tribe of women”

Category: Google | Mar 3, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the powerful, dynamic and creative women of Google. Like generations before them, these women break down barriers and defy expectations at work and in their communities. Over the course of the month, we’ll help you get to know a few of these Google women, and share a bit about who they are and why they inspire us.

First up in our “She Word” series, we’ll hear from Alexandrina Garcia-verdin (nickname: AGV), an Online Sales Engineer on the Google Cloud team. 

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You’re at a dinner party and someone asks what you do. How do you explain your job to them?

I advise small and medium-sized businesses in Latin America and in the U.S. on how to use Google tools to run their business at the lowest cost and highest efficiency. This could mean teaching mom-n-pop organizations why it’s important to have a domain and a website, showing them how to manage inventory using spreadsheets, or helping them improve processes using Google tools (like collecting data using Forms instead of by paper or email).

What makes you proud to be a woman at Google?

I am building a tribe of women who question gender roles, are curious to explore their purpose and what they can offer their community, and have causes that they are passionate about (two of mine are education and how food affects health and disease). I have found this tribe at Google, a company that is full of innovative and self-aware women, and I feel very proud to be surrounded by these women who inspire me.

If you could ask one woman from history a question, who would it be and what would you ask?

My question would be for my personal hero, Mexican revolutionary and painter Frida Kahlo: “You lived during a time when gender roles, racism and social strife were deeply entrenched in your native Mexico. In spite of that, you wore beautiful ornate clothing, you were a political activist and had an open sexuality. What things did you focus on to live your personal truth in such an authentic manner?”

What advice would you give to women starting out in
their careers?

I have two. One—when setting goals, ask yourself “how can I provide value?” Starting with this question will naturally promote growth both for you and your organization. Two—always ask yourself “how will I measure my impact?” The human mind tends to forget past initiatives quickly, and research has shown that women aren’t as vocal about our merits as our male counterparts. So measuring success (and sharing that success frequently) will help prove your worth.

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Here is AGV at her desk in Mountain View (note that Darth Vader is standing guard). Her team insisted that we feature this photo, in particular, because the art, plans and quotes are “what make her AGV.”

Are you doing anything special (in or outside of work) to celebrate Women’s History Month?

I plan to celebrate women all year long! Back in January, I was proud to participate in the Women’s March in San Francisco (my best friend Cassady Fendlay co-directed the March in Washington). I was extremely moved by how women from all walks of life joined together as a united force of positive change and celebrated their differences. Since then I’ve set the intention to carry this sentiment throughout the year, and keep the conversation going with other women.

How do you spend most of your time outside of work?

I volunteer at a no-kill animal shelter in Oakland, CA and do pro bono work for nonprofits, training them how to use Google tools. I also attend Spanglish poetry and social justice art events in the Bay Area to in support of low-income people who have been evicted from their homes.

What’s the last book you read or show you binged?

I’m reading “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence,” which talks about how most people avoid talking about race because those conversations can be uncomfortable. Race and diversity are important to me, and I believe it is my duty to educate myself on the systems of oppression propagate over generations. The only way we will break them is to have open and safe dialogues.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/mnnNooOufuc/

The She Word: Googler Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin and her “tribe of women”

Category: Google | Mar 3, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the powerful, dynamic and creative women of Google. Like generations before them, these women break down barriers and defy expectations at work and in their communities. Over the course of the month, we’ll help you get to know a few of these Google women, and share a bit about who they are and why they inspire us.

First up in our “She Word” series, we’ll hear from Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin (nickname: AGV), a Customer Engineer on the Google Cloud team. 

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You’re at a dinner party and someone asks what you do. How do you explain your job to them?

I advise small and medium-sized businesses in Latin America and in the U.S. on how to use Google tools to run their business at the lowest cost and highest efficiency. This could mean teaching mom-n-pop organizations why it’s important to have a domain and a website, showing them how to manage inventory using spreadsheets, or helping them improve processes using Google tools (like collecting data using Forms instead of by paper or email).

What makes you proud to be a woman at Google?

I am building a tribe of women who question gender roles, are curious to explore their purpose and what they can offer their community, and have causes that they are passionate about (two of mine are education and how food affects health and disease). I have found this tribe at Google, a company that is full of innovative and self-aware women, and I feel very proud to be surrounded by these women who inspire me.

If you could ask one woman from history a question, who would it be and what would you ask?

My question would be for my personal hero, Mexican revolutionary and painter Frida Kahlo: “You lived during a time when gender roles, racism and social strife were deeply entrenched in your native Mexico. In spite of that, you wore beautiful ornate clothing, you were a political activist and had an open sexuality. What things did you focus on to live your personal truth in such an authentic manner?”

