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How three districts help their teachers learn and grow throughout the school year

Category: Google | Feb 9, 2017

Throughout the year, teachers are hard at work preparing lesson plans and improving their skills. And after school, on the weekends and during breaks, they also invest time in professional development, to expand their knowledge base and learn from their peers. We asked three school districts to share their best practices and programs to help teachers sharpen their skills and advance their careers. These programs can serve as inspiration for training programs throughout the school year.

Training for teachers by teachers
Okeechobee County School District’s professional development program, Camp IT, is democratic: for teachers, by teachers. At the two-day summer training camp, teachers brainstorm topics, such as how to use Schoology or Google for Education to engage students, and the 12 most popular topics, chosen by a vote, are explored throughout the day. This loose structure, which is often referred to as “unconference,” allows for personalized learning and more informal and interactive peer discussions.

“The more teachers can take charge of their learning, the more voice they will have because they’ll be learning what they’re passionate about,” says Michelle Branham, coordinator of instructional technology.


Teachers at Camp IT talk in small groups about how they use technology in the classroom.

Camp IT’s informal and intimate setting encourages more teachers to lead and contribute to sessions. With groups of five to 10 people, teachers feel more comfortable sharing their expertise and advice than they would with a large room of people.

“When the program began six years ago, vendors led a lot of the sessions at Camp IT, but we’ve shifted to a teacher-led program because teachers take more away from peers who are teaching them than a vendor who hasn’t used the tool in the classroom,” says Shawna May, director of information technology.

Providing a flexible, personalized program with incentives
Seminole County Public Schools holds a two-week summer institute for teachers and administrators called “The Power of You.” The sessions focus on core subjects, like math and English, as well as the curriculum. If the school is rolling out new learning software, they’ll also host a session around how to use the tool in the classroom.

Teachers choose specific topics depending on what’s most useful to them, such as “How to Teach Visual Learners” or “How to Provide Valuable Feedback via Google Docs,” and have the flexibility to attend one day or the full two weeks. They also get a stipend to attend, and qualify for an additional stipend if they submit a reflection paper at the end of their professional development. For example, a teacher can turn in a sample lesson plan after learning about a new learning management system and receive the reflection stipend. “We believe strongly in reflection on implementation and practice,” says Beth Pocius, the district’s manager of blended and digital curriculum implementation support.

Showcasing teachers’ classroom success with technology
Martin County School District in Florida hosts a four-day program similar to Okeechobee’s Camp IT called CampTEACH. The program empowers teachers to lead sessions and share their skills, and gives them the chance to network with others in the district that they might not see during the school week.

“CampTEACH focuses on effective use of technology in the classroom and serves as a forum to highlight great strategies and techniques teachers are using and gives them the opportunity to share those with their peers,” says Douglas Konopelko, Coordinator of Digital Learning, a Level 2 Google Certified Educator and Certified Google Apps Administrator.


Douglas Konopelko leads teachers through a brief tour of Martin County School District’s digital resources.

Camp IT and CampTEACH differ in that Martin County invites educational partners, such as Promethean, Safari Montage and HMH, to lead sessions. This allows for enormous variety—the 2015 summer program featured 83 sessions—but the most-attended sessions are still those taught by teachers, who can share on-the-ground experiences and relate to their peers’ daily struggles.

For example, this year, Douglas Konopelko, along with Jessica Falco, Digital Learning Specialist for Martin County and a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, taught sessions about how to use  Google Apps for Education in the classroom. “When I was a high school science teacher and assigned students to do a presentation, they uploaded their presentations onto a flash drive and passed the flash drive back and forth,” says Konopelko. “Teachers who attended the session realized student presentations would be easier and more collaborative because students can work in the same document at home or school.”

“Teachers’ faces lit up when they realized the power of these collaboration tools,” Falco adds. “Through these trainings, teachers are now able to use Google tools that allow for students to create authentic products, work in real-time collaboration with their peers in one document and experience what Google really has to offer for the classroom environment.”

