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Making progress on diversity and inclusion

Category: Google | Jun 29, 2017

Since 2014, when we first released data on Google’s racial and gender makeup, we’ve taken steps to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Our employees, products and business depend on us getting this right. To push our work forward, we’re thrilled that Danielle Brown will be joining Google as our new Vice President of Diversity. She’ll start in July, and comes with the deep conviction that Google provides a platform where she and the team can make a real impact internally and across the tech industry.

Danielle joins us from Intel, where she was VP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the past several years and, most recently, Group Chief Human Resources Officer. There she developed ambitious goals and initiatives that helped Intel increase its gender and racial diversity in its workforce and executive ranks.

At Google, Danielle will be responsible for managing our diversity and inclusion strategy, partnering with our senior executives on this vital work. While we’ve made progress in recent years for both women and people of color, there are areas for improvement across the board—in terms of our hiring, our promotion and retention, our commitments, our working environment, and how we measure success or failure.  Danielle will look at our efforts in all these areas afresh and I’m excited to work with her.

Google’s updated workforce representation data shows that overall women make up 31 percent of our employees. In the past three years, women in tech roles have grown from 17 percent to 20 percent (from 19 percent to 20 percent over the last year) and women in leadership roles have grown from 21 percent to 25 percent (from 24 percent to 25 percent over the last year).

In the same period, our Black non-tech population has grown from 2 percent to 5 percent (from 4 percent to 5 percent over the last year). And in the past year, Hispanic Googlers have grown from 3 percent to 4 percent of our employees.


Overall gender and racial representation at Google.

But clearly, there is much more to do.

Black Googlers still make up only 1 percent of our technical workforce, and we’re working to change that. Sponsored by Google vice president Bonita Stewart, we recently launched Howard West, a three-month engineering residency on our campus for Howard University computer science majors. Our Google in Residence initiative, which embeds Google engineers at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), is continuing into its sixth year this fall.


Howard West students in their lounge at the Googleplex.

For all of our communities of color, we’re working to make sure our culture is rewarding and welcoming through events, town halls, employee resource groups, and ensuring fairness in the promotion process. We know this is critical to making it safe for everyone to bring their best and most innovative ideas to the table. For example, the idea for our Really Blue Pixel came from Alberto Villarreal, the phone’s creative lead and industrial design manager, who derived the color from the Mexico City of his youth. The phone was released in October and sold out within minutes. Alberto is part of a vibrant community of Hispanic Googlers, whose contributions are essential to our ability to reflect the world around us, especially here at our California HQ.


Alberto Villarreal with the Really Blue Pixel.

As with Blacks and Hispanics, hiring more female engineers—and empowering them to thrive—is a top priority. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki recently highlighted the industry-wide importance of women’s support groups and personal commitments by senior leaders to advancing gender diversity. I completely agree; they are both essential in creating a supportive culture, and providing opportunities for women and people of color to grow their careers. Google’s employee resource groups, including Women@Google and Google Women in Engineering, both of which are actively supported by senior executives and have thousands of members, regularly host summits, provide career development opportunities, and offer mentorship.

More than other industries, the technology sector is extremely open about its challenges in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We all welcome the conversation and the scrutiny; it helps us raise the bar in terms of this important work and our commitment to it. I’m thrilled to welcome Danielle to Google, because she shares both our values and our desire for action.

For more information, take a look at our updated representation data.


Talks at Google: one of Google’s most beloved perks, shared with the world

Category: Google | Jun 29, 2017

Every morning, a new name pops up in my inbox. It could be a scientist, an artist, a politician, an actor, a business leader, a cast from a Broadway show, an investor, or any expert. These people I’m getting emails about have one thing in common—they’re coming to give a talk at a Google office.

Talks at Google, a regular speaker series, is one of the company’s most beloved perks and a staple of our unique culture. It was started in 2006 by Googlers who noticed that some pretty interesting people were walking through the hallways, and thought, “how about we sit down and talk to them?” They invited anyone at Google to attend, recorded the talks and put them on YouTube so that—following Google’s mission—the talks would be universally accessible and useful.

