Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education, Google+ Profile Discoverability and more

Last week was a busy and exciting one for us here at AppsEvents as we prepared for the Vermont Google in Education summit. We would like to thank all our summit delegates, speakers, and sponsors for making the event possible. We hope to see you again next year!

Here are some great resource links and videos shared by our Google+ community members last week.

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Image via coolcatteacher.com
Google Drive has enabled Google Add Ons and there are some that you and your students will want to enable right away. Others may appeal more to professional developers or those who work remotely.

Shared via +Dan Gibson 


Google Slides and Drawings make it easy for you to tell a story and share your ideas. And a big part of storytelling is the images you use to bring a concept to life. Now it’s even easier to get those images just right, because Slides will let you crop, apply shape masks, and add borders to your images right within your presentation. 

Originally shared by +Allison Mollica 


Google announced that Google Apps admins can now set the default state for profile discoverability in their domain through a control in the admin console if they have enabled Premium Features. It is checked by default, making profiles discoverable in public web searches.

Thanks to +Lee Webster for sharing this update!

Feedback - Geobrowsing

"Google Geo really wants feedback from educators on their tools for education. Please provide input and share with others as it will guide their product development and available features for schools." via +Julene Reed 

Google Forms a teacher/student connection

In this very inspiring video, Kettle-Moraine High School teacher Ms. Kornowski finds a way of connecting with her students to build meaningful relationships with them.



Another great share from +Allison Mollica.

Way of a Warrant

Requests for user information from governments around the world are up 120 percent since 2009: http://goo.gl/11v9LP. Often these requests come in the form of a warrant from a government agency in the U.S.—here’s a video showing how we protect users' information from excessive requests, while also following the law.


Thanks again to +Lee Webster for sharing this video.

Top Discussion

"Here's a question.  How do I avoid this, if possible, and what do others do in this situation...or is this the following example a feature request for Google to ponder?...... Situation:  I've created a folder I share with my students, giving them the ability to edit; however, I have found that students have been accidentally moving items out of the folder (and into their own drive) making life annoying for others who needed to access this file and who don't see the file anymore because someone moved it out.  Is there a way, or should there be, to allow students to edit documents, but LOCK the file from moving?  I know I could not give them editing rights, but then this defeats the purpose of collaboration on a document.  Or am I missing something???" - posted by +Shawn Skalinski 
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Google Keep Now Lets You Export Notes to Docs, Use My Maps in the Google Maps app, and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from March 23 to 29, 2015.

Use My Maps in the Google Maps app - support.google.com

My Maps isn’t the same app as Google Maps. But you can view maps from My Maps in the Google Maps app. You can also get info and turn-by-turn navigation to places on My Maps.

Chrome App management - support.google.com

A new view for managing Chrome Apps and extensions in the Admin console is available. This provides greater visibility and control in managing specific Apps and extensions for your domain.

Google Docs Tip: Formatting Words in Comments - plus.google.com

Add formatting to words in your comments for emphasis, like bold, strikethrough, and italics.


Google Keep Update: Export Notes to Docs - plus.google.com

Whether you're jotting down a shopping list or putting ideas together for your next novel, Google Keep helps you capture your thoughts in the form of notes. With the latest updated, when you visit http://keep.google.com, you can export notes to Docs to expand, edit, and polish your ideas.



The refreshed apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides for iPhone/iPad help you fine tune line spacing in your documents while on the go, and include other bug fixes and improvements.

Docs: http://goo.gl/H1hm5K
Sheets: http://goo.gl/kU9hab
Slides: http://goo.gl/Qt46c6
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Spain Google in Education Summit 2014 - Sotogrande International School


During the first weekend of February 2014, Sotogrande International School (SIS) in collaboration with AppsEvents hosted the first Google in Education Summit in Spain. This video summarizes the 2 full days of the summit. Thanks to all participants and presenters who took part in the event.

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Cisco WebEx and UC Coming to Google, Docs Phishing Scam Update and More

As promised, we will be doing a round up of all the resources shared in our Google+ community page from the previous week every Monday. But aside from gathering links to articles and other resources, we decided to include the discussion threads opened by our community members so everyone can keep up with the conversations.