These districts are just a few that are personalizing professional development for their teachers’ needs. We’re always looking for new sources of inspiration—share how your district provides teacher training opportunities by tagging @GoogleforEdu on Twitter.


A new home for Google in the Philippines

Category: Google | Feb 9, 2017

A lot has changed in the four years since we opened the doors to our first office in the Philippines: another 20 million Filipinos have come online, and with the number of smartphone users expected to hit 70 million people next year, Filipinos are consuming more online content than ever before.

Our team of Pinoy-Googlers working here has grown too, and we recently moved into a new office that’s inspired by famous sites, sounds and a few stars from around the country.

Manila office reception

The jeepney is quintessentially Filipino, so there’s no better icon to welcome you to our office. These loud and colorful converted jeeps are the most popular way to get around the country. 

Manila office ping pong

Having fun is all part of a day’s work. We encourage Googlers to bond and get to know each other over a friendly game of ping pong, with stars like champion boxer Manny Pacquiao looking on.

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Our spaces are built to encourage creativity and make collaboration easy — after all, that’s how the best ideas come about. Here’s one of our common areas inspired by the Tabon Caves. 

From the fiesta feeling in our cafeteria to the natural beauty of the limestone Tabon Caves, these Pinoy touches inspire us as we work on products and services that we hope will make Filipinos’ lives online easier, and to showcase more of our country’s culture and beauty for people around the world to explore on the Internet.

Sabtang lighthouse

Take in a 360° view of Sabtang in the country’s far north on Street View.

We recently added to the beautiful places you can visit in the Philippines on Google Street View, with nearly 200 new sites across the country from Batanes in the north, to Guimaras in the south. Check out this breathtaking 360° view of Sabtang Lighthouse.

Plaza Roma Intramuros

Visit Plaza Roma in Intramuros in virtual reality on Google Arts & Culture. Just select the Cardboard icon to switch to VR mode and pop your phone into a VR viewer like Google Cardboard.

And you can now take a guided, virtual reality tour of the walled city of Intramuros on the Google Arts & Culture platform. You can also appreciate Intramuros’ collection of historic religious sculptures.

Bringing more meaningful content online is just one way we’re helping to unlock the Internet for Filipinos. We’re also helping businesses of all sizes digitize so they can capture the opportunities of the country’s Internet economy, which is expected to grow in value to US$19 billion by 2025.

In the last four years, we’ve also seen the growth of many more businesses that are built entirely off of the Internet, like Zipmatch, a start-up that is using 360° technology to differentiate itself in the real-estate marketplace. Zipmatch is the first Filipino participant in our Launchpad Accelerator program, which provides equity-free support to help start-ups scale into thriving companies. We hope to see many more Pinoy Internet entrepreneurs come through this program.

These are just some of the exciting ways in which Pinoys are using the Internet, and how we’re working with them to make the most of it. But we want more people around the country to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that the Internet offers. With nearly two in five Filipinos still offline, we think we can play a role here. This is why we’ve announced that is supporting DigiBayanihan’s efforts to bring basic ICT skills to 1 million Filipinos across Visayas and Mindanao. By training so-called “digibayanis” (or digital heroes), we hope to increase digital literacy in hard-to-reach places, and build a more inclusive online environment.

DTI Secretary Lopez tried out Google Cardboard

Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Lopez joined us at our housewarming salu-salo, where he gave the Cardboard tour of Intramuros a whirl. Here’s what he had to say: “With the population getting more connected and engaged every day, it is necessary for individuals, businesses, and communities to have the right skills to thrive in today’s modern economy. We join Google in its commitment to promote digital inclusion, empower every Filipino online, and in effect, drive the country’s economy forward.”

Mabuhay and we look forward to welcoming you to our new home. And as everyone already knows, it really is more fun at Google Philippines!


Step "Into the Wild" with Tango at Singapore ArtScience Museum

Category: Google | Feb 8, 2017

The Sumatran tiger is among the most critically endangered species in the world, with just 400 tigers surviving today. Its natural habitat is also one of the most threatened regions. With a new virtual reality experience, visitors to Into the Wild at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum can get really close to this threatened species, walk through and learn more about its rainforest habitat. All you need to guide you on this educational virtual adventure is a smartphone with Tango, a technology that enables augmented reality experiences.