Eleven years later, there have been more than 4,000 Talks at Google events. It started with talks from Googlers themselves, then expanded to authors and experts from all around the world with different backgrounds. The talks are hosted by Googler volunteers in offices around the world, with about 12 talks happening each week.


To share the talks with a wider audience, we’ll publish a monthly roundup of some of the best Talks at Google from that month or on a given topic. To kick things off, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite talks from the past 11 years:

Andrea Bocelli

World-renowned musician Andrea Bocelli gives a special performance to Googlers in Mountain View, and tells the story of how, from an early age, he knew he wanted to be a performer.

Andy Puddicombe: “Get Some Headspace”

By testing out some meditation techniques with the audience, Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe shares how anyone can meditate—even if that means just sitting quietly for ten seconds.

Christiane Amanpour

Veteran journalist and Chief CNN Correspondent Christiane Amanpour reveals her top list of people she still wants to interview, and discusses her decades-long career of investigative journalism.

Chris Anderson: “TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking”

Chris Anderson, curator of the TED Conference, discusses TED’s evolution to “a media organization devoted to sharing ideas,” how to make a story come to life on stage, and the importance of nurturing curiosity.

Dan Ariely: On Dating & Relationships

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely discusses why a canoe is the best place to test your long-term compatibility, and shares insights and advice for relationship-seekers in the age of dating apps.

Diane von Fürstenberg

Iconic fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg shares a timeline of her life (and her unique sense of humor), sprinkled with personal anecdotes from her early days in Belgium and her rise to fashion fame.

Gloria Steinem: “My Life on the Road”

Legendary feminist activist, author and journalist Gloria Steinem discusses her eighth book “My Life on the Road,” the ancient cultures that most inspire her and technology’s influence on human interaction.

HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

The Pied Piper team visits Google to chat about which cast members are most like their characters and how instances from the actors’ real lives (or the pranks that happen on set) make their way into episodes of “Silicon Valley.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Writings on the Wall”

Six-time NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goes beyond the court to discuss his book “Writings on the Wall,” along with his perspective on race, equal pay and religion.

Marie Kondo: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

Marie Kondo, author and guide to cleaning up your life, discusses why it’s important to ask yourself if each of your possessions brings you joy (and what to do with those joyless items).

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, often referred to as the “father of modern linguistics,” muses about the development of his political views and the humble beginning of his writing career in 1939, when he was the “editor and only reader” of his fourth grade newspaper.

Janelle Monae and Pharrell Williams: “Hidden Figures”

Hidden Figures cast member Janelle Monáe and Executive Producer Pharrell Williams visited Google Atlanta to chat with computer science students from historically black schools about “women in STEM who changed the world,” and their advice for how to break through barriers and stay motivated through trying times.

The Broadway Revival of Spring Awakening

In partnership with Deaf West, a deaf theatre company based in Los Angeles, Google hosted a special performance from the cast of Spring Awakening, and heard about what it’s like to work on Broadway.

Tina Fey: “Bossypants”

Actress, writer, comedian and producer Tina Fey brings her comedic chops to Google to discuss her book “Bossypants,” and insights from her experience as a woman in Hollywood.

Toni Morrison: Home

In an interview at Google New York, author Toni Morrison discusses her book “Home,” how she builds her characters and her writing method—each time she sits down to write, “it’s like she’s never written anything before.”

To see more talks, look out for future roundups on Keyword—or subscribe to Talks at Google on YouTube, follow them on Twitter or browse their website.


Sale into summer with new deals on Google Play

Category: Google | Jun 29, 2017

‘Tis the season for BBQs, family road trips, and days by the beach or pool. No matter how you spend your summer days, Google Play can be a part of it.

Starting today, you’ll be able to find your favorite movies, apps, games, music, TV and books at big savings. The sale runs until July 6 for apps, games, books and music, and until July 13 for movies and TV in select markets.

Take a break from the heat with a movie or TV show

Rent a movie from our catalogue for only $0.99—it’s cheaper than cooling down with an ice cream cone—or watch your favorite TV show at half price. Some of the biggest hits of the summer are Saban’s Power Rangers, CHiPs, Get Out and The LEGO® Batman Movie.

