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Tell your mum, your kids and your dog - you can now share your movies and apps with the Google Play Family Library
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Families bond over shared entertainment, whether it’s Friday night movie night or a new favourite game. With this in mind, we’re introducing
, a way for up to six family members to share purchases on
. When you buy an eligible app, game, movie, TV show, or book in the Play Store, you can now share it with your family—across devices—with no additional sign-up fee.
Share across your family’s devices
Many families have a lot of devices, and it should be easy to share content no matter where we are or what we’re doing. Everyone in my family loves the Star Wars movies and we all want to be able to watch them on our phones, tablets, laptops, or TV. All purchases added to Family Library are available across Android devices, and movies, TV shows and books can be enjoyed on iOS devices and the web.
Easily manage sharing and family purchases
As with most family matters, flexibility and choice is important. With Family Library, you can choose which items you want to share and which to keep to yourself—for example, I’ll probably keep my collection of comic books in my personal library. Flexibility is also built into your purchasing options. When you sign up, you’ll select a credit card to share as your family payment method, but your family members will always have the option of buying stuff with their personal credit cards or gift cards. And for your younger family members, you’ll have the option to approve each of their purchases.
Share a Music subscription with your family
Finally, if your family loves music, you can also subscribe to the
Google Play Music family
plan. On this plan, up to six family members can stream millions of songs on demand for $14.99 a month. We
the family plan late last year, and today we’re expanding it to New Zealand. And you can now sign up on the web, in addition to your Android device.
Family Library is available in Australia and New Zealand from today. To get started,
in Google Play, invite your family members, and start sharing what you love!
Posted by Raj Iyengar, Product Manager, Google Play
The Digital Technologies Curriculum will help prepare Kiwis for the jobs of the future
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Preparing Kiwis for the careers of tomorrow begins in the classroom today. We welcome today’s announcement that
New Zealand will formally integrate Digital Technologies into the curriculum
. This curriculum will help produce a new generation of creators in technology by teaching students about
, design and programming.
that 75% of the fastest growing occupations require skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)—which are the building blocks for a career in computer science. We believe New Zealand’s innovation, growth and future prosperity will be accelerated by helping young people develop these critical skills.
As with any curriculum change, teachers will be the key to both educating and inspiring the next generation of innovators in the classroom. At Google and we’ve long supported the professional development of teachers.
We’ve supported the development of
Computer Science Field Guide
many other resources
to support teachers and classrooms across New Zealand and around the world. Through our Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) program, we work with our partners to train hundreds of high school teachers in computer science across New Zealand each year.
For example, this year we partnered with Professor Tim Bell at Canterbury University in Christchurch to offer the program to Christchurch's primary school teachers. Professor Bell has been working on a pilot to integrate computer science and computational thinking (a set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use) into other curriculum areas — such as numeracy, literacy, music, and physical education.
Students at Christchurch’s Chisnallwood Intermediate School completing an
While we know there’s a long way to go to implement this curriculum, we’re excited by it’s potential. As the new digital curriculum rolls out, we’re committed to continue our support for teachers to help prepare Kiwi kids for the jobs of the future.
Posted by Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community & Outreach Manager, Google New Zealand
Updates from ISTE: 4 new tools to help teachers do what they do best
Monday, July 4, 2016
Cross posted from the Google for Education blog
Teachers are great communicators, collaborators, creators and critical thinkers. It takes a teacher to empower students with these skills and create the leaders of the future. As technology becomes an increasingly integral component of our classrooms, the role of teachers becomes even more important.
Today at ISTE, we’re announcing four more ways for these everyday heroes to engage their classes and empower their students using Google tools. Look out for a deeper dive on each of these launches on the blog throughout this week.
Bring curriculum to life: introducing the Expeditions app
Since we launched the beta Expeditions Pioneer Program in September of 2015, more than
one million students
across 11 countries have taken one of our virtual reality trips. Today, we’re making Expeditions available to everyone. To get started, all teachers need to do is download the
onto a set of devices. With more than 200 Expeditions to choose from, students can journey far and wide, learning from immersive new experiences. Our content offerings have also grown to include Expeditions made by established educational content providers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Pearson is beginning work on Expeditions content as well. The app is available today for
and will be available for iPhones and iPads soon.
While Expeditions can be used with many of the devices schools or students already have — either smartphones with Google Cardboard or tablets in 2D full screen mode —
Best Buy Education
will also be making Expeditions kits available for schools to purchase. These kits will contain everything teachers need to bring their classes on amazing Expeditions: a tablet, virtual reality viewers and a router to connect them all. Kits are available for pre-order and will ship in time for back-to-school. We’ll also publish clear specs for partners interested in working with us to create their own kits.
Empower student-driven classrooms: Google Cast for Education
Collaboration is key to student success, but in most classrooms today the biggest screen in the room is out of reach for students. If students want to share their screens with the class, they have to physically connect their devices to the classroom projector. When teachers present, they’re tied to the projector at the front of the room. Educators are eager to overcome this barrier, so much so that wireless screen sharing for schools was one of the top features requested by teachers in 2015.
Today we’re announcing
Google Cast for Education
, a free Chrome app that allows students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly from everywhere in the classroom. Cast for Education carries video and audio across complex school networks, has built-in controls for teachers and works with
so it’s easy to invite your students. And because the app runs on the teacher’s existing computer, it doesn’t require new hardware. Teachers run the Cast for Education app, and students can share their screens with the existing Cast feature in Chrome. Check out the
Cast for Education video
Accelerate the feedback loop: Quizzes in Google Forms
Getting feedback early helps students learn and teachers teach. Starting today,
Quizzes in Google Forms
will allow teachers to auto-grade multiple choice and checkbox questions — so teachers can spend less time grading and more time teaching.
Teachers can also add review materials in the form of explanations, supplemental websites or review videos — so students can get quick, actionable feedback. Plus, teachers can get instant feedback on student progress, so they know which lessons need more explanation and what to teach next. We’ve also added a common request from educators to disallow students from sending themselves a copy of their responses.
Ignite student creativity: creative apps on Chromebooks
We’re on a mission to discover Chromebook tools that foster skills of the future, including problem-solving, digital literacy, leadership and creativity. We listened to teachers in Chromebook classrooms and collaborated with
, and we’re excited to announce a collection of creative apps on Chromebooks that schools can purchase as a bundle.
are creative apps that help students demonstrate their understanding of curriculum through their own unique voice. We’ve worked closely with our partners to offer these apps to schools at a special price when all three apps are purchased together. They may be purchased alongside Chromebooks or on their own. Contact your school’s reseller to learn more.
Students use creative apps at Muller Road Middle School in South Carolina [
watch video here
Posted by Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management, Google for Education & Cyrus Mistry, Lead Product Manager, Devices and Content in Education
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