Updated Mobile Apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides; Protect a Range or Sheet from Being Edited; and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from January 19 to 25, 2015.


Google Docs aims to help you work better, everywhere you are. So recent Android and iOS updates for Docs, Sheets and Slides make it easier to get things done while you’re on the go.  


If you want to restrict who can edit a specific group of cells or a specific sheet in a spreadsheet, you can protect the range of cells or sheet.


Did you know that you can sort your students different ways?  You can choose to sort by first or last name!  Choose whatever works best for you from this dropdown menu!



Google Drive provides HTML code you can use to embed the PDF in your Google Site. +Steegle.com has made some written instructions and a video how to to demonstrate exactly the steps you need to take.


So let's say that you are a teacher that has about 50 electronic papers waiting for your attention in your Google Drive account. You want a way so that you can still provide meaningful feedback but you don't want to spend hours doing it. Here is your solution, create your very own shortcuts! h/t +Allison Mollica 



Tip and GIF by +Ralf Siegesmund 

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Updates to Our Online Google Education Courses


We’ve had a busy period over the holiday season working on our online course portal ‘AppsEvents Courses’ and building it up to be the premier resource for practical training on Google tools in Education.

Our AppsEvents Certified Admin qualification is being updated weekly to reflect the regular changes in the control panel and is the best way to get beginners up to the level of being ‘let loose’ on a live domain to perform the most common admin tasks. This is a great course not only for IT staff but also for teachers looking to get involved in admin tasks and to show employers they understand Google Apps Admin. (See our post on Google and the democratization of IT departments). We have had a lot of requests for our advanced ‘Level 2’ Admin certification which we are launching soon and if you are interested in this please fill out this form and we will notify you shortly as soon as we agree our first cohort.

This course is also being offered in ‘Live in person‘ format at upcoming AppsEvents in Zurich and California and also for the first time at the Deep Learning Conference in Bangkok MArch 21st (taught by admin expert +Sean Thompson)

Our original course and still hugely popular Google Classroom 102 from +Allison Mollica has been completely updated and extended to teach all the new Classroom features. This is THE resource to get you and your teachers up to speed on Classroom and covers all functionality from beginner to advanced.

Our first iPad course from +Richard Poth Google Drive on the iPad is now live and is the go-to resource on how to use Google Apps on the iPad in K-12. Richard is truly an iPad education guru and stay tuned for more iPad courses soon from Richard.

For a limited time our Chrome course from +Nathan Kellogg takes is available with both the ‘Beginner’ and ‘Advanced’ courses combined….The course takes users of any level up to become Chrome ‘ninjas’.

Our Google Forms Beginner course from Forms expert +Ben Rouse is a fantastic resource to get users going with the many applications of forms in the classroom. The ‘Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’ courses are coming soon to the portal.

Finally we also added a short free course on Becoming a Google Education Trainer from +Dan Taylor, which helps navigate educators through the process to become certified as well as giving some exam tips to get through them first time.

Coming very soon: More AppsEvents certification courses, iPad courses, Map Engine lite, Google Apps in Education for beginners and Google Sites. Remember once you have purchased a course you can go back and take it again as many times as you like to see the latest updates in functionality.

We are also launching a low cost ‘Subscription’ model for the course portal so Schools and Districts can gain 1 year access to all our courses and certifications for all staff. Please contact us at payments@appsevents.com

+Sarah Woods +Dan Leighton +Wesley Przybylski +Stu Lowe +Derek Harwell +John M. Mikton
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Images in Frozen Sections in Google Sheets, Classroom Mobile App, Google Translate and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from January 12 to 18, 2015.

Images in frozen sections in Google Sheets - googleappsupdates.blogspot.com

People using Google Sheets will now be able to add images to frozen sections. This is helpful for prettying up invoices, reports and other spreadsheets where you want to feature a logo or image. h/t +Ben Rouse 

A Classroom mobile app and new teacher goodies - googleforeducation.blogspot.com

Google recently launched a native Classroom mobile app for both Android and iOS (also available in Google Play for Education) to help teachers and students connect from wherever they are, and save even more paper and time. They are also launching two new features to help teachers stay organized as they head into the second half of the year: a teacher assignments page and the ability to archive classes. h/t +Angie Sutherland +Allison Mollica 

