Join schools to Get Going or Go Further with Google for Education in June & July.



In June and July 2019, the Google for Education team is coming to the East Midlands, North East and South West! This means that schools across the regions will have an opportunity to access free professional development sessions, meet directly with a member of the team or generally learn more about what Google has to offer you and your school.

Professional Development

We have a choice of 2 different types of sessions, so whether you are new to Google for Education, or see yourself as an expert, there is something for everyone.

Discovery Sessions - designed for you to experience hands-on G Suite for Education (Free for Schools) and Chromebooks.
  • Monday 17th June - Prudhoe West Academy, Newcastle (9.30am - 12.30pm) Register here
  • Thursday 20th June - Mangotsfield School, Bristol (9.30am - 12.30pm) Register here
  • Tuesday 25th June - Highfields Campus, Nottingham College (9.30am - 12.30pm) Register here
  • Tuesday 2nd July - Iveshead School, Loughborough (9.30am - 12.30pm) Register here
  • Wednesday 3rd July - Dyke House School, Hartlepool (9.30am - 12.30pm) Register here
Going Further Sessions - experience new ways you can get the very best out of Google for Education.
  • Monday 17th June - Prudhoe West Academy, Newcastle (2pm - 5pm) Register here
  • Thursday 20th June - Mangotsfield School, Bristol (2pm - 5pm) Register here
  • Tuesday 25th June - Highfields Campus, Nottingham College (2pm - 5pm) Register here
  • Tuesday 2nd July - Iveshead School, Loughborough (2pm - 5pm) Register here
  • Wednesday 3rd July - Dyke House School, Hartlepool (2pm - 5pm) Register here
Please feel free to invite your colleagues along with you.

Meet with the team

If you are looking to develop your digital strategy, or want some guidance and advice on how moving to the cloud can drive impact, save your school money and your teachers time, then we would love to speak to you. Please complete this form and one of the team members will be in touch.

Warm regards,

Ben Rouse
UK Director, AppsEvents
on behalf of Google for Education UK Team
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Working with Microsoft Office Files on a Chromebook | Tips and Tricks Episode 21

Did you know you can use Microsoft Office files on Chromebooks? Furthermore, you can now use these files without having to convert them! At Cloud Next 19 Google announced seamless editing of office files without converting. Let's have a look at it!

Huge update to how Google Drive works with the Microsoft Office files. Collaborate, share and work with any file you want on your Chromebook! 

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AppsEvents rolling out Google Certified Trainer Bootcamp and other updates!

G Suite for Education and edTech News, Tech Tips, Global Events Updates, and More!
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[Change the Game] Help students change the game
Are you ready to Change the Game? Because with your help, your students can now build mobile games, instead of just play them.
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Earn Graduate Credit with AppsEvents & Castleton University
Earn up to three graduate credits for participating in either a Google For Education Summit or Bootcamp.
Rolling enrollment begins May 19, 2019
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Scratch Day 2019 is coming!
Scratch is the programming language & online community where young people create stories, games, & animations.

How to participate:
1. Go to → http://goo.gl/bp2KNR and create an account.
2. Have your students choose a coding activity.
3. Share your work with us on social using #CSFirst and #ScratchDay

Happy coding!
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Image Carousels now live in New Google Sites!
Google just dropped a delicious update for the new Google Sites. Users can now easily create image carousels to highlight a selection of images on any page.

You have two options for the carousel transition: auto start where images in the carousel will automatically cycle or show dots which displays progress indicators for the carousel.

Learn more here or watch Sethi's demo video.
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AppsEvents rolling out Google Certified Trainer Bootcamp!
Aligned with Google's Online Training, the goal is to help participants build upon existing knowledge and abilities to create and deliver effective professional development as a Google Certified Trainer.

GCT Applicants are already teachers and/or experience in education.  The GCT Bootcamp will help applicants channel skills to lead, engage, motivate, and teach others the application of G Suite tools to transform the way they teach.

The Google Certified Trainer Bootcamp will help individuals target the skills needed to successfully apply to the Google Certified Trainer Program .  As a result, participants will also develop confidence as a G Suite Specialist to make and deliver training either within or outside one's organization.

Join the NH Lebanon Bootcamp on Aug 13-14 or host one at your school!
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Media Mentor Month

Media Mentor Month is an initiative developed by Keri-Lee Beasley that challenges parents to become Media Mentors for children rather than a Media Police. 