What advice would you give to women starting out in
their careers?

I have two. One—when setting goals, ask yourself “how can I provide value?” Starting with this question will naturally promote growth both for you and your organization. Two—always ask yourself “how will I measure my impact?” The human mind tends to forget past initiatives quickly, and research has shown that women aren’t as vocal about our merits as our male counterparts. So measuring success (and sharing that success frequently) will help prove your worth.

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Here is AGV at her desk in Mountain View (note that Darth Vader is standing guard). Her team insisted that we feature this photo, in particular, because the art, plans and quotes are “what make her AGV.”

Are you doing anything special (in or outside of work) to celebrate Women’s History Month?

I plan to celebrate women all year long! Back in January, I was proud to participate in the Women’s March in San Francisco (my best friend Cassady Fendlay co-directed the March in Washington). I was extremely moved by how women from all walks of life joined together as a united force of positive change and celebrated their differences. Since then I’ve set the intention to carry this sentiment throughout the year, and keep the conversation going with other women.

How do you spend most of your time outside of work?

I volunteer at a no-kill animal shelter in Oakland, CA and do pro bono work for nonprofits, training them how to use Google tools. I also attend Spanglish poetry and social justice art events in the Bay Area to in support of low-income people who have been evicted from their homes.

What’s the last book you read or show you binged?

I’m reading “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence,” which talks about how most people avoid talking about race because those conversations can be uncomfortable. Race and diversity are important to me, and I believe it is my duty to educate myself on the systems of oppression propagate over generations. The only way we will break them is to have open and safe dialogues.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/mnnNooOufuc/

Building #withClassroom: stories of real schools using Classroom integrations

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2017

A few years ago, we launched the Classroom API to make it easier for developers to integrate their applications with Classroom, and for administrators to manage classes. Since then, hundreds of applications have integrated with Classroom to help teachers gamify their classes, improve students’ writing skills, build interactive presentations and more.

Using the API, developers can build deep integrations that manage Classroom rosters, assignments and grades. Or they can simply embed the Classroom share button to let users quickly share content. For teachers and students, these integrations create a seamless experience between Classroom and their favorite education apps.

Valuable integrations have been built to support the needs of teachers and students in the classroom that showcase the creative possibilities available through the Classroom API. Today, we take a look at how some schools are using Classroom integrations.

Enriching lessons with rich content from BrainPOP

In the words of Mike Jones, a teacher at Illinois State University’s K-8 Lab School, “Class time is precious. Why would I want to waste any of it with a process that can easily be automated?”

Improved automation is one of the key reasons we’ve seen education applications integrate with Google Classroom and one of those applications is BrainPOP.  BrainPOP offers digital educational content that engages students through animated movies, learning games, quizzes, concept mapping, movie-making, and more.  

The team at BrainPOP recognized that manually setting up individual student accounts for My BrainPOP could be a tedious task for teachers. Utilizing the Classroom API, the team at BrainPOP developed an integration that allows teachers to import their classes directly into My BrainPOP, automatically creating single sign-on-ready, student accounts and allowing students to log into BrainPOP through the Google launcher menu.  According to Jones, the integration “allows all staff to easily access the benefits of BrainPOP and do what they do best: help children learn.”

Adjusting teaching tactics in real-time with Edulastic

Egg Harbor Township in New Jersey holds an intensive summer program for its Title I elementary students who aren’t ready to enter the next grade level. During last year’s program, the school had just 12 days to address learning gaps, which meant teachers had to stay laser-focused on deficiencies and adjust teaching tactics quickly to help their students achieve success. Given the tight timeframe, the school turned to Edulastic, an online assessment system that gives teachers instant teaching insights, and Google Classroom.

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Edulastic’s Google Classroom sync meant the summer program could be set up quickly with no additional passwords or logins for teachers or students. As a result of the pilot, Egg Harbor Township Title I teachers used this integration beyond their summer program and the entire school subsequently decided to use it for their assessments as well.

Simplifying setup and syncing with Little SIS

Classroom integrations can also give IT leaders insights and administrative powers in Classroom. For instance, Little SIS for Classroom, an app designed and built by the team at Amplified Labs, is using the Classroom Courses and Guardians APIs to automate the setup and daily sync of Google Classroom classes, rosters, and guardian invites from information in the school’s SIS.

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San Francisco Unified School District is piloting a roster-integrated approach to Google Classroom that they hope to scale to their 57,000 students. Executive Director of Technology & Innovation David Malone first approached Amplified Labs with guarded optimism because of the district’s size, but since installation he feels much more confident. “Despite being new to the market, I am really impressed at the maturity and thoughtfulness of the Little SIS app. It loaded our entire district’s G Suite users and 7,500 Classroom classes in just a few minutes, and allowed us to get a great baseline on the current state of adoption.”