Stay entertained with games on your family road trip

“I Spy” won’t last the whole car ride, so check out our discounts of up to 80 percent for premium games. A few of our favorites are FINAL FANTASY TACTICS, Star Wars: KOTOR, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, Reigns, Hitman Sniper and Lara Croft GO.

Find your beach, and pick up a book

Grab a beach chair and read some of the best-selling books of the year, from 50-80 percent off. There’s a wide variety of books to choose from, like thriller “The Freedom Broker,” romance novel “My Perfect Mistake” or sci-fi fantasy “Hellfire.”

Google Play Music can co-host your summer parties

While you’re taking care of the guests, Google Play Music will play all the right songs at the right time. This summer, you can get a Google Play Music subscription free for four months.

Try something new with lots of apps

If you’re six months late on your New Year’s resolution, take advantage of your time off this summer. Put your brain to use, learn a new language, start running, read the news every day! And do it on the cheap with a 50 percent discount for a new, one-year subscription for the services mentioned above and more.

As you take the time to relax, go vacation, and get outside, visit Google Play to find and share more fun entertaining moments with your friends and family.


Helping journalists tell stories with data

Category: Google | Jun 29, 2017

The Data Journalism Handbook, published in 2011, is considered the guidebook for telling stories with data. To ensure that journalists are up to speed on the latest data journalism practices, the Google News Lab is partnering with the the European Journalism Centre to launch a new version of the Data Journalism Handbook, which will be published in four languages next year.

The original handbook was born at a 48-hour workshop at MozFest 2011 in London, and became an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism’s leading advocates and best practitioners.

Over the past three years, the handbook has been digitally downloaded 150,000 times, and almost a million people have accessed the online version. But the world is changing, and so are the ways we use data to tell news stories. So this project is one of a series of initiatives by the data team at the Google News Lab to support data journalists and help them understand how to best incorporate technology into their work—you can find out more on our site. We’re also proud to partner with the European Journalism Centre on their mission to connect journalists with new ideas through initiatives like the News Impact Summits and the News Impact Academy.

On July 31, we will open a call for contributions. Later this year, around 50 authors and experts will join a Handbook Hack to create and edit content for the new edition. And you won’t have to wait long to start reading the new chapters: we’ll make them available online as they are completed. Check out the official site for the latest updates.


Google Earth, class is now in session

Category: Google | Jun 29, 2017

So much of what students learn in the classroom—from social studies to history, science and literature—relates to a geographic place on Earth. Recently, we announced a new version of Google Earth, and since then, educators have been telling us what a valuable tool Google Earth is for their students. They use the “I’m feeling lucky” feature to inspire writing exercises, do research exercises with Knowledge Cards, and explore satellite imagery and cloud strata with their students. Now, to make it even easier for teachers to use Google Earth in the classroom, we’ve created a new “Education” category in the Voyager section, which includes new stories—complete with classroom activities—from National Geographic Society, PBS Education, HHMI Biointeractive and Mission Blue.


Just click the new “Education” category on the Voyager homepage for new stories, complete with classroom activities for teachers

The National Geographic Society stories take students on adventures following explorers through the Middle East, India, and coral reefs. To supplement the experience, National Geographic Society created idea for activities that highlight a range of geographical concepts, such as interpreting land forms and comparing map projections.


Join one leg of a 21,000-mile cultural journey with National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek in Africa.


Explore the last Pristine Seas with Dr. Enric Sala as he works to restore the health and productivity of our planet’s oceans.


National Geographic Society created activities showing how Google Earth can be used in the classroom.

With PBS Education, classrooms can go back in time and track the paths of famous explorers, from Lewis and Clark to the Vikings. As students follow along, they, in turn, become modern-day explorers.


Trace the waterways of the American West with Lewis and Clark


Teachers using PBS Education’s Age of Encounters can ask students: How do you think these ships chose their ocean routes?


