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GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR
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On 11 January, 2011, we are launching the inaugural Google Science Fair. We
have partnered with NASA, CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American and
the LEGO Group to create a new STEM competition that is more open,
accessible and global than ever before. We are reaching out to educators
prior to launch to let you know “the Google Science Fair is coming” and to
extend an invitation to schools and teachers to get involved early in our
global competition.

To sign up for fun and free resource kits for your classroom or school (with
bookmarks, stickers, posters and more!) and a reminder notification when GSF
registration opens, please visit the Google Science Fair at:
http://www.google.com/sciencefair <http://google.com/sciencefair>

The Google Science Fair is a global competition that any student aged 13 -
18 from around the world is eligible to enter. Students can enter as
individuals or as teams of up to three. There is no entry fee and
registration and submission will happen online. The deadline for submissions
will be the 4 April, 2011. The Science Fair will culminate in a “once in a
lifetime” celebratory event at Google headquarters in California in July
2011 where finalists will compete for internships, scholarships and prizes
in front of a panel of celebrity scientist judges including Nobel Laureates,
tech visionaries and household names.

We want to celebrate and champion great young scientific talent and give
students from around the world the opportunity to compete for amazing
experiences, prizes, scholarships and internships.  We hope you are as
excited about this upcoming competition as we are are!

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GOOGLE TEACHER ACADEMY IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
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We've got GTA news!  We'll be holding the next Google Teacher Academy in
Sydney, Australia on Thursday, March 10th (with an optional half day
unconference on March 11th) at the Google office in Sydney.  We are
accepting applications from  all over the world, so polish up your writing
and video skills and apply by 11:59 PM PST (UTC/GMT -8) on 27 January 2011.
 For more information, please visit our site:
http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html.

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GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR SERIES
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Learn how to use Google Apps in the classroom with a new bi-weekly webinar
series lead by Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers. Webinars will
be held biweekly on Tuesdays, 4:30PM PT and will also be recorded and
archived.

Future webinar topics for this series include:
- Dec 7: Google Apps 5x5 - 5 features for 5 products to take Apps to the
next level:
https://google.webex.com/google/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=968946500
- Dec 21: The collaborative STEM classroom:
https://google.webex.com/google/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=968946500
- Jan 4: Become a Gmail Ninja:
https://google.webex.com/google/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=963565943

For more resources, check out the Google Apps for Education Online Training
center at edutraining.googleapps.com/

Find a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer to lead PD at your
school: http://www.google.com/apps/teachertraining

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"EXTRA CREDIT" GOOGLE APPS WEBINAR SERIES FEATURING NORTHWESTERN, TRUMAN
STATE, CLEMSON, AND MORE
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This month, join our webinar series for higher-ed IT leaders who want to
learn more and do more with Google Apps. Hear directly from other
universities and partners about how your school can integrate, customize,
and extend Google Apps for Education. Topics include:

12/6: Using Google Apps as an e-portfolio solution
12/7: Integrating Google Apps with Blackboard™ using "Bboogle"
12/8: Integrating Google Apps with SunGard™ products
12/9: What EDUs can learn from Enterprise Apps implementations

Webinars are free.
Reserve your spot now at  http://www.google.com/apps/extracredit.

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EXPLORING COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
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Over the past year, a group of California-credentialed teachers along with
our own Google engineers collaborated to develop Exploring Computational
Thinking (http://www.google.com/edu/ect), a program committed to promoting
computational thinking (CT) throughout the K-12 curriculum to support
student learning and expose everyone to this critical set of skills. Similar
to some of our other initiatives in education, including CS4HS (cs4hs.com)
and Google Code University (code.google.com/edu), we are providing educators
like yourselves with access to our curriculum models, resources, and
communities to help you learn more about CT and discuss it as a strategy for
teaching and understanding core curriculum as well as easily incorporate CT
into your own curriculum, whether it be in math, science, language, history,
or beyond.

To learn more about our program or access CT curriculum materials and other
resources, visit us at www.google.com/edu/ect.

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GOOGLE CODE-IN
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Google Code-in is our contest for 13-18 year olds to get involved in
opensource software. Starting November 22 students will be able to work on a
variety of tasks like documentation, outreach, translation, coding, and user
interfaces and win $100 for every 3 tasks they complete. 10 Grand Prize
Winners will also get an all-expenses-paid trip to Google's headquarters.
Check out http://code.google.com/gci for more information.

Google for Educators
http://www.google.com/educators