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Into the Wild helps raise awareness for the endangered Sumatran tiger through an augmented reality experience built on Tango technology. You can tap on cards to view more information about the animals. 

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With phones that use Tango technology, it’s possible to track motion, understand distances in the real-world, and recognize locations. This is what makes it possible to build a virtual world on top of the real one. Into the Wild is only the second virtual and augmented reality museum experience using Tango.

Into the Wild - Butterflies

Start your digital adventure by picking up a Lenovo Phab 2 Pro when you enter. Fire up the device, follow a kaleidoscope of butterflies and watch the real world transform into a virtual forest.

As you walk through the exhibit and point the tablet in different directions, you’ll experience what it’s like to walk through the rainforest and meet some of its inhabitants along the way, many of which are endangered by deforestation and other illegal activity.

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Help free a trapped mouse-deer

You’ll discover a mouse-deer — the smallest known hoofed animal — that’s been trapped. You can help it escape by tapping the cage it is caught in.

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Follow Malayan tapirs as they find a drink

Continue on your journey, and you’ll come across a stream and see a Malayan tapir as it waddles toward the waterfall for a drink. Malayan tapirs are hard to spot as there are less than 2,000 of them in the wild.

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A fire starts in the forest, threatening the animals

You might then see an orangutan enjoying some fruit as it lounges in the trees. But all of sudden, a raging fire will shatter the tranquil scene and blanket the forest with thick smoke.

What happens next? You’ll have to find out when Into the Wild opens at Singapore ArtScience Museum on February 11. Best of all, your actions can have a direct impact in the real world. When you complete your adventure, you can plant a virtual tree and donate to the WWF to help their efforts to restore Southeast Asia’s rainforests.

We’re thrilled by this collaboration with Singapore ArtScience Museum, Lenovo, WWF and many other great partners* to bring the Southeast Asian rainforest to life. We hope Into the Wild helps more people learn about some of the world’s most endangered species and their habitats, and that it sparks and inspires the imagination of current and aspiring developers to build many more exciting AR/VR experiences.

*Into the Wild was built in collaboration with Lenovo, WWF and Singapore artist Brian Gothong Tan, in association with Panasonic and Qualcomm, and developed by creative production company MediaMonks.


Four tips for project-based learning in the connected era

Category: Google | Feb 8, 2017

Editor’s note: As part of our ongoing celebration of students and teachers, we’re highlighting leaders across the world to share how they’re creating more collaborative, engaging classrooms. Today’s guest author is Claire Amos, one of the keynote speakers from Education on Air, Google’s free online conference which took place in December 2016. Claire, deputy principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School outside of Auckland, New Zealand, shares how schools can adopt project-based learning to encourage students to think about the connected world.

What do “Ender’s Game,” science, gamification and history have in common? At Hobsonville Point Secondary School, our English teacher and science teacher put their heads together to design a class around the future of gamification, looking at influences from literature and the study of war.

In an increasingly connected world, it’s important for students to understand how seemingly different topics converge so they can be prepared for future education and careers. One way to teach these connections is through project-based learning—blending topics to remove the silos that typically exist between different subjects. That was our goal when Hobsonville opened in 2014, and since then we’ve learned a lot. Here are four tips for schools interested in project-based learning for the connected era.

Encourage reflection on learning

Many students start the school day by visiting their homeroom, where teachers call roll and make school-wide announcements. But the first class of the day should be spent teaching students to reflect on what they’re learning. At Hobsonville, we take a “learning hub” approach to homeroom, in which students meet in small groups with a learning coach for the first class three times a week. During this time, students set goals, reflect on successes and challenges, organize their priorities and get the mentoring support they need. Just 10 or 15 minutes, a few times a week, helps students get a more holistic view of their education.