Choice Eliminator Update - plus.google.com

Choice Eliminator now supports the ability to set how many times a choice get selected before it is eliminated. h/t +Bjorn Behrendt 

Inside Google Translate - translate.google.com

Whether you’re deciphering a sign in Rio de Janeiro or negotiating with a shop owner in Berlin, Google Translate can be your guide. Starting today, you can instantly translate signs using your phone’s camera and the Translate app, available on Android and iOS.
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What to Look Forward to During the 2016 Taiwan Google for Education Summit

Morrison Academy in cooperation with AppsEvents is proud to be hosting another Google for Education Summit on February 20 - 21, 2016. The Taiwan Summit featuring Google for Education is a fantastic learning event to support classroom teachers, school leaders and school IT staff on leveraging Google Apps for Education’s suite of tools to enhance and support 21st century learning.

As a special Chinese New Year gift we are excited to announce Early Bird rates have been extended until 31st January 2016!

Check out some of the exciting things you can look forward to during the 2-day summit.

Customize your summit experience
according to your experience or job role!

All AppsEvents summits have some specific learning pathways that goes beyond Google Apps for attendees who want to take deeper dives into specific subjects or job roles. Remember though that all sessions are ‘open access’ so attendees can choose individual sessions depending on their areas of interest and many choose last minute depending on the conversations they have on the day.

Beginner

Do you feel that you need more time to explore specific tools? Start your day on the right foot with our focused beginner/intermediate sessions. We have sessions on Google Sheets basics, Gmail, and Google Classroom. AppsEvents core team member Lee Webster will also be sharing his arsenal of Chrome Apps and Extensions you probably never knew existed to help you improve productivity.

Advanced

Ready to level up? Experience how assessments using Google Tools can enhance workflow and increase student participation with Wesley Przybylski’s “Surf Through your Assessments with GAFE” or learn how students can harness the power of Big Data and provide advanced data visualization with James Sayer’s session on Fusion Tables.

Leadership

For school managers and anyone in a leadership position, we are delighted to be offering the AppsEvents Google for School Leaders strand which is held over in three regular summit sessions spearheaded by Dan Taylor, AppsEvents Team Director. Learn more.

Geeky Admin Sessions
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We are also bringing ACA Levels 1 and 2 certification courses as regular summit sessions so you can finish the day as AppsEvents Certified Admin!

Larry Dilley, Director of Information Technology Services at Morrison Academy, will also be holding a session on Google Cloud Platform, what it can do, and how schools can leverage it to replace on-site servers and expand your school network to the cloud.

For a more comprehensive list of the various sessions, please visit https://taiwansummit2016.sched.org/.
Special Guest from Google: Suan Yeo



We are excited to have Google’s Head of Enterprise Education, Suan Yeo, as one of our guest presenters for the Taiwan Summit.

Suan is the Education Evangelist for Google in the Asia-Pacific region. He works closely with educators and administrators on helping schools and universities, teachers and students go Google.

Watch this space for updates on what Suan will share with us.

Win a brand new Android tablet from Samsung
and other cool prizes!


We will have mobile focused sessions held in our Samsung Smart Classroom where you can try the latest device, learn about using tablets in the classroom, administering apps and devices, mobile app development and more. At the end of Day 2, participants may be entered into a drawing and one lucky attendee will get to go home a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Some of the winners of our Samsung Tablet raffle.


We will also have a Demo Slam session where attendees are encouraged to showcase a tip or trick that others will be able to use in 2 minutes or less. Slams can be pre-planned and expected to have been rehearsed/prepared. Learn more or submit your slam ideas here!

If you have not registered yet for the summit, please secure your seat at http://taiwan.appsevents.com/ and take advantage of our Early bird promo pricing available until January 31, 2016.

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What to Expect from the 2016 East Africa Summit feat Google for Education

The International School of Tanganyika in cooperation with AppsEvents is proud to be hosting the 2016 East Africa Google for Education Summit on February 6 - 7, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) with the Google EDU certification preparation bootcamp being offered as a whole day pre-summit course on Friday.


The summit is a fantastic learning event to support classroom teachers, school leaders and school IT staff on leveraging Google Apps for Education tools to enhance and support 21st century learning.


Check out some of the exciting things you can look forward to during the 2-day summit.


Customize your summit experience
according to your experience or job role!


