Teaching why, not how: My takeaways from Google’s certification training

June 6th, 2017

Editor’s note: Donnie Piercey is a fifth grade social studies teacher and technology integration specialist at Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, KY. In this post, part of Google for Education PD Week, he shares his experience of becoming a Google Certified Educator. PD Week is an opportunity for educators to learn new ways to connect with…

Daydream Labs: Locomotion in VR

June 6th, 2017

Getting from Point A to Point B in real life is relatively straightforward, but in virtual reality, it can be difficult to build an experience where moving through a 3D environment feels natural. VR developers need to prevent motion sickness to keep people comfortable in VR, and the user experience for moving around—also known as…

“Be Internet Awesome”: Helping kids make smart decisions online

June 6th, 2017

As a parent, I’m constantly talking with my two daughters about how they use the Internet. The way they use it to explore, create, and learn inspires me to do my best work at Google, where I lead a team making products that help families and kids have positive experiences online. But for kids to…

Big dreams and bright ideas from Singaporean kids who code

June 6th, 2017

13-year-old Celeste Low’s dream has always been to be a spy and be able to send encrypted messages to people. While she may have some way to go before she becomes an undercover agent, the coding skills Celeste has picked up through Code in the Community have enabled her to build a tool that allows…

Let’s clear the air: mapping our environment for our health

June 5th, 2017

How hot will it be today? What is the traffic for my commute to work? Where’s the nearest grocery store? Every day we use data about the world around us to make decisions. One useful dataset is air pollution data, which contains much-needed information that can help us understand how to live healthier lives, build…

Connecting the best CEE startups with European VC funds at Campus Warsaw

June 5th, 2017

Central and Eastern Europe is rich with technical talent and a growing number of globally-minded startups, yet it is a fragmented region of over 150 million people, living in more than a dozen countries. When startups start to gain traction and think about scaling internationally, they face a problem on how to raise VC funds….

Exploring with Udacity: how four lucky Android scholars experienced Google I/O

June 5th, 2017

Last November, with Udacity and Bertelsmann, we announced a new scholarship program for 10,000 EU Android developers to learn new skills. But due to an overwhelming response, we ended up awarding a whopping 13,500 scholarships.Through a Google-certified Udacity course, we embarked on a journey to help these young developers pursue their dreams and make most…

Your summer-lovin’ Google Assistant

June 2nd, 2017

T-minus two weeks until summer officially begins, and sunny days, BBQs, outdoor concerts are around the corner. Here’s how your Google Assistant can shine like the summer sun: Planning to go to a big summer concert? Just ask your Assistant on your phone “When is the Stern Grove Festival?”  Hosting a BBQ? Order the essentials…

Building a better web for everyone

June 1st, 2017

The vast majority of online content creators fund their work with advertising. That means they want the ads that run on their sites to be compelling, useful and engaging—ones that people actually want to see and interact with. But the reality is, it’s far too common that people encounter annoying, intrusive ads on the web—like…

Samsung Chromebook Pro brings security and versatility to businesses

June 1st, 2017

With an increase in customers adopting Chrome OS in their organization, the availability of Samsung’s Chromebook Pro in the U.S. market this week adds a new enterprise grade device. This premium Chromebook combines the simplicity and security of Chrome OS with flexibility and performance to be productive wherever work happens—in the office, in the field or…