Work with other teachers

Your fellow teachers are your greatest asset—make sure you’re communicating and joining forces when you can. At Hobsonville, we combine two subjects and teach students skills across the disciplines. Last semester, a science and PE module explored the physics of skateboarding. In an English and art module, students designed the school magazine. If you don’t have the expertise from teachers to explore a creative topic, bring in a guest speaker.

Empower students to lead community-based projects

Every semester students at Hobsonville choose a theme—like sustainability or robotics—and work with community partners to solve a related problem or design a product that will help people. For example, one group of students set out to make walking to school safer by creating wearable technology that lights up when students hold hands in a chain. Tying projects to the community creates lasting connections with organizations and helps students see the impact of their work on the real world.

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Partner with professionals to act as mentors

Every student should have a learning coach that guides them throughout their education. Invite alumni, professionals in the community and researchers to mentor your students and partner with them on projects. Students at Hobsonville have worked with a range of leaders including the founder and CEO of brain-sensing technology company Thought-Wired, a native food and beauty expert, and a young woman who is encouraging girls to pursue coding. It’s a win-win: These professionals mentor the students, and students help the professionals advance their businesses. Students not only learn how to apply their skills in the professional setting—they learn how to think beyond themselves.

It’s our job as educators to help students see the natural overlap between academic subjects, and to connect these lessons to everyday life. And through project-based learning and thinking creatively about lesson plans, we can make it happen.

Learn more by watching Claire’s recorded talk from Education on Air.


Anvato, Google’s complete OTT video platform, now on Google Cloud Platform

Category: Google | Feb 8, 2017

Last year was an exciting one for the Anvato team. We joined Google Cloud in July and we also rolled out support for 360º video. We’re kicking off this year strong with the recent migration of Anvato’s services onto Google Cloud Platform (GCP) infrastructure.  

Now GCP offers a fully managed, end-to-end video processing and management platform for signal acquisition, live and video-on-demand editing, hybrid encoding, social and premium syndication, dynamic ad insertion, authenticated playback, video analytics and player SDKs across all connected devices. The products cover a broad range of cutting-edge video processing solutions for pay TV operators, programmers, broadcasters and live event producers, and GCP is now the preferred option for Anvato customers of the likes of NBCUniversal, Univision, Scripps Networks Interactive, Media General and others – for OTT and cloud-based video processing and delivery.

The launch on GCP provides Anvato customers with new storage and delivery options, access to GCP’s global network of data centers, as well as access to innovation at all levels — hardware, software and operations. Machine learning, automation and additional scale are some of the areas we’re focusing on.

To learn more about GCP’s Media Solutions, visit our web page here, or visit the Anvato website.

The Anvato team has always believed in thinking big and leading the media industry with innovative technologies. As part of GCP, we’re thinking bigger than ever, and 2017 will no doubt be another big year.


Android Wear 2.0: Make the most of every minute

Category: Google | Feb 8, 2017

While traditional watches tell the time, Android Wear watches make the most of your time. In an instant, you can check when and where you’re meeting a friend, whether you’ll need an umbrella tonight, or how many minutes you’ve been active today—all without reaching for your phone. Today, we’re announcing Android Wear 2.0 to give you more informative watch faces, better workouts, new ways to use apps, more ways to stay in touch and on-the-go help from the Google Assistant. We’re also introducing two new watches that run Android Wear 2.0.

More personalized, helpful watch faces

You can now personalize your Android Wear always-on watch face with information and actions from your favorite apps. Simply glance at your wrist to check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or whatever is important to you. A quick tap on your watch face lets you instantly order an Uber ride, start a workout, or get in touch with your significant other. Interested in different info throughout the day? Just swipe to switch your watch face as you go from the office to the gym to dinner with friends and home again.

Android Wear 2.0 Watch Face

Better ways to work out

Google Fit, the pre-installed fitness app on most Android Wear watches, now lets you track your pace, distance, calories burned and heart rate* as you’re walking, running or cycling. You can also measure weight-lifting reps, in addition to push-ups, sit-ups and squats. When you work out with a cellular-connected Android Wear watch, you can stay in touch with calls and messages, stream tunes from Google Play Music and still use your favorite apps right on your watch.

