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AppsEvents 2017 Survey of Technolgy & G Suite in Schools

We are delighted to announce our second annual survey of ‘Google use in International Schools’. Please click here for the 2017 Survey and you can see the 2016 survey results here.

Our survey showed increasing use of Google tools across the board. In particular we saw an increased use of Chromebooks with 64% of schools now using Chromebooks, up from 48% in 2016. Use of the Chrome browser remained constant (virtually all schools were using it anyway) and 55% of respondents are provisioning Chrome extensions across the school.

Google Classroom continued to grow in use with a massive 87% of respondents using is in 2017, compared to 74% in 2016. Also Google Classroom has replaced Moodle as the most popular LMS/VLE. Many respondents are looking for more integration of Classroom with popular LMS/SIS systems to expand it’s use.

For the first time we included Google Cardboard and Expeditions use in the survey and 28% of respondents are making use of these. It will be interesting to see how this …

Design Thinking in Schools | Part Three - G Suite for Edu

By +Ben Rouse

Gmail was created by a Google engineer in their 20% time, back in 2004. Googlers get time to pursue projects outside of their main role and this engineer wanted to tackle spam, a significant problem for email users in the beginning of this millennium. The project was to create an email that would block most spam, the technology was utilised to solve a problem. It so happens this internal project became a tools with over 1 billion users. Wonder if they got a bonus?

All good technology integrations in schools don’t begin by talking about the tools. The same is true in this blog series, only once we have given time to empathise with the situation, define it and seek to develop ideas around this can the tools come into their own.

Embedding G Suite for Education in learning involves looking for barriers to modern learning taking place in schools and seeking to move beyond them. This was the case for me. I offered tool specific training in my school but the turnout was low, d…

Design Thinking in Schools | Part Two - Ideation

How might we increase exam results for learners?
Why do exam results matter?
Because employers use exam results to pick who they interview
Why do employers use exam results?
Erm… because that is the information they have about students who apply
Why do they only have exam results
They also have a CV but that doesn’t differentiate the students enough
Why does a CV not differentiate a student enough
Because schools are measured on exam results and this is the focus…

How might we use the exam content to engage the learners in a wider variety of skills?

In Part 1 of Design Thinking and Learning in Schools we looked at the design process in schools and how design thinking schools can change the way they understand the problems they need to solve and innovate solutions to these problems.

Two of the tools design thinking schools might use are How might we (HMW) statements and the 5 Why’s activity to drill down into a problem to find the real problem worth solving. If you haven’t had a chance…

Free CPD at the RM Seminars – Autumn 2017 – Book your free place now!

Please join us 2nd – 29th November at 11 locations across the UK.

The RM Seminars are back for autumn 2017. We are really excited to bring you a range of CPD accredited sessions with topics providing inspiration for using technology in your school, ensuring your students safety online, plus tons of technical advice. Full details regarding topics and the agenda for the day can be found at

We’ve got a great line up of speakers including Google Certified Educators, Online Safety experts and our very own RM experts. Places are FREE but limited, so what are you waiting for?! Book your place today at!

Design Thinking in Education | Part One - Empathy

By +Ben Rouse

Have a walk around school and take a moment to ask why?

Why do we teach these subjects?
Why are the timings of lessons structured in this way?
Why are classrooms set out like that?
Why do the children behave so well for that teacher?
Why did we purchase those books?
Why doesn’t the librarian sit in lessons?
Why aren’t those children excited?
Why does that teacher look tired?
Why is that class having so much fun?
Why do we have a teacher desk?
Why is no one in the staff room?
Why are all the IT support male?
Why do we want to use digital technology for learning?

How much of the school environment is designed to support learning? Does it work? Who does it work for?

The golden circle taken from Simon Sinek's book "Start with Why". Check out what he has to say here

Let me give you an example:

A school delivers assemblies in a hall, designed in early 20th century, via a projector hanging from the ceiling that displays o…

Adding and creating an animated header in Google Classroom

by +Sethi De Clercq

If you are are a regular reader of my blogs on or follow my tutorials on YouTube, you know I enjoy trying new and different things. Having been to quite a few summits, schools and classrooms, I can say I have seen a fair share of Google Classroom courses in action and continue to find Classroom one of THE most powerful, education oriented tools available in G Suite.

So me, being me I looked for things I could do that you probably didn't know about or didn't use. Which brings me to the topic of this post: Give your Google Classroom that modern look you've always wanted. With an animation in the header that's possible today!

That's right. You too can add cool animations to the header of any classroom. Watch the video below or read this BlogPost to find out just how that's done.

The second half in the post and video will show you how you can create your very own animations to be added to your Google classroom in Camtasia 9.


General Data Protection Regulations

by +Louise Jones

Coming soon to a cinema near you...

Actually, coming very soon to your organisation! The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will 'go live' on the 25th May 2018. So what are the implications for education? In this post we provide some helpful information on what it actually means to your school, your learners and how to prepare for it. We also start to consider how data rights could be integrated into learning opportunities.

A little bit of background
In 2016 the European Commission agreed that the UK Data Protection Act enshrined in legislation back in 1998 was considerably out of date. It is actually a testament to the DPA writers that it is still used and largely remains in context, the 8 Data Protection Principles underpin all our privacy checks. But times have and are a changin'. The new GDPR has these changes covered and simply aims to protect us all.

What are the key changes?
All organisations in the EU are covered by the GDPR, and even whe…