All AppsEvents summits have some specific learning pathways that goes beyond Google Apps for attendees who want to take deeper dives into specific subjects or job roles. Remember though that all sessions are ‘open access’ so attendees can choose individual sessions depending on their areas of interest and many choose last minute depending on the conversations they have on the day.


Beginner


Do you feel that you need more time to explore specific tools? Start your day on the right foot with our focused beginner/intermediate sessions. We have sessions on the core Google Apps Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and Drawings as well as an introductory course on managing your class on Google Classroom.


Advanced


Ready to level up? Learn how you can bring the outside worldwide to your classroom and take your students to a virtual field trip with Google or check out how to run a paperless classroom using Google Drive!


Leadership


For school managers and anyone in a leadership position, we are delighted to be offering AppsEvents Google for School Leaders strand with introduction on 'Future Ready Schools' to be spearheaded by AppsEvents Team Director, Dan Taylor.  Learn more


Google Apps Administration


Certified-Admin-Level1.pngWe are also bringing AppsEvents Certified Admin (ACA) Level 1 as a regular summit session. This entry level certification is focused on getting educators with basic or no admin experience to ‘level up’ and be able to administer a live Google Apps Domain.


For a more comprehensive list of the various sessions, please visit http://eastafrica2015.sched.org/.


Chromebook Management and the Google Apps Classroom


We are also delighted to offer the Chromebook Management Course designed to help you get started on using the device in an educational set-up.


The course will run as a seven part series spread throughout the 2-day summit and will be headed by Google Certified Trainer, Copil Bogdan. In this customized learning pathway, we will cover the key functionalities of the Chrome OS so you can maximize the full potential of the Google Apps for Education suite of tools in your Chromebook device and then take a closer look at specific tools/apps/extensions and the best practices on using them to enhance student learning and teacher productivity. Learn more


Win a brand new Android tablet from Samsung
and other cool prizes!


At the end of Day 2, participants may be entered into a drawing and one lucky attendee will get to bring home a brand new Android tablet courtesy of AppsEvents Global Devices partner Samsung!


Some of the winners of our Samsung Tablet raffle.


We will also have a Demo Slam session where attendees are encouraged to showcase a tip or trick that others will be able to use in 2 minutes or less. Slams can be pre-planned and expected to have been rehearsed/prepared. Learn more or submit your slam ideas here!


If you have not registered yet for the summit, please secure your seat at http://eastafrica.appsevents.com/. Early bird promo pricing available until January 15, 2016.


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Guide to Activating Technology in Schools, How to Think Like a Troubleshooter, and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from January 5 to 11, 2015.

Bringing learning online - a guide to activating technology in schools - googleforeducation.blogspot.com

Whether you’re an IT administrator at a school with connectivity issues, or a teacher helping your school get online for the first time, you know that activating technology involves careful planning and decision making. So Google put together a guide to bringing learning online based on the ideas of schools who have gone through the process. via +Suan Yeo

How to think like a troubleshooter - support.google.com

We all want to solve any issue we encounter as quickly as possible. Here are some useful tips that you should always remember when you're troubleshooting Google Apps or... just about anything else! H/T +Bill Selak 


Brief tutorial on how to use Yet Another Mail Merge Add on by +Allison Mollica


BPS EdTech: Chromebooks - sites.google.com

A Chromebook resource guide for teachers put together by +Jennifer Scheffer

A Web Whiteboard - awwapp.com

Simple and fast tool to draw and share. Great solution for sending notes to kids and they can then embed the work in their gDocs. Shared via +Chris McCaffrey

Flubaroo can now autograde your forms and sent the results back automatically - plus.google.com


7 new languages added to the Easy Accents Google Docs add-on - plus.google.com

New languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Hungarian and Icelandic. H/T +Angie Sutherland

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AppsEvents EdTech Buzzwords Bingo Card for BETT 2015

Here is our final Buzzword Bingo card for BETT 2015. Thanks to everyone who contributed their ideas.