New ways to use apps

With Android Wear 2.0, you can choose which apps you want on your watch and download them directly from the new on-watch Google Play Store. If your watch has a cellular connection, you can make calls and use your watch apps no matter where your phone is. Whether you use an Android phone or iPhone, you’ll be able to use apps built for Android Wear 2.0, like AccuWeather, Android Pay*, Bring!, Foursquare, Google Fit, Google Messenger, Google Play Music, Lifesum, Robinhood, Runkeeper, Runtastic, Strava, Telegram, Uber and many more.

More ways to respond to messages

Now it’s easier than ever to read and respond to a message right from your watch. When you receive a message, you can expand the notification and tap to respond by dictating, typing or handwriting your answer, or drawing an emoji. Try it out on apps like Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram or WhatsApp. Need to respond quickly and discreetly? Use Smart Reply, which instantly and intelligently suggests different responses based on the message you received.

The Google Assistant on your wrist

Android Wear 2.0 brings the Google Assistant to your wrist, so you can find answers and get things done—hands free. Ask your Google Assistant about the weather or remind yourself to bring an umbrella. Make a restaurant reservation or navigate to work. You can even update your shopping list right from your wrist. To ask for help, just hold down the power button on your watch or say “Ok Google.” The Google Assistant is available in English and German on Android Wear and will be available in other languages in the coming months.

Introducing LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport

The first watches with Android Wear 2.0 are the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport—both designed in collaboration with Google.

LG Watch Style & LG Watch Sport

The LG Watch Style is thin, light, beautiful to look at, and comfortable to wear. It’s available in three classic designs and finishes—silver, rose gold and titanium—and compatible with snap-and-swap 18mm leather and silicone bands out of the box, so you can quickly switch bands to match your look or the occasion. The rotating power button lets you easily scroll through your stream, bring up the app launcher, or get help from your Google Assistant.

The LG Watch Sport is Android Wear’s most powerful watch yet. Available in titanium and dark blue, the LG Watch Sport comes with a high performance elastomer strap, NFC for payments, GPS for tracking exercise and navigation, a heart rate sensor for your workouts, and cellular connectivity. With dedicated buttons for Google Fit and Android Pay, plus a rotating power button, it lets you instantly launch your favorite apps. From phone calls to payments, LG Watch Sport is pretty much everything you need whether you’re running the trails or just running some errands.

If you’re in the U.S., you can find the LG Watch Style at Best Buy and the Google Store and the LG Watch Sport at AT&T, Verizon and the Google Store, starting February 10. These watches will be available at carriers and retailers across Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and UK in the coming weeks.

Android Wear 2.0 will be available for all supported watches in the coming weeks. We hope Android Wear 2.0 lets you stay more informed, organized, healthy and connected to what matters most.

Android Wear: Make the most of every minute

*  Some features require hardware sensors which are not available on all Android Wear watches.

Current watches getting Android Wear 2.0 include: ASUS ZenWatch 2 & 3, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio PRO TREK Smart, Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander, Huawei Watch, LG Watch R, LG Watch Urbane & 2nd Edition LTE, Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 for Women, Moto 360 Sport, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission, Polar M600 and TAG Heuer Connected.


New approaches aimed at addressing the CS capacity crunch

Category: Google | Feb 7, 2017

We launched the CS Capacity program in 2015 to help address a very specific problem: the dramatic increase in undergraduate Computer Science (CS) enrollments, which is creating serious resource and pedagogical challenges for many colleges and universities. Through this program, we’ve been working alongside a diverse set of universitie—including George Mason University, Mount Holyoke College, Rutgers University, the University California, Berkeley, Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of Florida, and the University of North Carolina—who each bring a unique approach to dealing with increasing numbers of students with a limited resources (including faculty and classroom space).

Two years in, we wanted to share an update on some of the projects and ideas that have emerged to help support the expansion of high-quality undergraduate CS programs:

Enabling self-paced learning

Allowing students to move through learning content at their own pace benefits students by enabling them to take as much or as little time as they need to master concepts and skills. It also reduces overcrowding in CS1 by moving students into higher level courses more quickly.