We’ve been thrilled to see what developers have created using the Classroom API capabilities and the impact that it’s had on teachers, students and administrators. If you’re interested in learning more about the Classroom API, check out developers.google.com/classroom or search for google-classroom on Stack Overflow. You can also join our announcement list to keep up with updates to our API.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/IonZBeSV6gk/

Building #withClassroom: stories of real schools using Classroom integrations

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2017

A few years ago, we launched the Classroom API to make it easier for developers to integrate their applications with Classroom, and for administrators to manage classes. Since then, hundreds of applications have integrated with Classroom to help teachers gamify their classes, improve students’ writing skills, build interactive presentations and more.

Using the API, developers can build deep integrations that manage Classroom rosters, assignments and grades. Or they can simply embed the Classroom share button to let users quickly share content. For teachers and students, these integrations create a seamless experience between Classroom and their favorite education apps.

Valuable integrations have been built to support the needs of teachers and students in the classroom that showcase the creative possibilities available through the Classroom API. Today, we take a look at how some schools are using Classroom integrations.

Enriching lessons with rich content from BrainPOP

In the words of Mike Jones, a teacher at Illinois State University’s K-8 Lab School, “Class time is precious. Why would I want to waste any of it with a process that can easily be automated?”

Improved automation is one of the key reasons we’ve seen education applications integrate with Google Classroom and one of those applications is BrainPOP.  BrainPOP offers digital educational content that engages students through animated movies, learning games, quizzes, concept mapping, movie-making, and more.  

The team at BrainPOP recognized that manually setting up individual student accounts for My BrainPOP could be a tedious task for teachers. Utilizing the Classroom API, the team at BrainPOP developed an integration that allows teachers to import their classes directly into My BrainPOP, automatically creating single sign-on-ready, student accounts and allowing students to log into BrainPOP through the Google launcher menu.  According to Jones, the integration “allows all staff to easily access the benefits of BrainPOP and do what they do best: help children learn.”

Adjusting teaching tactics in real-time with Edulastic

Egg Harbor Township in New Jersey holds an intensive summer program for its Title I elementary students who aren’t ready to enter the next grade level. During last year’s program, the school had just 12 days to address learning gaps, which meant teachers had to stay laser-focused on deficiencies and adjust teaching tactics quickly to help their students achieve success. Given the tight timeframe, the school turned to Edulastic, an online assessment system that gives teachers instant teaching insights, and Google Classroom.

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Edulastic’s Google Classroom sync meant the summer program could be set up quickly with no additional passwords or logins for teachers or students. As a result of the pilot, Egg Harbor Township Title I teachers used this integration beyond their summer program and the entire school subsequently decided to use it for their assessments as well.

Simplifying setup and syncing with Little SIS

Classroom integrations can also give IT leaders insights and administrative powers in Classroom. For instance, Little SIS for Classroom, an app designed and built by the team at Amplified Labs, is using the Classroom Courses and Guardians APIs to automate the setup and daily sync of Google Classroom classes, rosters, and guardian invites from information in the school’s SIS.

sync-analysis (2).png

San Francisco Unified School District is piloting a roster-integrated approach to Google Classroom that they hope to scale to their 57,000 students. Executive Director of Technology & Innovation David Malone first approached Amplified Labs with guarded optimism because of the district’s size, but since installation he feels much more confident. “Despite being new to the market, I am really impressed at the maturity and thoughtfulness of the Little SIS app. It loaded our entire district’s G Suite users and 7,500 Classroom classes in just a few minutes, and allowed us to get a great baseline on the current state of adoption.”

We’ve been thrilled to see what developers have created using the Classroom API capabilities and the impact that it’s had on teachers, students and administrators. If you’re interested in learning more about the Classroom API, check out developers.google.com/classroom or search for google-classroom on Stack Overflow. You can also join our announcement list to keep up with updates to our API.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/1jSjsQ7OPl4/

Meet your #GoogleAssistant

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2017

When your hands are full in between the kitchen and the kids. When you feel like hitting the open road on a last-minute trip. When you’re about to win that bet with friends. Or when you need to fit in a power nap before dinner. It’s time to meet your cooking, adventure, “I told you so,” naptime Assistant.  

Your Google Assistant helps you get more done, in your world. And starting today, it’s rolling out to Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices with Google Play Services. To get started, touch and hold the Home button. 

