Offline Access: An In depth Overview | Tips and Tricks Episode 11

Welcome to another episode of AppsEvents Tips and Tricks in partnership with Acer. In this video, Sethi demonstrates how to enable offline access to any Drive file on your laptop, Chromebook, or Acer Chrome Tab 10!

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From being a PE Teacher to speaking and running events across the world with Adam Llevo

On this week's episode of ‘The Events Podcast’, Dan spoke with Adam Levo from Adam has presented to a lot of our Google training!

It was a really interesting chat and relevant both to teachers and employees looking to start speaking at conferences and running their own events.

Adam started as PE Teacher in the UK before heading off for some world travels and working in International Schools in Shanghai and Saudi Arabia.

Adam’s main advice for teachers and others looking to speak at conferences is to build a solid online presence and start sharing content, specifically posting all your presentations on Twitter and on your blog. Also, all his blog posts have a ‘call to action’ where he looks to get an email address, for example by giving away an eBook or some content.

Also we discussed about not being greedy up front :) Adam picked the conferences he wanted to visit as an attendee anyway, then asked to speak. Only later did he ask for expenses or a fee, sometimes on his second or third visit to the conference. I can’t emphasise this enough for new speakers…. ‘Don’t ask for money until you really deserve it!’ Also at the event help out with everything! The organizer will love you and be MUCH more likely to work with you in the future.


More info about Adam is below and if you’re a school looking to turbo charge the use of technology in your PE department he’d love to her from you.

About Adam Llevo

Adam is a physical educator originally from England, but has taught in the UK, China and Saudi Arabia across all age groups. He has presented at a number of conferences around the world sharing his love of physical education and meaningful technology to educators from all subjects.

When Adam is not teaching he enjoys collaborating on projects with practitioners from across the globe and sharing his knowledge, via his blog or social media. Adam is a Google Certified Educator, Google Innovator, Google Trainer and Apple Teacher. He has a passion to use his knowledge to make life easier, by working smarter, not harder.

Checkout his blog: or his new Google Innovation project

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Two little gems from the Bangkok Google Summit

By Tim Jefferis

Having just spent half a day at the Bangkok Google Summit held at the Thai-Chinese School I thought I'd share these two little gems:

Gem #1

I have for years been using the link shortener, but I have just found out that it’s due to be deprecated. It gave short links, but they were never particularly memorable.

This is where the link shortener comes in. It’s free to use (and if you register, for free, it stores all your links). Best of all though it allows you to customize your links so that they are meaningful to your audience. For example, here’s one I made for the school portal:

There is a Chrome extension to speed the process up. I’m sure there’s also something for IE and for Firefox etc., but I don’t care!

Gem #2

As I have banged on about many times, it’s generally best to treat documents as canonical and bid farewell forever to the scourge of complicated version control.

There are, however, I will concede, a few instances where you want recipients of a file to have their own copy. A good example being in the classroom where you might want each student to have their own editable copy of a document. Google classroom, of course, does this for you. But what if you want to use a similar work flow with colleagues without having to go through the rigmarole of signing them up to a Google Classroom? Well, there’s an easy fix:

Open up the file. In this example a Google Doc and copy the url. It will look something like this:

Notice the highlighted portion at the end. Change this manually to ‘copy’ as below:

Now copy that link onto your clipboard (select the whole thing and press CTRL+C).

Compose a new e-mail message and enter text as you wish. Then highlight the text you want your readers to click on in order to get their own copy. Now press CTRL+K (hyperlink) and CTRL+V (paste). Close the hyperlink dialogue box and send the message.

When your recipients click on the link, they will be asked to make their own copy, as below - hey presto! Useful, but use with caution: in most instances sharing the canonical version is preferable.

Editor's Note: This article first appeared at by Tim Jefferis on September 30th, 2018. Republished with permission from the author.
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Jamboard Editing Coming to the Web!

Google Jamboard is an interactive digital whiteboard service designed to take creativity and collaboration to the next level. It provides an easy way to visualize your ideas together with a team.

Initially, participants can only edit a Jam session through a touch device such as the physical Jamboard kiosk, tablet, or smartphone.

With the recent announcement, G Suite users will now have the ability to create and edit jams through a web browser!

If you haven’t explored Jamboard before or would like to get ideas on how you can use it with your students, check out this YouTube playlist by AppsEvents presenter, Tom Mullaney.

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Learn to Code Your First Android App with AppInventor

By Allison Mollica, USA Director - AppsEvents

There are loads of 'learn to code' resources on the web but it can be difficult to find something you can put to work right away to teach yourself or others. A while back I dove deep into the MIT AppInventor site to build an Intro to Apps course for middle school. I have presented a portion of it as one or a series of sessions at the AppsEvents Summits.

Feel free to use the presentation as it has directions for building two simple apps using the AppInventor interface on a Chromebook or Laptop. You can also install the MIT Companion App on your Android and sync it / run / test the app as you build.

The sense of accomplishment and motivation you get from this is similar to what you might get coding 'tangibles' but with no cost or space requirements. Everything is FREE you just need devices.

Slides for Learning or Facilitating

This slide deck you can follow the directions or facilitate a workshop. In less than an hour you can code 'Hello Purr' and 'Magic Ball' which both young and old seem to get really psyched about when they see it work.


Q. Are there any network requirements?
A. Yes, you need to be on the same WIFI and it cannot block network traffic. I've had trouble presenting this at some schools and had to have everyone connect to my own mobile wifi.

Q. What if I don't have Android devices to test on?
A. There is an install for an 'emulator' you can put on your 'computer' which puts a little phone screen on your desktop that will since with the program and you can test it out that way.

Q. Is there an IOS version?
A. Yes, there is a new program called Thunkable that you can work with, I don't have the directed posted for the above through Thunkable but you should check it out. It's free.

Extended Learning

This is aligned with MIT AppInventor2 Resources

If you do this and want to have some more fun, level up and make the PONG App! The directions can be found at > Presentations > My First Android App at the bottom of the page. 

Happy Coding! 
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Insert Handwritten Notes with the Chromebook Tab 10 | Tips and Tricks Episode 10

For this episode of AppsEvents Tips & Tricks, we have the awesome Sethi De Clercq showing us two different ways to insert handwritten notes with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10!

If you have any request or suggestion for our next video, please email Jane through

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