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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Free CPD by Google for Education and Acer

Come and get acquainted with Google for Education and Chromebook with FREE PD at venues across England!

Acer and Google for Education are hosting free half-day training sessions to help you get acquainted with G Suite for Education and Acer’s Chromebooks. Join us in Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester for a free half-day of professional development presented by leading Google for Education experts.

- G Suite for Education, the suite of collaborative productivity tools by Google, is now used by over 80m students and educators worldwide. G Suite’s free tools encourage collaboration in the classroom whilst also providing the security and ease of use for teachers, leaders and administrative staff.

- Chromebooks are shareable, web-based devices that gives fast access to online tools such as G Suite as well as educational apps. With multi-layered security and control through the management console, you can oversee one or a thousand Chromebooks with just a few clicks.

Come along to one of these free half-day training events to experience hands on how your organisation can develop its approach to digital learning with education focused technologies. Aimed at those who are new to G Suite or to Chromebooks, the training will guide you through a number of hands on activities delivered using G Suite and Acer's latest Chromebooks, looking at collaborating in the cloud, using creative apps for Chromebooks, tools that make technology accessible for all and much more.

Whether you are a teacher or decision maker in a school, Multi-Academy Trust or Further Education college, let us open your eyes to what’s possible so that you can walk away with the knowledge required to start using the tools meaningfully in your organisation or classroom.

Liverpool - April 1st | Birmingham - April 8th | Sheffield - April 16th | Manchester - April 29th
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How to use labels and filters in GMail | Tips and Tricks Episode 19

Do more with your GMail and begin using filters and Labels to achieve inbox 0. No more missed messages, confusing groups or endless searches for an email. Using labels makes organising your email easy, visual and quick. 

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How To Secure Your Gmail Account

By Jane Vestil

Your Gmail account allows you to access all of Google. Therefore, it is very important that your email account stays safe. This article outlines some security measures you can follow.

1. Make sure that you have a strong password.

The challenge here is to create a password that is easy to remember but hard for others to guess.

There are a lot of suggestions available but most websites use the below best practices:
  • Choose a password that is at least 8 character long.
  • Your password should contain at least one of the following: lower case letter, upper case letter, numeric value, and a special character.
  • Avoid using names or nicknames of family members, friends, and even pets.
  • Avoid using information about yourself such as name, nickname, username, birth date, phone number, address, plate number and many others.
  • Avoid sequential numbers and letters.
Additional recommendations we should be mindful of are:
  • Don't use dictionary words or any word from any language.
  • Don't use only 1 password for several accounts.
  • Update your passwords every 3 to 6 months.
  • Never write your passwords down.
  • Don't share your password to anyone.
  • Never send your password to anyone via email, SMS, or instant messaging apps.
  • Refrain from using public computers especially when trying to access highly sensitive websites such as online banking.
  • Change your password immediately if you feel that it is compromised.
  • Don't use the browser's "Remember password" option if you are sharing a computer with someone.
  • Don't type your password when someone is watching behind or beside you.
The article from Webroot, How Do I Create a Strong Password?, illustrates very clever examples on how you can create passwords that are hard to guess but easy for you to remember.

There are the four key elements mentioned in the said article
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The Insider's Guide to Gmail (Part Two) - Using Labels to manage your inbox

Back in October 2018, Allison shared with us some great ways to use the different types of inboxes and the tabbed features to manage a mass of emails in our inboxes. These tools are great and an integral part of managing a busy inbox. In this week's post, we are going to look at labels in Gmail, and how we can use labels to further organise and segment our email.

Labels are great for:

  • anyone receiving more than a handful of emails a day (ie any educator!)
  • anyone dealing with different groups of people (for example, students and parents)
  • anyone who frequently loses that meeting agenda email!
  • ...basically, labels are great for any teacher wanting to better manage their email!

What is a label?

Labels are Gmail's alternative to folders. An email can have multiple labels - you can, therefore, add multiple categories to an email.

An email message with labels will look similar to the above message, this message has two labels (notice the colour of the labels). Once a label has been applied to a message you can quickly access it by using the left-hand menu underneath the Compose button.

Clicking on any of these labels will filter your email and show you only those emails that have been labelled that way.

How Do I Make A Label?
There are several ways to create a label ():

1. Select one or more messages with the checkbox, click and hit 'Create new'

2. From within any message click the labels button as above

3. Go to Settings (Gear Icon) >> Settings >> Labels >> 'Create new label'

4. Scroll to the bottom of the labels list on the left and 'Create new label'

How Do I Add A Label To A Message?

You can now go ahead and add labels to your messages manually, select the message, click the label button and then choose the label you wish to add. But....adding labels can be even easier...

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'The Kids Are Waiting'

It was great to have Dale Plotzki again for our second run of the AppsEvents Peru Google for Education Summit hosted this year at the Davy College in Lima, Peru.

Dale Plotzki is a Canadian international educator, Google Certified Trainer & Innovator who likes to push education towards the future through specialized teaching, professional development workshops, coaching and co-teaching and always with engagement, passion and relevance at the heart of it all! He loves poodles, cold-water surfing and Google Maps!

In this keynote speech, Dale discusses exemplars of students independently filling in the gaps in their education with the modern skills and attitudes, why this is happening and what schools can do to correct this.

Connect with Dale on Twitter at @dale_rickardo

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