PBS Education’s Vikings teaches about the Vikings who were exploring the sea 500 years before Christopher Colombus

HHMI Biointeractive and Mission Blue created Voyager stories more geared towards science and math. With HHMI Biointeractive, students join “Scientists at Work” as they investigate important problems, from endangered coral reefs to the Ebola outbreak. And Mission Blue’s story teaches students about the unique oceanographic conditions of Costa Rica thermal dome. Short videos and questions embedded in the stories will help guide students with their own scientific research.


Spanning Oregon to Mozambique, students can learn about science in the field with HHMI Biointeractive


Students can learn how scientists measure mammal extinctions, using fossils spanning millions of years.


Explore  the Costa Rica Thermal Dome Hope Spot where you can follow marine biologists in the field tagging turtles, tracking sharks and more.

Educators everywhere can find classroom activities (created by teachers, for teachers) at our new Google Earth Education website, and easily share locations and stories directly to Google Classroom. In addition, this week Google Earth will become an Additional Service for Google for Education users, which can be managed by IT administrators through the Google Admin console.

Google Earth was built to inspire curious minds to explore, learn and care about our vast, fragile planet. With these updates, we’re excited to make it easier for the next generation to see the world from a new perspective.


Nutanix and Google Cloud team up to simplify hybrid cloud

Category: Google | Jun 28, 2017

Today, we’re announcing a strategic partnership with Nutanix to help remove friction from hybrid cloud deployments for enterprises. We often hear from our customers that they’re looking for solutions to deploy workloads on premises and in the public cloud.

Benefits of a hybrid cloud approach include the ability to run applications and services, either as connected or disconnected, across clouds. Many customers are adopting hybrid cloud strategies so that their developer teams can release software quickly and target the best cloud environment for their application. However, applications that span both infrastructures can introduce challenges. Examples include difficulty migrating workloads such as dev-testing that need portability and managing across different virtualization and infrastructure environments.

Instead of taking a single approach to these challenges, we prefer to collaborate with partners and meet customers where they are. We’re working with Nutanix on several initiatives, including:

  • Easing hybrid operations by automating provisioning and lifecycle management of applications across Nutanix and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) using the Nutanix Calm solution. This provides a single control plane to enable workload management across a hybrid cloud environment.

  • Bringing Nutanix Xi Cloud Services to GCP. This new hybrid cloud offering will let enterprise customers leverage services such as Disaster Recovery to effortlessly extend their on-premise datacenter environments into the cloud.

  • Enabling Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS support for hybrid Kubernetes environments running Google Container Engine in the cloud and a Kubernetes cluster on Nutanix on-premises. Through this, customers will be able to deploy portable application blueprints that target both an on-premises Nutanix footprint as well as GCP.

In addition, we’re also collaborating on IoT edge computing use-cases. For example, customers training TensorFlow machine learning models in the cloud can run them on the edge on Nutanix and analyze the processed data on GCP.

We’re excited about this partnership as it addresses some of the key challenges faced by enterprises running hybrid clouds. Both Google and Nutanix are looking forward to making our products work together and to the experience we’ll deliver together for our customers.


How journalists can tell compelling stories using VR

Category: Google | Jun 28, 2017

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the rise of a new medium for storytelling in journalism: virtual reality.  From the printing press to radio, from television to the internet, and now VR, technological innovation has changed how journalists gather, report and deliver the news. VR is already making an impression on journalism by immersing an audience in a story, offering unlikely perspectives and creating connections to emotional moments.

At the Google News Lab, we help journalists develop a better understanding of how to tell stories in VR. So, for the past six months, we’ve conducted a research study that offers insight into what makes VR a distinct storytelling medium, why it’s alluring to people, and what that means for storytellers. We also partnered on this study with a team at Google called ZOO, a creative think tank for brands and agencies.

The study used a method of qualitative research called ethnography, which uses in-field observations and interviews to understand a person’s relationship with an experience. We conducted 36 interviews with a diverse range of participants, observing them as they interacted with their favorite VR pieces and asking them to reflect on how the experience made them feel.

Our study found that VR was distinct from other storytelling mediums in a few key ways. First, it conveys the sense that the viewer is “living the story” as opposed to passively consuming it (“storyliving” rather than storytelling). VR also allows people to dramatically expand their perspective on a story and can leave them with strong emotional experiences, but sometimes that comes at the expense of conveying information.

