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Becoming a Google Certified Administrator

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We focus a lot at AppsEvents on helping people become ‘Google Certified Educators’ but there is another important Google Certification that we are getting more involved with in 2017… the ‘Google Certified Administrator’.

So what is this certification and why should you look at getting it?

Firstly the ‘what’: The exam covers all the behind the scenes tasks on G Suite such as creating users and setting security settings. The full list of topics covered is:
User and organisational unit managementCustomising apps and services configurationConfiguring mail delivery and routingDesigning for securityChrome management and deployment best practices The exam itself is a three hour practical test on a live G suite system where you actually perform live admin tasks and are monitored via webcam during the exam. Google recommends up to 6 months experience as an admin to pass the exam but we have had many people take our two day admin bootcamp (info below) with no experience and passed the exam first…

Let's take a good look at the Acer Chromebook Spin 11

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In this episode of The S Suite Show, Google's Education Program Manager Drea Alphonso walks you through the Acer Chromebook Spin 11, which has a stylus shaped like a No. 2 pencil, world-facing camera, and USB-C outlet for super fast charging in classroom carts.

Chromebook Apps to Inspire Creativity

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With the recent announcement of the new generation Chromebooks with stylus support, world-facing camera, and Android apps, we thought we’d compile a list of tools that helps inspire collaboration and creativity in the classroom so you can make the most of these new devices.


Toontastic 3D

Launched early this year, Toontastic 3D is a very powerful at the same time fun tool that enables students to transform their imaginations into an animated movie! The app has a very intuitive UI and a video-game like environment.

For digital storytelling, users pick from three Story Arcs (Short Story, Classic, & Science Report). The app gives prompts on how to construct a story and has a media library full of characters and settings that will surely excite a child’s inner creator. It also lets you create your own 3D drawings, record your own voice, add yourself with photos, customize the colors of the built-in characters, and choose from dozens of songs to come up with your movie soundtrack. Get the …

Who are AppsEvents and what makes us Unique?

AppsEvents has one clear goal: To produce amazing Google PD for Educators, to give them the tools and the inspiration to take their work to the next level....and to do it time and time again on every training engagement. We know we are only as good our last training event.
AppsEvents is a unique organization with a tight focus on the intersection of these areas: Google for Education: We work exclusively on training Google for Education tools and their leading edge applications in schools and in the classroom. Working with schools and Educators: We don’t train businesses. Our focus is 100% educators working at schools. Only PD: We’re not a consulting focused organization and we don’t resell products and services. We believe the best investment schools can make is quality PD to give them the tools to take things forward themselves. Educator trainers: We work exclusively with trainers that are actively engaged within the education community, from Principals to IT heads, Tech Coaches to Teache…

Digital Citizenship in Schools

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by +James Sayer
Digital citizenship is becoming more and more integrated into school curriculums. As educators are becoming more familiar with technology and social media and how it impacts learners, we are seeing some really great programs being developed by ISTE, Google, Common Sense Media, ASCD and many more!

If citizenship was the rationale for the founding of schools, digital citizenship can be seen as the evolution of this, and can broadly be defined by appropriate and responsible use of technology. ISTE and Common Sense Media have broken up digital citizenship into strands and topics:

ISTE Common Sense Media Digital access Internet Safety Digital etiquette Privacy & Security Digital law Relationships & Communication Digital communication Cyberbullying & Digital Drama Digital literacy Digital Footprint & Reputation Digital commerce Self-Image & Identity