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Cisco WebEx and Cisco UC: coming to Chromebooks near you



Good news for enterprises and higher educational institutions using Cisco WebEx! Google announced last Tuesday that they will be integrating Cisco communication technologies to Chromebooks and Google Apps.

"Starting today, if you use Cisco and Google Apps, features you love, like messaging, fax, click-to-call and Cisco presence, are visible alongside Gmail."

Great share from +Aaron Gumz

Beware of This Dangerously Convincing Google Docs Phishing Scam


Last week brought a scare to many Google users.

"A very tricky phishing scam that takes advantage of Google Docs is making its way around the web. And since it uses a google.com URL and even makes use of Google's SSL encryption, it's almost impossible to tell that it's a hack."

Now there is no need to worry about this issue any more as an update from the Google press team stated that the fake pages have been removed already and that their abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again. However, it pays to be vigilant as hackers are getting more and more sophisticated. If you think you may have been affected by the attack, it is highly recommended that you reset your account password.

Thanks to +Larry McCarty for sharing this very important information.

Top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education


Google Apps Scripts are an invaluable tool that enables educators to extend and automate functionality inside of Google Apps for Education. This blog post explains how the top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Educators can enhance teacher workflow and the student learning experience.

Great share from +Brian Hamm especially for educators who are new to Google Apps scripts.

Count With Me! App


Count With Me! is a mobile app available for both iOS and Android to help children learn how to count from one to nine. It has two game modes: in the first mode, you tap a button to hear the corresponding sound while in the second, you tap the correct button after hearing the sound. You can also shake the device to shuffle the buttons.

Although this application was meant for kids, it also helps grown ups learning basic words in different languages. Thanks to +Ana Belita for sharing this!

Top Discussion


  • New sheets & add-ons slower than old sheets & scripts. Compelling reasons to early-adopt, anyone?? by +Bram Moreinis

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Google+ Officially Splits into Photos and Streams; Awesome List of 70 Google Now Voice Commands; and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from March 16 to 22, 2015.


Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had become the new lead for both new products, Google Photos and Streams. Shared by +Dan Taylor 


Google Now has become a big part of the Android experience and will probably be even more prominent in future updates. For that reason, it’s about time to get familiar with all the possibilities Google Now has to offer.


+Bjorn Behrendt  originally shared: CheckItOut add-on now sorts choices when they switch between IN and OUT questions.

Teaching With Video - March Updates - us2.campaign-archive2.com
Check out the latest improvements to the Cattura Learning Engine http://eepurl.com/bgprVb h/t +Dan Taylor 


Chrome Remote Desktop has been updated to a full-fledged Chrome App. This means no more tricks such as "Open as a window" to get around unexpected keyboard shortcuts. The custom window title bar will allow you to create as many new connections/windows as you wish and even go fullscreen. And since it's a Chrome App, you can add it to your shelf/dock/ taskbar/desktop to quicky access it.

Growing Google Apps for Education - pages.backupify.com

Has your school migrated over to Google Apps for Education? Congratulations! This ebook is filled with great advice for a successful implementation from real-life admins who've been through it already. Shared by +Katie Thornton 
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AppsEvents to Host 2015 South Korea Google for Education Summit at Chadwick International


We are thrilled to announce that Chadwick International, in cooperation with AppsEvents, will be hosting the 2015 South Korea Google for Education Summit on May 9 (Saturday) to May 10, 2015 (Sunday). It's going to be an exciting two days of exploring, learning and leveraging the Google Apps for Education suite of tools.

Why attend a Google for Education Summit?


Google Apps for Education is a powerful tool that can enhance and support education and organization communication at every level and the South Google for Education Summit is a fantastic professional development opportunity to help you to get the most out of these Google tools in both education and business environment.

The summit is packed with sessions lead by some of the worlds leading technology in education experts including Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers and Certified Google Apps Administrators.