  • The team at George Mason have developed an online system that provides self-paced learning for CS1 and CS2 classes, guiding learners through the materials quickly or slowly depending on their needs. The system, called SPARC, includes course content, practice and assessment exercises, mini-lectures and more.
  • At Rutgers, they’re defining additional features to improve their use of Autolab (a course management system that include automated grading). This includes building a hint system to provide more information for students who are struggling with a concept or assignment, crowd-sourcing grading, and studying how students think about CS content and the kinds of errors they regularly make.

Ensuring better engagement of women and underrepresented students

Women and some populations of minority students are significantly underrepresented in CS programs. More research is needed to understand how these populations are being impacted by increased enrollments.

  • The team at Rutgers has been exploring the gender gap at multiple levels using a longitudinal study across four required CS classes. They’re investigating several factors that may impact the retention of women and underrepresented student populations, including intention to major in CS, grades and prior experience.
  • The Dept. of Computer Science at Duke has been conducting a systematic assessment of what student characteristics predict retention and success in its undergraduate program—focusing particularly on women, underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students.


Some members of the MaGe Peer Mentor program at Mount Holyoke College

Increasing access to mentorship and tutoring

Many CS programs are dealing with the significant increase in students in early CS courses by increasing the number of undergraduate tutors, creating a need for better tutor training.

  • The MaGe Peer Mentor program at Mount Holyoke College has created online course curriculum that helps to recruit and train students to be undergraduate peer mentors, preparing them to provide effective feedback on coding assignments. They’ve made this content accessible online so that other institutions can also prepare their student tutors.
  • At University of California, Berkeley, the team has instituted a small-group tutoring program that includes weekend mastery learning sessions, increased office hours support, designated discussions sections, project checkpoint deadlines, walkthrough videos, and a new office hours app that tracks student satisfaction.
  • The team at Duke, NCSU, UNC and UF have created a free online tool called My Digital Hand (MDH) that helps manage and track data such as how many hours peer mentors are spending with mentees. The team has also been working on ASCEND (Adaptive Student Computing Environment with Natural Language Dialogue), a tool that allows students to share their projects and chat with their peer teaching fellows during lessons. ASCEND also logs all programming actions and chats.

    These teams participating in CS Capacity program will continue to share their solutions and results with the community via conferences and publications. Several will be presenting papers on these new interventions and tools at the SIGCSE conference in March. If you’ll be there, please join the “New Tools and Solutions to Address the CS Capacity Crunch” panel discussion on Thursday, March 9 called from 3:45-5:00 pm.

    Given the likelihood that CS undergraduate enrollments will continue to climb, it is critical that the CS education community continue to find, test and share solutions and tools that enable institutions to effectively teach more students while maintaining the quality of the education experience for students.


    Introducing Google Cloud Search: Bringing the power of Google Search to G Suite customers

    Category: Google | Feb 7, 2017

    Every day, people around the globe rely on the power of Google Search to access the world’s information. In fact, we see more than one trillion searches each year. As we continue to invest in new cloud-based technologies like machine learning to power our web search engine, we want to help businesses harness the same technology to search for internal information. Today, we’re announcing Google Cloud Search (formerly known as Springboard), a new product that uses machine intelligence to provide a unified search experience across G Suite.

    Sorting through internal information has become increasingly complex as more and more companies move their data and workloads to the cloud. As a result, teams are working on hybrid environments and storing immense amounts of data all over and in various formats. From emails and docs to spreadsheets, slides, forms, internal sites, and more. In fact, according to McKinsey, the average knowledge worker spends 20% of the workweek searching for and consolidating information. Simply put, employees are wasting a lot of time in the process of finding information they need to do their job.

    A smarter search experience, tailored for you

    Cloud Search brings the best of Google Search and machine intelligence to G Suite. It provides both comprehensive search and proactive recommendations to help you throughout your day.

