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Vacation greetings from Undertaking Fi

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$thirteen million dollars in 10 years: CS skilled improvement grants are open

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Ten years ago, Jeff Walz, a manager on Google’s University Relations team, had a hunch about widening access to computer science (CS) education for students—he thought that if teachers could train other teachers, who would then train their students, together they could create a ripple effect. After attending a Carnegie Mellon University workshop for high school teachers designed to expose them to the “bigger picture of computer science,” Walz was inspired to create opportunities for teachers to expand their skill set. So he created Google’s first grant program to fund professional development opportunities in computer science for high school teachers.

Jeff at CMU celebrating the 10th anniversary of the DARPA Urvan challenge

Over the 10 years since, we’ve provided more than $13 million through our professional development grants program, formerly known as CS4HS, to fund teacher PD in computer science education around the world. Over 50,000 educators in more than 50 countries have benefited from our professional development program, designed to grow their confidence and skillset. This program is just one example of our ongoing commitment to ensure more students have access to computer science education.

And today, grant applications are open to school districts, universities, and other education nonprofits around the world for the 2018-2019 school year. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the program, we’re expanding to include applications to fund PD programs for primary, secondary, middle school teachers, as well as teachers who are still in school. Grants are available in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

The impact of professional development grants for educators

Here are a few stories of how PD providers have used our funding to support and enable educator impact:

three methods staff will profit from digital transformation in 2018

Editor’s note: Business is no longer as usual. New technologies in the workplace, like machine learning and augmented reality, create opportunities for companies to enhance employee productivity. Alan Lepofsky, analyst at Constellation Research, Inc. discusses three key areas where technology will impact work as we know it.

From Baby Boomers to Gen Z, today’s workplace contains a mixture of generations. Although each has grown up with very different technological and cultural experiences, all face similar challenges at work, like information overload and having to stay up-to-date with technology that’s constantly changing. But all is not lost! The future of work is an exciting one which will leverage new tools, technologies and techniques to help people get work done.

At Constellation Research, three of the top areas we’re tracking around employees in the digital workplace are: 1. using technology to augment how teams accomplish work, 2. using data to guide actions and prioritize projects and 3. using technology to encourage more creativity among teams. Here are some of the things we’re observing.

Augmenting our ability to get more done

No longer a thing of the future, AI is already all around us in a big way—powering the voice input on our phones or the content in our news streams.

While conversations about AI often turn to science fiction, the reality for knowledge workers is that AI is already enhancing how they work, and will continue to do so. We’re already seeing email clients that recommend replies, calendars that automate meeting scheduling, and video services that transcribe content.

The way we create, consume and interact with content is also changing. Legacy whiteboards in meeting rooms are being replaced by large, intelligent and interactive screens that allow people to collaborate whether they’re in the same room or across the world. Augmented and virtual reality

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Extra causes to like your Pixel telephone Stranger Things AR Stickers”>Once you spend money on a smartphone, you anticipate it to final some time (and never go outdated when the subsequent product comes alongside). We anticipate that, too, so we always add new experiences to Pixel telephones to ensure they maintain getting higher over time. Listed here are a number of highlights from current weeks:1. Have enjoyable and get artistic with Augmented Actuality Stickers Pixel 2 has the world’s highest-rated smartphone camera, and it enables you to do much more along with taking nice pictures and movies. This week, we’re bringing AR Stickers to Pixel, so you possibly can add digital characters and playful emojis immediately into your photographs and movies to convey your favourite tales to life. You do not have to journey to a galaxy far, distant to group up with characters from “Star Wars: The Final Jedi,” like BB-eight, a stormtrooper, or a porg. You’ll be able to mess around with Eleven, the Demogorgon, and your different favourite characters from Netflix’s “Stranger Issues;” use Foodmoji and 3D Textual content stickers once you’re feeling hungry; or shoot a celebratory video at your New Yr’s get together with AR balloons and champagne. AR stickers from Netflix’s “Stranger Issues”×

Google Pixel 2 | Stranger Things AR Stickers

When you invest in a smartphone, you expect it to last a while (and not go out of date when the next product comes along). We expect that, too, so we constantly add new experiences to Pixel phones to make sure they keep getting better over time. Here are a few highlights from recent weeks:

1. Have fun and get creative with Augmented Reality Stickers

Pixel 2 has the world’s highest-rated smartphone camera, and it lets you do a lot more in addition to taking great photos and videos. This week, we’re bringing AR Stickers to Pixel, so you can add virtual characters and playful emojis directly into your photos and videos to bring your favorite stories to life.

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to team up with characters from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” like BB-8, a stormtrooper, or a porg. You can play around with Eleven, the Demogorgon, and your other favorite characters from Netflix’s “Stranger Things;” use Foodmoji and 3D Text stickers when you’re feeling hungry; or shoot a celebratory video at your New Year’s party with AR balloons and champagne.

AR stickers from Netflix’s “Stranger Things”

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Brains, magnificence and beats: Google House Max is right here Introducing Smart Sound”>Simply in time for the vacations, Google Residence Max is now obtainable on-line from Best Buy, the Google Store, Verizon and Walmart. Max brings collectively the comfort of controlling your music together with your voice, with premium, top quality audio. Google House Max sounds fairly superb proper out of the field as a result of it is our first speaker with Sensible Sound. Powered by Google’s synthetic intelligence (AI), Sensible Sound means Max can mechanically adapt itself based mostly on the place it is positioned within the room. There isn’t any additional setup or testing required. Even when you transfer Max from one spot to a different, it’s going to constantly tune itself to the room, so your music will sound one step nearer to the studio. ×

Google Home Max | Introducing Smart Sound

Just in time for the holidays, Google Home Max is now available online from Best Buy, the Google Store, Verizon and Walmart. Max brings together the convenience of controlling your music with your voice, with premium, high quality audio.

Google Home Max sounds pretty amazing right out of the box because it’s our first speaker with Smart Sound. Powered by Google’s artificial intelligence (AI), Smart Sound means Max can automatically adapt itself based on where it’s placed in the room. There’s no extra setup or testing required. Even if you move Max from one spot to another, it’ll continuously tune itself to the room, so your music will sound one step closer to the studio.

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