Are you looking to get Google certified? On Friday, before the summit, we will run our Google Educator certification preparation bootcamp which will help you complete the certification process comprised of 5 online tests, a completed application, and a case study. The day is fun, engaging and teaches you how to quickly pass the tests and join the community of certified trainers worldwide. Find out more about the bootcamp.

We will also be offering our entry-level Google Apps admin certification course during the two-day summit by attending 4 regular sessions, so attendees can finish the day as AppsEvents Certified Administrators at no additional cost! 

Note that this is intended for someone coming in to an ‘up and running’ Google Apps domain and does not include set-up, which we cover in our advanced ‘Level 2 certification’.

Aside from the fantastic sessions we’ve prepared, you’ll also enjoy great networking opportunities including an evening party to catch up with colleagues from other international schools and speakers. Join the South Korea Summit now!

If you are a Google Education fan, have knowledge on some area of using Google tools for Education and are interested to apply to lead a session, the request for speakers form is still open. It’s a really great way to raise your profile in EdTech circles.

If you don’t want to miss the “must attend” Google event this year, CLICK HERE to register for the Summit. Limited offer early bird pricing including group discount is ending soon so grab them now while they last.

We hope to have a range of attendees, so in addition to the tech experts at your school, we hope you will send teachers, office staff, and anyone who wants to use Google tools more effectively. Please share!


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What to Expect from the 2015 Taiwan Google for Education Summit



We are excited to announce that Morrison Academy, in cooperation with AppsEvents, will be hosting the 2015 Taiwan Google for Education Summit on May 16 (Saturday) to May 17, 2015 (Sunday) at the Morrison Academy Taichung campus. It's going to be an exciting two days of exploring, learning and leveraging the Google Apps for Education suite of tools.

The summit is packed with sessions lead by some of the worlds leading technology in education experts including Googlers, Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers and Certified Google Apps Administrators. 

Suan Yeo, Education Evangelist for Google in the Asia-Pacific region, will be at the Taiwan Summit to share his views on educational trends, Google insights and the future of technology as it relates to the teaching and learning process.

Are you looking to get Google certified? On Friday, before the summit, we will run our Google Educator certification preparation bootcamp which will help you complete the certification process comprised of 5 online tests, a completed application, and a case study. The day is fun, engaging and teaches you how to quickly pass the tests and join the community of certified trainers worldwide. Find out more about the bootcamp.

We will also be offering our entry-level Google Apps admin certification course during the two-day summit by attending 4 regular sessions, so attendees can finish the day as AppsEvents Certified Administrators at no additional cost! 

Note that this is intended for someone coming in to an ‘up and running’ Google Apps domain and does not include set-up, which we cover in our advanced ‘Level 2 certification’.

Aside from the fantastic sessions we’ve prepared, you’ll also enjoy great networking opportunities including an evening party to catch up with colleagues from other international school and speakers. Join the Taiwan Summit now!

If you are a Google Education fan, have knowledge on some area of using Google tools for Education and are interested to apply to lead a session, the request for speakers form is still open. It’s a really great way to raise your profile in EdTech circles.

If you don’t want to miss the “must attend” Google event this year, CLICK HERE to register for the Summit. Limited offer early bird pricing including group discount is ending soon so grab them now while they last.

We hope to have a range of attendees, so in addition to the tech experts at your school, we hope you will send teachers, office staff, and anyone who wants to use Google tools more effectively.

Why attend a Google for Education Summit?

Google Apps for Education is a powerful tool that can enhance and support education and organization communication at every level and the Taiwan Google for Education Summit is a fantastic professional development opportunity to help you to get the most out of these Google tools in both education and business environment.

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Google Apps EDU Tips for Teachers by Teachers, New Doctopus Add-on, and More

Here's a round up of some great Google Apps EDU Links and other resources from our Google+ community last week.

Google Apps for Education: Tips for Teachers by Teachers (Free eBook) 


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A free eBook containing 100% real world, practical advice from Google certified teachers on how they use the suite of Google Apps to empower their students and enhance the learning experience. An excellent guide as you begin your own move to Google Apps or continue refining your existing process.