Participants found VR alluring for a few reasons: viewers can participate rather than simply be immersed in an experience; they can seek out a specific emotion, like happiness, or sadness or fear; and they can  embody someone or something else—a bird, a tree, or a person living on the other side of the world.

Storyliving: a study of how audiences experience VR and what that means for journalists

Storyliving: a study of how audiences experience VR and what that means for journalists

So, what do our findings mean for journalists who want to tell compelling stories in VR? Here are three factors journalists should consider, plus some tips for how you can incorporate VR into your reporting:

  1. VR is effective when it’s focused on conveying an emotional experience
    Given that VR is a medium that privileges storyliving over storytelling, journalists should approach how they structure and frame a story differently than they would with more traditional mediums. 

    For journalists, focus on conveying an emotional impression, rather than telling a story that follows a traditional narrative arch with a beginning, middle, and an end. Consider the emotional state you want the viewer to experience and find the moment within your story that can best deliver that. A viewer will often seek out more information about the subject they have just been immersed in, so it makes sense to package that detail or backstory alongside the VR experience. 

  2. Play with perspective in new ways and create opportunities for participation
    Conveying perspective—or encouraging people to see a story through someone else’s eyes—is critical to good journalism. VR has the unique ability to produce a sensation of embodiment which can be a powerful tool to expand perspective. 

    So journalists should let viewers  choose a perspective. Can you let a viewer experiences a story about a political crisis from a particular side of the conflict? Play the baseball game from the perspective of two teams? See outer space from the inside of an astronaut’s helmet?

  3. Consider the heightened vulnerability of subjects when telling a story
    VR can leave viewers in a state of vulnerability, both physically and emotionally. A person can feel surprised or shocked when entering the virtual experience or re-integrating into reality at the end of an experience.

    That means journalists should consider the ethics (both pitfalls and advantages) of making your viewer feel vulnerable when constructing a story about an emotionally sensitive topic. Journalists take this into account when constructing stories in a traditional medium, but the vulnerability is more pronounced in VR. 

    You should also signal to a viewer when they’re entering a story and when they’re exiting from it (similar to how movies begin with a title and end with the credits). This is especially important at the end of a VR story since viewers typically piece together their understanding of the story after it’s over. 

VR creates an opportunity for journalists to tell stories in a new way. Insights from our study can help journalists use VR to expand perspectives, create strong emotional connections to a story, and spread knowledge that matters. Go ahead, immerse yourself.


Give and get the photos you care about

Category: Google | Jun 28, 2017

We take lots of photos and videos with the important people in our lives, but sharing those memories can take time. We get busy and forget. To help you share and receive more of the meaningful moments in your life, we’re rolling out suggested sharing and shared libraries this week, which we recently announced at Google I/O.

Suggested sharing uses machine learning to automatically identify photos and suggest recipients, making sharing as simple as a single tap. With shared libraries, sending and receiving photos with one person is effortless—you can automatically share your full photo library or customize just what you want to share.

Here are a few quick tips to get started.

Suggested Sharing

1. The Sharing tab is where you can see your Google Photos sharing activity, including photos and videos sent to you and that you’ve sent to others. At the top, you’ll see your personal suggestions, based on your sharing habits and the people in the photos.


2. Google Photos recognizes a meaningful moment like a summer BBQ or wedding, selects the right shots, and suggests who may want to see the photos. You can change the photos or suggested recipients before sending. As always with Google Photos, you can share with anyone —even if they don’t use Google Photos—via their email address or phone number.


3. If your friends and family were with you and use Google Photos, they may get a reminder to add their photos to the album, too. You’ll get notified when new photos are added and can now see all the photos in one place.


Shared Libraries

1. For sharing all your photos with that special someone, you can use shared libraries. Let’s say Daniel wants to share his library with his wife, Leslie. Starting in the menu bar in the top left, he selects “Share your library” and enters Leslie’s email address. He can share his entire photo library, or just photos of specific people, such as photos of Leslie, or photos of their daughter. He can also give Leslie access only to photos starting from a certain day, such as the day they first met.


