Google Announces New Education Features and AI Tools, New Chromebooks
By Kate Lucariello
Google has announced 15 new Chromebooks and more than 30 new Google for Education features, both available now and to be rolled out this year, the company said in a blog about its recent and upcoming showcases at annual ed tech exhibition Bett 2024.
Recent and forthcoming tech and features will impact all areas of Google for Education offerings to address "some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing education today, including using AI in the classroom," the company said.
Hallmarks include the following:
Duet AI in Workspace, to help teachers create and control their data when they build lesson plans in Docs, generate images in Slides, create plans in Sheets, and more;
A Resources tab in Google Classroom to create and share interactive lessons with practice sets and videos;
Actionable insights in Classroom Analytics into such areas as assignment progress, grades, and more; and
eSignature for creating contracts, getting document and pdf signatures, and managing templates.
Personalized learning and assessments:
Google Classroom assignments to appear on Chromebook home screens;
No cost Learning Tools Interoperability: Google Assignments LTI 1.3 currently available to Canvas users and newly available to Schoology users; also, coming later this year, both Canvas and Schoology users will be able to access Google Meet;
Education Plus and Teaching and Learning upgrade coming later this year, and teachers can export grades from Classroom to SIS gradebooks and set up classes with OneRoster SIS partners, to include Aspen, Infinite Campus, Skyward and soon PowerSchool; and
App add-ons and licensing: The App Hub to be available in over 10 languages later this year, and new partner add-ons include Kami, Quizizz and Boom Learning, and other new partners will be joining this year. Also, any developer will be able to create an add-on (Fill out a developer interest form here).
Inclusion and security and safety environments:
"All of these new features were designed to help both teachers and students save time, get the support they need and adapt to today's learning environments," Google said in a blog post. "When it comes to AI specifically, we've been listening to and working with millions of educators to understand how to best bring this technology into the classroom."
Visit this page to learn more about becoming involved with the Google for Education Pilot Program to provide early access to new tools, products, and features to K–12, higher education, and organizations.
Also read more about Google's approach to "Advancing Education with AI" ethically and responsibly.
Follow this link to download a succinct guide to Google's education products and features announcements at Bett 2024.
Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.