Found by +Katie Thornton

Announcing the Newly Released Doctopus, An Add-on for Google Docs 


Apps Script lovers REJOICE! Scripts are back in the new Sheets and there’s a new way to make the magic happen with the brand new Add-ons menu. Scripts have moved out of the Script Gallery and into the Add-ons Gallery. The new interface gives us more detailed information, screenshots, ratings and support information.

Great share from +Allison Mollica cc +Jay Atwood  and +Jennifer Magiera

Styling Embedded Google Calendars


Embedding a Google Calendar in a website is quite easy. However, the styling options are very limited. This blog post (plus video) from +Wanda Terral will help you end up with a more stylish embedded Google Calendar.

Track Changes


When collaborating on a document, it can be tough to manage the editing process. Track Changes Basic gives you the control you need. You can selectively accept the edits you like, and discard the ones you don’t.

Another awesome find by +Allison Mollica

Fun online tools for both teachers and their pupils


Great write up for our Google in Education East Africa Summit held last March 1- 2, 2014 at International School of Tanganyika. You can check out some of the summit pictures here.

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Great Geo Game for Grades, Two Powerful Google Drive Tools for Signing Your Docs and PDFs, and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from March 9 to March 15, 2015.


Smarty Pins makes geography fun with gamified trivia using Google Maps. The game asks location-based questions. Drop a pin on the map as close to the correct answer as possible. The farther away you are, the more miles it deducts from your score. Earn extra credit miles for answering quickly. Topics include Arts & Culture, Science & Geography, Sports & Games and more. I’m using this one in class today. H/T +Allison Mollica 


There are several tools out there that claim to help users add electronic signature to their documents and PDFs but only a select few are really worth the try. The following recommendations are among the best Chrome tools teachers can use to electronically sign their documents. h/t +Lee Webster 

g(Math) is now fixed! - mathtechtips.blogspot.com

For the past few days or so g(Math) has been mostly broken. This was due to an update that Google made that affected almost all Add-ons. The good news is now all flavors of g(Math) should be working! Shared by +John McGowan 

Google Docs Tip - plus.google.com

Want to link to a specific section of a document? Insert a bookmark then copy and share the URL. 


Mute Messages in Inbox - plus.google.com

Looking to mute messages so that new replies don't pop up in your inbox again? On mobile, just press and hold Done. On web, use the keyboard shortcut "m". Here's how you can enable keyboard shortcuts: http://goo.gl/T6jEE5


+Adam Vardanega originally shared: Very impressed with this Chrome and Google Drive extension. Gives the user the ability to annotate and highlight PDF documents in drive or on your computer. Great for reviewing articles. Also includes a collaboration feature so many users can add annotations and partake in discussion about the article being read. Well done Notable PDF!

Twitter in a Google Document - plus.google.com

Richard Poth originally shared: Twitter in a Google Document. A great add on for those that want a twitter feed while using a Google Doc.


GOOGLE, A WORLD OF APPS - newsmanager.commpartners.com

Article on "Google Apps" by +Teresa Almeida d'Eca based on her Google Portugal Summit presentation published in the TESOL CALL-IS newsletter, March 2015 issue.

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Doctopus Collaboration Metrics, Switch Google Chrome User Avatar Menu Back, and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from March 2 to March 8, 2015.


A combination of analytics to help teachers monitor student engagement, ensure consistent teacher feedback, and increase the instructional impact of group projects and peer-review protocols has been added to Doctupos.


Switch your old avatar menu back.  Just go to chrome://flags/#enable-new-avatar-menu  
Disable the feature and relaunch Chrome. h/t +Allison Mollica 


The Gmail team recently released a preview of the new Google Contacts that makes it easier to keep track of the people you know and get the info you need, fast. The new Google Contacts comes with a fresh look and feel, and conveniently pools together all your contacts, circles, and the people you talk to most in Gmail.

Google Docs Tips - plus.google.com

Use the Redo button in Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings and Forms to quickly reapply formatting to other shapes and text.