Shout-out to +Dan Taylor +Tim Brown +Susan Gilley +Charlie Gerancher +Lori Curtis +Nathan Kellogg +Blanca E. Duarte +Ben Harrison +Jane Shrader +Sarah Woods +Elizabeth McCarthy +Jennifer Scheffer +Sean Tm +Donnie Piercey +James Allen


We received a handful of suggestions and too bad we couldn't fit everything in a single card. See complete list in no particular order:

  1. Personalized Learning 
  2. Personal Learning Plans
  3. Open Learning Platforms
  4. Student Tech Team
  5. Balanced Use
  6. Google Classroom
  7. Chromebooks
  8. Differentiated Instruction
  9. Learning Management System (LMS)
  10. Blended Learning
  11. SAMR
  12. Google Play
  13. Gamification
  14. Design Thinking
  15. Self Directed Learning
  16. Sketch Notes
  17. MOOC
  18. Future Ready Schools
  19. 3D Printing 
  20. Augmented Reality
  21. Project Based Learning (PBL)
  22. Hour of Code
  23. Maker Spaces
  24. Big Data

The items above were picked based on popularity. Below are the rest of the buzzword suggestions we didn't include. Maybe create a second card?

  1. Flipped Classroom
  2. Backchannels
  3. Ideation
  4. Spinning
  5. Classroom Management Systems
  6. Digital Disruption
  7. Digital Literacy 
  8. GAFE
  9. Extensions
  10. AddOns
  11. Cybersafety
  12. BYOD
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AppsEvents Google Enthusiasts Meet Up at BETT 2015


AppsEvents will be hosting an informal Google enthusiasts meet up at BETT 2015 on Thursday January 22 at 4:30PM onwards at The Fox Bar At Excel, just outside the West entrance. Everyone is invited to join!

RSVP herehttp://goo.gl/4821CE
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Organize Gmail with Sortd, Add Image to Gmail Signature from Google Drive, and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from December 22, 2014 to January 4, 2015.


Sortd Intro - www.youtube.com

Sortd transforms the way you work with email. It brings your email conversations, your tasks and your priorities together in one intuitive workspace, and works right inside Gmail! http://www.sortd.com/ H/T +Samantha Vardanega


Add image to Gmail signature from Google Drive - googleappsupdates.blogspot.com

It is now easier to add images to Gmail signatures on the web by enabling the option to choose and display images from Google Drive. H/T +Asher Maslan

Vidmaker Demo - www.youtube.com

Vidmaker has just been bought by Google to work on YouTube. If they bring all these features to YouTube, then Video Editing is another item we can tick off the Chrome OS tick sheet. Great find +Peter J. Moran

The video below is a walk-through of Vidmaker's video editing capabilities.



+Dan Taylor shared a fascinating article in the Christmas edition of The Economist about the growth of International Schools worldwide.
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[EVENT] Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes @ Nexus International School (Singapore)

Please see below for what we hope will be a unique and thoroughly worthwhile day of professional learning that will really make participants think about what matters in education. Nexus International School (Singapore) has managed to secure two acclaimed international authors and presenters. 

Counting What Counts

Date: Friday, 04 March 2016
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Location: Nexus International School (Singapore)


Please note that seats are limited, especially for the afternoon session, so book early! For group bookings or inquiries, please email events@nexus.edu.sg

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Call for Speakers

For those who have attended any AppsEvents Google for Education Summit, Bootcamp, or Cloud Camp and are ready to step up to showcase your skills and expertise, we invite you to submit a session proposal for any of our upcoming 2016 Google for Education Summits happening across the US, Asia, Europe, and beyond in partnership with International Schools and the Google for Education team.

In addition to our core team of AppsEvents speakers, we welcome others to submit session proposals for any of our upcoming summits.

We need speakers to be passionate and knowledgeable but we have a range of sessions from ‘beginner’ to ‘techy’ so please submit your suggested session and we’ll get straight back to you. If it’s not right for us now we’ll give you some feedback as to what we are looking for to help you work on your current session and resubmit.

Speaking is a really great way to raise your profile in Google EDU and EdTech circles. If your session is selected, you will receive: 

  • Waived registration fee to the entire Summit & activities ($300 value) 
  • Advertisement webpage for your bio, links, social networking profiles and session description/link. 
  • Recognition throughout the Google Apps in Education communities 
  • Experience presenting outside your local organization (especially good if you are on the Certified Trainer track). 
  • The AppsEvents Summit Speaker electronic badge to use on your website, blog, email signature. 
  • Additionally, speakers who have presented three or more sessions are entitled to use the Featured Speaker badge.
If you feel that you are ready to step up, submit your session proposal here!
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