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The most powerful GSuite App you are not using!

By +James Sayer

As a Math teacher and working with learning technologies I am a total data geek and always looking for ways to harness the data we collect in schools. Having previously worked with Fusion Tables - an analysis app able to pull data in and geotag it and produce complex heatmaps very easily - I was excited to get going with Data Studio.

Charts in Sheets have been super powered by the Explore AI to extend their functionality. But what if we could pull in data from multiple sources and compare and analyse it side by side? Thats where Data Studio comes in. Launched in 2017, Data Studio has been designed with the internet marketer in mind (it has multiple connections to website data). However, with the Google Sheets connection, anything schools record in forms or sheets can now be pulled into Data Studio. But what exactly is Data Studio?

Data Studio is a set of advanced numerical and visualisation tools to help comprehend large complex data sets….yikes!

Data Studio creates …

The Chrome Gnomes

Just what is a gnome? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a gnome is

A legendary dwarfish creature supposed to guard the earth's treasuresunderground.A small ugly person.A person regarded as having secret or sinister influence, especially in financial matters.
So what is a Chrome Gnome? 

Well, to me, Chrome Gnomes are those small, seemingly insignificant (“secret”) treasures in the Chrome web browser that are sure to make your life so much easier! It’s a click here, a click there, or extensions added to increase the productivity of the web browser experience.

There are many other neat tips and tricks when using the Chrome web browser, but for now, I will highlight information about tab management and a few of my favorite chrome extensions. One important fact: No matter what device you may be using, sign in to chrome and your installed extensions and saved bookmarks will be there! Just be sure to “link your data” when/if you are prompted when you use a different device.


School 2.0

By +Ben Rouse

The internet looks nothing like it did when it started, but schools have taken a slower approach to change!

No one involved in the early construction of a network of networks saw what we have now coming. Therefore how can we know what comes next, but indulge me in an attempt at envisaging the potential impact of modern internet capabilities on the institutions of learning? Might the ever evolving internet have the potential to finally nudge education to innovate and evolve?

“From the moment you wake up, the web is trying to anticipate your intentions. Since your routines are noted, the web is attempting to get ahead of your actions, to deliver an answer almost before you ask a question.” - 
Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

The extract from my most recent Kindle acquisition prompted me to apply this idea to my passion, education. Machine learning uses data to predict what you will want to eat, consume, purchase and more. So …

Host a Google Summit!

AppsEvents is a leading Google for Education Partner and organizer of Summits & PD Events worldwide.

If you have thought about holding an event at your school, then now is the perfect time to get in touch with us. Hosting events are an amazing way to get focused Google PD for your staff and also to build the profile of you and your school in Google EDU and EdTech circles. Check out #GooglePD on Twitter to see what attendees are saying.

In addition to our summits which are two day events, we also run 'Google Certification Bootcamps' which are smaller, one day / two day events... perfect as an introduction and your staff can leave the event fully Google Certified which they love.

We always bring together an amazing line up of speakers, all of whom are both Google gurus and practicing educators. In addition to our Europe based team, we often bring across amazing trainers from the US, Asia and Middle East.

The process is quick and simple: you just fill out our form and we’ll ema…

Welcoming RealSmart to the London Summit

We are very pleased to announce that RealSmart are joining us for the London Summit on 24-25 March.

RealSmart have been supporting schools using Google for Education for some time and will be around during the event so please have a chat with Simon and Owen about their great range of products and support.

In particular, schools are using their Smartsync tool to make provisioning users really simple.

Smartsync works with many different MIS systems to synchronises your data to G Suite for Education. Watch this video to find out more.

Take your Google Educator certification at the EARCOS Teachers Conference

We are very excited to have AppsEvents own Lee Webster leading the Google Certified Educator Bootcamp Level 1 at the upcoming EARCOS Teachers Conference in Bangkok.

Following the fundamentals training, we will utilize Google Classroom for this professional development experience.

You'll learn what it is like to be a student for a day in Classroom! We'll cover Hangouts, Docs, Slides and Drawings - all of which encourage collaboration for engaging learners. You'll also learn about the many faces of Forms, Calendars and more.

Full details of registration:

Doodle for Google ~ Great Creative & Artistic Opportunity for All Ages!

Have you heard of Doodle for Google?

Maybe no, maybe so. Maybe you know someone who won or maybe you are a previous winner! There are grade level categories with state/territory winners, national finalists and 1 national 'winner.'

All the winning finalists will get some great Googly swag and have their Doodle Entry featured in the gallery. The 5 national finalists (1 from each grade group) also earn a $5000 college scholarship & a trip to Googleplex in Mountain View (I've been there and it is AMAZING!). The national grande prize winner will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology award to his/her school of choice (incentive for you to encourage your budding artists ;)

Please, please encourage your creative, artistic students who may scribble and sketch as their hobby and possess great talent! Send a note, email, add to your site or blog!

The deadline is March 2, 2018.

There's still time!