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/rOWsALPBXlI/

Meet your #GoogleAssistant

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2017

When your hands are full in between the kitchen and the kids. When you feel like hitting the open road on a last-minute trip. When you’re about to win that bet with friends. Or when you need to fit in a power nap before dinner. It’s time to meet your cooking, adventure, “I told you so,” naptime Assistant.  

Your Google Assistant helps you get more done, in your world. And starting today, it’s rolling out to Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices with Google Play Services. To get started, touch and hold the Home button. 

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/lQyErunNiB4/

Get more work done on Android: Exchange Tasks now available on Gmail app

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2017

On Android, we’re always excited to help users be more productive at work. 

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Last year we added support for Exchange accounts in Gmail app for Android so you can use one familiar mail app for both work and personal business. We also added “find a time” in Google Calendar to suggest meeting times that work with everyone’s schedule.

Today, we’re providing another productivity boost for our Exchange users: support for Exchange tasks in Gmail app for Android.

This new feature synchronizes your tasks with Exchange so you can always stay on top of your task list, even when you’re on the go. You can create a task, edit its date or priority, and flag an email as a to-do for later response. 

Since the Gmail app interface is both intuitive and familiar, Android users who want to manage their tasks from Exchange won’t need to re-learn anything. 

With a unified tasks list, we’ve made it easy for you to focus on your important tasks and check things off the list once you’re done. The simple swipe to mark as complete can be just as rewarding.

Gmail app for Android is enterprise-ready, so your IT department can securely deploy it. Gmail app also works with managed configurations so you can skip any complicated setup steps. 

If you have a long list of tasks, give Exchange tasks a try and let the Gmail app for Android help you get more done.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/9DgegilNPY0/

Get more work done on Android: Exchange Tasks now available on Gmail app

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2017

On Android, we’re always excited to help users be more productive at work. 

Android_ExchangeTasks.gif

Last year we added support for Exchange accounts in Gmail app for Android so you can use one familiar mail app for both work and personal business. We also added “find a time” in Google Calendar to suggest meeting times that work with everyone’s schedule.

Today, we’re providing another productivity boost for our Exchange users: support for Exchange tasks in Gmail app for Android.

This new feature synchronizes your tasks with Exchange so you can always stay on top of your task list, even when you’re on the go. You can create a task, edit its date or priority, and flag an email as a to-do for later response. 

Since the Gmail app interface is both intuitive and familiar, Android users who want to manage their tasks from Exchange won’t need to re-learn anything. 

With a unified tasks list, we’ve made it easy for you to focus on your important tasks and check things off the list once you’re done. The simple swipe to mark as complete can be just as rewarding.

Gmail app for Android is enterprise-ready, so your IT department can securely deploy it. Gmail app also works with managed configurations so you can skip any complicated setup steps. 

If you have a long list of tasks, give Exchange tasks a try and let the Gmail app for Android help you get more done.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/LRmuUOSG9Os/

Six tips to make your photos pop

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2017

Sometimes taking a photo indoors results in a yellowish tint. Or on cloudy days, things can look too cold— unnaturally blue. We often turn to editing tools to correct these off tones, but don’t always have the time or expertise to white balance our photos.

Now, when you open the photo editor in Google Photos and select a look, we’ll not only correct exposure and saturation, we’ll also automatically correct the white balance in the image.  And if you want to tweak it even more, just go into Color and adjust the Warmth and Tint.

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Before auto white balance

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With auto white balance

Auto white balance in looks are rolling out this week on Android and web, and soon we’ll bring it to iOS. And while we’re in the spirit of getting your photos looking just right, we’ve rounded up a few handy editing tips.

Compare looks

As you scroll and select looks, long press on the image to see the original. After selecting a look, tap the look thumbnail again to adjust the strength.

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Quick rotate

If you need to rotate an image, you don’t even have to enter the editor. Just use the shortcut Shift+R on web. Or, in the Assistant tab of Google Photos, you may see suggested rotations for your sideways photos.

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More green?

We’ve shared how you can bring out blue in the sea or sky. If you want a vivid image with lush green, push the Saturation slider to the max, and bring down the intensity of the red and blue hues by decreasing the Skin tone and Deep Blue sliders respectively.

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Apply edits quickly on web

To apply the same set of edits to more than one photo, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C / ⌘+C to copy the edit, or select “Copy edits” in the overflow menu next to “Done.” You can then open another photo in the editor (use arrow keys to open next/previous), then use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P / ⌘+P, or select “Paste edits” to apply them to the shot.

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Tap “A” to apply Auto Enhance; hold “O” to see the original image without edits applied; and tap “R” to enter crop mode.

Want to keep both your edited photo and the original?

Tap the overflow menu at the top right, and select “Save copy” to create a new version.

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