It is a calendar with daily challenges, ideas, and/or strategies to help children develop a positive relationship with digital technologies.

The challenge is done every March but you can always start any time.

We first learned about Media Mentor Month through AppsEvents presenter, Sethi De Clercq on Twitter where he also shared a May calendar with activities aimed for very young children. Download it from here.

For a deeper look at the rationale behind the campaign, check out Keri-Lee’s blog.

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[Change the Game] Help students change the game

Are you ready to Change the Game? Because with your help, your students can now build mobile games, instead of just play them.



You may or may not know this, but 49% of mobile gamers in the US are women, but only comprise 28% of the gaming industry. Something is wrong with that picture and we’re aiming to change it with your help. Change the Game Design Challenge is a Google Play program in partnership with Girls Make Games to make mobile gaming truly inclusive by introducing a possible career in gaming to young women at an early age and empowering the next generation of Game Changers.

By exciting your students about the world of mobile gaming, you have the power to open new doors to a career they may have never thought possible. And in doing so, you and your students can fuel a movement to reshape an industry. You only have to look to last year’s winners now actively pursuing gaming careers and education to get a sense of the success we can keep building upon. Together, we can do this. Together, we can Change the Game.

This is our invitation to get your students in the game. Coding and gaming experience is welcome but in no way needed to participate. As long as they have an imagination and can write out their vision, they can enter. The grand prize winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and $10,000 tech donation to their school. Five finalists will have their game made and launched on the Google Play Store for everyone to play. Winners also get a VIP trip to showcase their game design at a special event, receive mentorship from leaders in the industry, and join the celebration of women in gaming.

Keep reading, there’s more.

As partners, we want to help your students to rise to the top. That’s why we’ve included downloadable attachments containing classroom activity materials and exercises to take into school and help get the ideas flowing. A future game designer may be in your classroom!

Please visit g.co/ctgdesignchallenge for more info. For any questions please email changethegame-contact@google.com.

Play On,
The team at Google Play - Change The Game
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How to Force Copy a Document with Comments | Tips and Tricks Episode 20

Did you know you can force users to make a copy of a shared Doc? Did you know you can make sure they Have their own version of the file without using Classroom? How about collaboration? Can you keep all the suggestions and Comment in these documents?

Today we are going to show you exactly how you can Force a user to copy a file AND keep all the suggestions and comments in that file. 

Don't forget to leave a comment and share this with the world. Here's the link: https://youtu.be/p35-smw1WQA


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Transcendent Trainers | Advance to Google Certified Trainer Highlights

By Ben Rouse

Last week I joined Louise Jones, Google for Education UK Regional Manager in the impressive City of Glasgow College to support a group of Google Educators move their Certified Trainer application forward. In addition to some practical tips around the skills assessment and application video we spent most time in activities and discussions around pedagogy, learning and effective training for teachers.

Check out this twitter moment for the two days.


Louise's vast experience of digital learning and consulting with school communities to develop technology rich environments prior to her current role based in Scotland brings great value to the process and bases the workshop in evidence based practice.

As a Google for Education Professional Development partner I have been fortunate to work on a variety of training projects for schools, organisations and directly for Google for Education and took the opportunity to share my own tips and tricks for effective training. Long term evaluations of technology with consultation with parents, teachers and learners lead to the best implementations, however often you are not given much time to showcase the potential impact of technology. At AppsEvents we have developed some demonstrations that showcase the pedagogical and time-saving impact of G Suite. Some of you may have seen these in action at BETT or ISTE where our trainers have staffed the demo bar for the last couple of years, giving quick hands-on demos.

At the trainer event we shared the resources and tips for setting up for an effective demo.

  • Have a story or theme
  • Create accounts for users you know have access to everything they will need
  • Develop a set of Docs, Slides and Sheets to share via Classroom

It was amazing to be able to share trainer stories with the group and pick up their own tips from the training they are carrying out with educators across Scotland. One stand out example is the use of student digital ninjas! Find out more about the students helping Google for Education reference school Ormiston Primary embed great digital learning by following the OrmiNinjas!

Both Louise and I are excited to see the attendees achieve Google Certified Trainer status and join the existing eight Scottish Trainers to support the spread of G Suite tools throughout Scottish education. To find trainers near you, check out the new updates Edu Director from Google.
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