2. Once Leslie accepts the invitation, she can see the photos Daniel has shared with her. As Daniel takes more photos, they are shared with Leslie automatically. Now Daniel doesn’t have to remember to send photos to Leslie. Google Photos will share them automatically and will notify Leslie when new photos arrive.


3. Leslie can choose to automatically save all of Daniel’s photos or just photos of certain people, like their daughter. These saved photos will be searchable for her, and will show up in the movies, collages, and other creations that Google Photos makes for Leslie.


With suggested sharing and shared libraries—rolling out now across Android, iOS and web— it’s fast and easy to give and get the photos you care about, so you can spend less time sharing your memories, and more time enjoying them.


The value of Google for Education in action: New Impact Portraits from US schools

Category: Google | Jun 28, 2017

Editor’s Note: Earlier this week at ISTE, we announced new tools to support our future explorers and digital citizens, and we released seven new Impact Portraits profiling the impact of Google for Education and Chromebooks in districts across the US. Today we’ll dive deeper into the findings from these schools. For more information from ISTE, follow our updates on Twitter, and if you’re in San Antonio, visit us at booth #1718 to learn more and demo these new tools for yourself.

In 2016, we worked with Evergreen Education Group  answer a big and pressing question: Can we measure the impact of Chromebooks and G Suite for Education in schools? Evergreen’s discussions over 16 months with more than 100 school leaders from 6 countries was captured in a series of Impact Portraits—data-rich case studies with real school results. Their research uncovered four key factors that help schools and students flourish when adopting technology for the classroom: planning, professional learning, patience and support.

Today we take a closer look at the findings in seven new Impact Portraits from school districts across the U.S. These districts range in size and demographics from Florida’s Brevard County,  with a student population of 73,000 and 9,000 educators, to New York State’s Amherst Central, which has 4 K-12 schools, 2,944 students, and 263 educators.

The one thing these schools have in common: They’re using Chromebooks and G Suite to drive measurable improvements in everything from reading skills to AP diploma graduation rates. Below are some key results from each school district.

Achieving a one-to-one environment for so many students changed everything. We now live and breathe the new approach every day.

Chris Reed

Principal at Williams Elementary, FL

  • The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indiana, deployed Chromebooks and G Suite for Education in fall 2014. Since then, Wayne Township’s scores on IREAD-3, Indiana’s measure of third-grade reading skills, have risen by 10% to 86%. High school graduation rates also rose 21.1%, from 67% to an average of 88.1%.


  • After giving every student a Chromebook, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Middle School of Choice, part of the Burleson Independent School District, Texas, surpassed every middle school in the district on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness and the BrightBytes’ CASE Technology Framework, which measures the impact of technology on learning outcomes. Engagement is high as well: One English teacher reported a 72% decrease in missed homework assignments after Chromebooks were introduced to her classroom.
  • In Brevard County Public Schools, Florida, Quest Elementary added 120 Chromebooks in 2014. Since then, the percentage of students scoring proficient or above in English/Language arts rose from 81% to 85% and students scoring proficient or above in math rose from 86% to 89%. Brevard’s West Shore Senior High School leveraged Chromebooks and G Suite for students seeking the new Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Project diploma in 2016, which requires intensive research and collaboration. The first year the AP Capstone diploma was offered, 60 out of 160 graduating West Shore students received the prestigious diploma.


  • In 2013, Hoover City Schools, Alabama, in the Birmingham suburbs, gave students Chromebooks for classroom and home use. Students now have access to Chromebooks and G Suite wherever they go do. For absent students, Hoover City created a virtual high school with online video lessons; the schools also introduced an Engaged Learning Facilitators (ELF) program, offering extra technology training to interested teachers who then coach and support other educators in the district.
  • The Oak Hills Local School District, Ohio saved more than  $100,000 a year in software license and server fees by adopting G Suite in 2009. Based on these benefits, the district gave Chromebooks to every student in its three middle schools over the next three years. By the 2016–17 school year, every student in grades 1–12 had their own Chromebook. Chromebooks cost 26% less than similar devices and also help prepare students for Ohio’s state testing, which is conducted online.