Number Frames - mathlearningcenter.org

Awesome tool for the K & 1 classroom combined with an IWB or tablets. Landscape worked best on the #nexus7 with annotation tools and fun graphics to help teach number concepts. Very flexible. - +Chris McCaffrey 


The latest release of the Hangouts Android app now allows external guests using the app to join Hangouts video calls from their mobile device with a meeting link provided by the organizer. People can now use their Chromebox for Meetings devices to both request to join Hangouts video calls as a guest using a link, and accept requests from guests wishing to join using a link.
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Trim YouTube Videos Via Mobile App, Create Custom Headers and Footer in Google Docs, and More


Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from February 23 to March 1, 2015.


Android users, rejoice! The YouTube team is proud to introduce a new video-trimming feature and inline video previews for the mobile app.  Now you can select the exact frame where the video starts and ends, giving you precise control of your trims in a simple, intuitive way. h/t +Dan Leighton 

Headers and Footers - the way you want them - plus.google.com

You can now use different headers and footers on the first pages of your documents, which comes in handy for:
  • Following academic formatting guidelines (e.g. MLA, CMS, APA)
  • Starting page numbering on the second page
  • Making a title page without headers or footers
There’s also a new Insert > Page Number menu that lets you customize how and where you start your page numbers. h/t +Roscelia Lavenant

Google Classroom: New treats for teachers and students - googleforeducation.blogspot.com
In every classroom around the world, teachers spend time decorating their rooms by tacking up fun decorations and outstanding student work. With the latest updates of Google Classroom, teachers can bring those same personal touches to Classroom by uploading their own images to use as themes. That’s just one of the little surprises.

FREE Google Cheat Sheets eBook - www.shakeuplearning.com

This ebook includes 8 Google Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students! Each cheat sheet is filled with tips, tricks, and how-to information to take your Google Apps skills to the next level. Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource +Kasey Bell 
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AppsEvents Supports the ‘Arkansas Innovation Institute’


The second season of ‘The Innovation Institute’, hosted by Springdale Arkansas Schools and the eMINTS National Center, is taking place this June 8 and 9, 2016. This 2-day event aims to improve current instructional technology practices and is a great opportunity for educators to come together and learn from each other. If you have previously attended any of our Google Pre-certification Bootcamps, we encourage you to share your knowledge and ideas on using Google Tools for education by submitting a session proposal.

For those attending the conference, we are happy to announce that we will be giving away some free passes for our 2016 US summits and bootcamps!

We may also be offering our 1-day Google PreCertification course as a post-conference workshop. Additional details to be announced soon.
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March 18 NYC Metro Google for Education Summit

A lot has happened in education this past year in the development of cloud based learning and Google Apps….Many innovative ideas have been developed and shared worldwide. Now is a great time to take your learning to the next level.

The Eleanor Roosevelt High School in cooperation with AppsEvents and our amazing partners LogicWing is proud to be hosting the first NYC Metro Google for Education Summit on March 19th (Saturday) with the Google EDU certification preparation boot camp being offered as a whole day pre-summit course on Friday, March 18th.

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.

The New York event has been focussed to really meet the needs of the NY Google Community and the EARLY BIRD pricing has been extended through March 4th. For those who haven't registered yet, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the lower rates.

Looking forward to meet you at the summit!



Additionally, if you have attended an AppsEvents Google PreCertification Bootcamp would you mind completing this feedback survey? We would love to know if you did become Google Certified in any or all areas and what you have been doing or future plans!
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Don’t Miss The 2016 Chicago Google for Education Summit. Early Bird Ends March 2

The Winnetka Public Schools District 36 in cooperation with AppsEvents is proud to be hosting the 2016 Chicago Google for Education Summit on April 2-3, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) with the Google EDU certification preparation boot camp 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 sessions where you can learn the basics of the core Google tools. Here are some of our recommendations:
 

Do a “Demo Slam” and win cool prizes!

At the end of Summit day 1 / day 2, we will 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://chicago.appsevents.com/. Early bird promo pricing available until March 2, 2016.


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