    For example, when you open the Cloud Search app on your phone or laptop, you’ll see relevant information organized into simple cards (assist cards) that help you stay on top of your work. Assist cards are a new way to help you find the right information at the right time. Using Google’s machine intelligence technology, these  cards can help you prepare for an upcoming meeting or even suggest files that need your attention.

    Assist cards are designed to be timely and relevant so that you can navigate your workday more efficiently. As we continue to learn how information is most useful to you, we’ll be adding more assist cards to Cloud Search over time.  

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    In addition to searching for information, you can also search for people listed in your company’s directory. You’ll see colleagues’ contact details, plus events and files you have in common. You can even choose to send an email, make a call, or start a Hangout with just a tap.

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    For businesses, privacy is a top priority. Cloud Search respects G Suite’s file sharing permissions, so people can only search for and find files that they have access to. This means that company resources like vacation policies can be found by everyone in your organization, but your team projects will only surface to people on your team, and your to-do lists will only be available to you.

    Breaking down information silos at work

    Since launching in the Early Adopter Program last summer, companies have been using Cloud Search to break down internal silos and access information more quickly. QAD, an ERP solutions provider for global manufacturing companies, helps businesses manage their finances, supply chain, business intelligence and more. Very little time can be spared sifting through documents to find what’s needed to make strategic business decisions, so QAD uses Cloud Search to help.

    “At QAD, we operate at a high-level of speed and require technology that provides us agility, flexibility and seamless access to information. Cloud Search provides that. It’s given us the ability to break down silos that exist across different content systems and unlock information with very little effort from IT, “ says Scott Lawrence Lawson, Director of IT Architecture.

    Coming to G Suite

    Cloud Search will begin rolling out globally for customers using the G Suite Business and Enterprise editions. And this is just the beginning. In the future, we’ll be adding more capabilities to Cloud Search including integration with third-party applications. That way, you and your team can find, access and make the most of your information in G Suite and beyond. 


    The geeky detective-work that protects you online, automatically

    Category: Google | Feb 7, 2017

    Using a strong password without recycling it on different accounts, exchanging personal information only on encrypted sites, keeping your software up to date: these tried-and-true tips have never been more important for staying safe online. But this Safer Internet Day, we wanted to give some insight into how our systems help keep you safe, automatically—on Google and beyond. No switches to flip or buttons to click, these protections always have your back.

    Outsmarting phishing to protect your Google Account

    Sometimes, email may look like it came from someone you trust, but it might be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This spammy message is trying to phish you—trick you into giving away your personal information—and then hijack your account.

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    Spam emails take advantage of your trust in friends or businesses to try to infect your computer or steal your username and password

    Luckily, we’ve built lots of smart armor into Gmail to automatically zap scammy messages before you ever see them. Our systems anonymously examine thousands of signals across all of Gmail—where a message originated, to whom it’s addressed, how often the sender has contacted the recipient in the past—to determine which messages are safe, and which ones aren’t. We then filter the vast majority of this nasty stuff out; the average Gmail inbox contains less than 0.1 percent spam.

    Still, across the internet, the bad guys can be pretty clever. For example, a fraudster could steal your username and password because you accidentally shared them on an especially deceptive scam site. But, even if attackers have your credentials, our systems are still able to block them and keep your account safe, something we did hundreds of millions of times in 2016. That’s because we aren’t just making sure you’ve typed the right password. We also look for subtler signals to confirm the sign-in doesn’t look funky: Are you using the same device that you usually use? Are you in a familiar location, or somewhere far away that you haven’t been to before? We want to make sure the sign-in attempt doesn’t resemble other concerning sign-in patterns that may be on our radar at any given time.

    The secret sauce is the systems that detect these subtler signals—clues—billions and billions of times every day to help paint the picture of a safe log-in. Think of these like Sherlock Holmes’ magnifying glass…if it were powered by a few data centers. The clues scammers may not even know they’re leaving behind help us inspect each new log-in attempt and compare it with the picture of a safe log-in that our systems have painted based on billions and billions of other log-ins. If something looks fishy, we’ll require more verifications designed to thwart bad guys, send notifications to your phone, or email you so you can quickly act on anything that looks unfamiliar.