  • The Amherst Central School District, New York adopted G Suite in 2010, and, after positive reception to Google’s educational technology, in 2012, the district began using Chromebooks. Today, students use Google Slides to create digital portfolios and take virtual field trips with Google Expeditions. Google technology has proved so transformative in the district that the device-to-student ratio in Amherst schools is now approaching 1:1.
  • In 2015, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Missouri gave a Chromebook to 17,500 students from grade K-12 through the G Suite Connect2Learn program. Students can use their Chromebooks at school and at home (or wherever a WiFi hotspot is available), increasing their learning opportunities throughout the week. A year later, the district’s BrightBytes CASE scores had risen across all four measures of the test: Classroom (up 3.4%), Access (up 3.2%), Skills (up 1.5%), and Environment (up 1.5%).


To read more stories like these, visit our Impact Portraits page at and stay tuned here for our next post on Impact Portraits from Europe. For ideas on how to bring technology into your school district, visit Google for Education’s Transformation Center. And follow @GoogleForEdu on Twitter to see all that’s launching at ISTE.


Redesigning Google News for everyone

Category: Google | Jun 27, 2017

Every day people come to Google News for a trusted view of the world. It’s there for everything from moments of political change to gripping sports events to daily local news. To make news more accessible and easier to navigate, we redesigned the desktop website with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control for users.


Here’s a deeper look:

Designed for readability


The new UI has a clean and uncluttered look, designed for comfortable reading and browsing.

  • We’ve adopted a card format that makes it easier to browse, scan and identify related articles about a story.
  • The new layout focuses on key elements, such as publisher names and article labels, and maintains your view and place on the page as you click in and out of stories and explore topics.  
  • We dedicated the navigation column on the left to sections that you customize. You can jump quickly to news you enjoy, whether it’s standard sections like Sports or Entertainment, or those created by you and powered by your queries, such as “FIFA World Cup” or “Bollywood.”

Easier navigation


At the top of the page you’ll notice a new navigation bar for “Headlines,” “Local” and “For You.” Upon signing in, you can personalize the “Local” and “For You” tabs. In “Local,” you can track stories from any part of the world that you care about—from your hometown to where you do business to where you went to school. In “For You,” you can pinpoint niche interests and create your own mini news feed, whether it’s following your favorite team, or satisfying your inner geek with news on cool gadgets and gizmos.

Story Cards with different perspectives


Story cards help you explore different perspectives to gain a well-rounded understanding of an issue. The first view offers a quick glance into a story. From there you can go deeper and read articles with different points of view which are frequently labeled with helpful tags (e.g., Local Source, Most Referenced, Opinion, or Fact Check). People have told us these labels identify important facets of a story and provide more context. As a result, whenever possible, we now show a second labeled article in addition to the top headline for each story. This way you can see additional context on stories immediately even as you are scanning.

The“Full Coverage” page, as the name suggests, lets you immerse yourself in coverage about a story or issue that you want to deep dive into.


Accessed from the story card, this page gives you a range of articles with a diversity of perspectives. You can sort by relevance or date, see top videos, and browse top news topics in the “Related” block.

A dedicated Fact Check block


Facts are at the heart of a story’s credibility. Last year we introduced the Fact Check label so you can get easy access to fact checking articles that investigate claims made in the story. Now we’re adding a Fact Check block on the right column of “Headlines” that shows the top fact checked articles recently published (this feature is currently available in the U.S. only).



Videos have become central to news storytelling, so we improved the algorithmic selection for top videos, highlighted the top video in a story card, and built a better player. While playing a video, more related videos will be available in the player.



Finally, we know you want to be in control of your news, so we are making it easier to update things under the hood, with all settings in one place. And to make Google News personal, new capabilities allow you to name your custom sections, edit existing sections, type in interests you want to see in the “For You” stream, and identify news sources that you want to see more (or less) of.

We’re rolling out this update globally in the coming days. We hope the new design enables you to easily access quality journalism, bolstered with meaningful insights and comprehensive coverage.