Showing posts from September, 2017

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the European Commission agreed that the UK Data Protection Act enshrined in legislation back in 1998 was considerably out of date.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…

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 …