    On the web, on Android: we’ve got you covered


    A Safe Browsing warning: red means stop!

    We use similar security tools to help make the web and a huge variety of Android apps and devices safer too.

    For example, have you ever clicked a link and seen a red warning, like this? That’s Safe Browsing at work, strongly suggesting you should avoid visiting a site because it probably contains “badness,” like malware or a phishing trap. Similar to the way we crawl the web to deliver search results, Safe Browsing crawls for bad stuff that might be harmful to you or your device. It’s always hard at work: We show tens of millions of Safe Browsing warnings every week on more than 2 billion devices, across a variety of web browsers.

    For our Android users, we developed an “app analyzer” that builds on Safe Browsing’s technology to specifically hunt for dangerous Android apps, wherever they may be, and warn you before you install one. If an app doesn’t pass the app analyzer test, it won’t be allowed in Google Play. An additional protection, Verify Apps, runs directly on Android devices, proactively checking more than 6 billion apps and 400 million devices every day. It checks in when you install an app, returns frequently to make sure everything looks safe, and if something is amiss, can remove the app from afar.

    Detecting the obvious badness—sites well-known for phishing scams, ransomware that locks your device until you pay a fraudster—is relatively easy. But the stealthier badness is only detectable by measuring billions of signals across sites and apps. If this sounds similar to the way we approach spam protections on Gmail or suspicious logins into Google, that’s because it is! The ability to understand badness on a large scale enables us to find the clues bad guys don’t even know they were leaving behind.

    We have a responsibility to keep you safe on Google, and help make the web more secure as well. We’re constantly improving our automatic protections, but we want to give you the controls to adjust your security settings as well. With that in mind, celebrate Safer Internet Day by taking our two-minute Security Checkup to protect your account and adjust your security settings. You can also learn more about other ways to keep your Google Account secure at


    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau documents the changing landscape of Greenland

    Category: Google | Feb 6, 2017

    Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones” star and newly-appointed U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. Nikolaj partnered with our Street View team to collect imagery of Greenland’s beautiful and changing landscape, where the impact of global warming can be seen firsthand.

    Year after year we’ve seen record high temperatures across our planet due to global warming. And Greenland, which I consider my family’s second home, is changing faster than anywhere else on Earth. Here the effects of climate change are easy to see: as sea ice melts and glaciers crumble, places once covered in ice are now bare land.

    Greenland Glacier

    See Greenland Glacier in Timelapse

    Late last year, the Google Maps team came to visit and we went on an adventure to collect Street View imagery of Greenland. Statistics, scientific reports and graphs can be bewildering, but I hope seeing these images will help people understand the drastic changes taking place in Greenland, and inspire you to fall in love with it the way I have. Unless we change these climate trends, the next time we bring the trekker to Greenland the landscape may be unrecognizable from what you see today.

    Nikolaj Trekker

    Our first stop is the town of Igaliku. With a population of just 27, Igaliku is one of Greenland’s most idyllic villages—a smattering of brightly colored houses and hillsides dotted with sheep. As the landscape has changed, so too has the local economy. Alongside new opportunities to mine precious metals that were previously inaccessible, the changing patterns of freezing and melting glaciers have dramatically disrupted the fishing and hunting lifestyles that have sustained the local Inuit population for centuries.


    Greenland is also known for its hot springs. The geothermal springs on the remote island of Uunartoq are one of my favorite destinations, with views of icebergs and towering snow-capped mountain peaks.


    Our final stop is the majestic glacial-covered Qoorog Fjord, where the second largest ice sheet in the world terminates into the sea. The ice sheet is melting at an increased pace—pouring 300 billion tons of ice into the ocean each year. This melting harms important coastal ecosystems, local food and water supplies and is a major contribution to rising sea levels.


    We have a responsibility to protect this beautiful planet we live on, and I’m starting at my own front door. But everywhere and everyone is vulnerable to the effects of our warming planet. Let’s band together and do something about it—learn about global efforts to combat climate change and discover ways to take action.