Showing posts from May, 2013

Chrome Browsers Latest Superpower, Google Classroom Update and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from
May 18 - 24, 2015.

Big Google Classroom update -

 Now you can export your Google Classroom grades to any gradebook.

Chrome browsers latest superpowers-

Tone, Google's newest homegrown browser add-on, uses sound to quickly share URLs with anyone nearby.

Take down notes with your browser -

Turn any new tab page into a note taking application with Jot.

Pros & Cons of chromebooks -

Chromebooks are lightweight laptops that are designed for people who spend the majority of their time online.

Last Call for Monterey Bay Google in Education Summit (May 24 - 25, 2014)

Pajaro Valley High School  Saturday May 24th - Sunday May 25th, 2014
Just a quick final reminder about the first Monterey Bay Google in Education Summit being held at Pajaro Valley High School May 24th and 25th, 2014. We still have a few seats left which we would like to fill before we close registration at the end of the day Wednesday.
We have some world class and inspiring speakers to join us for the summit, California Education Leadership committee member +Rowland Baker and Google Certified Teacher & Apps EDU Certified Trainer +Kevin Brookhouser. AppsEvents very own +Dan Taylor will also be there to talk about getting Google certified, Google Apps administration, and using Blogger in the classroom.
We are delighted to announce having Canvaon-board for the summit and +Nick Cusumano from the TheatreCast podcast will be joining us too to talk about making stunning graphic design without going to art school. Plus get excited with amazing sessions from +Jason Borgen, Pancho Rodriguez…

Improvements to Hangouts in Gmail, Advanced Gmail Filters, Chrome Experiment, and More

Our Google+ community is now 2,650 strong. Woohoo! Big thanks to all our awesome community members. Keep sharing and contributing!

Below are top articles, resource links, and updates last week:

Some improvements to Hangouts in

You can now see some changes in your conversation list in Hangouts, including message snippets and the return of green “availability” bubbles to make it easier to see which of your friends are currently active. With the new search icon, you can see a list of all your chat buddies and find other friends on Hangouts. And whether you’re happy, grumpy, or any of the other seven dwarfs (plus a few not in the storybook classic), you can set your mood using one of 80 emoji. Your friends will have no problem guessing how you’re feeling that day.

Offline Support for Google Docs and Google Sheets Mobile App -

No wifi? No problem. Now you can create and edit files offline with Google Docs ( and Sheets (http://goo.g…

Add Images on the Go, Organize Tables on Google Slides, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from
May 11 - 17, 2015.

Amazing New Capabilities -

Google has recently expanded their Optical Character Recognition capabilities supporting all of the world's major languages.

Add Images on the Go -

Google Docs and Slides let you add images directly from your phone or tablet. Tool like cropping, masking and more are now available for control over your tables.
Also new in the Google Slide Apps -

Tell a better, more concise story with this new update for the Google Slide App. Insert and edit tables for an aesthetically better presentation.

50 things you can do with Google Classroom -

See what Google Classroom trick or features you haven't tried yet.

Community Round Up: Introducing Classroom, new mobile apps for Google Docs, upcoming changes to Sites, and more

Below are the top shares from our Google+ community last week:

Previewing a new Classroom -

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, Google announced a preview of Classroom, a new, free tool in the Google Apps for Education suite. It helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. Classroom is based on the principle that educational tools should be simple and easy to use, and is designed to give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn.

Thank you +Allison Mollica for sharing this very wonderful news.

New mobile apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides—work offline and on the go-

Every year, phones and tablets get better, and more of you are starting to use your mobile devices, not just to view, but also to create and edit content. And while the Drive app is a convenient place to store your stuff, we want to make it easier for you to quickly find, ed…

Google Classroom Updates, Introducing Google+ Collections, Gmail Shortcuts, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from
May 4 - 10, 2015.

Google Classroom Update -

Now, teachers are able to grade assignments from their phone or tablet, and add private feedback to give students guidance, encouragement, constructive criticism or personalized feedback. All these and more. Whether stationed in your own desk or on the go, Google has made it easier for all educators. Great post by +Kyle Pace.

Google photos now available through Google Drive -

Google initially planned to gradually roll out to all Google Apps customers during the 1st week of April, after much anticipation its finally up and functional.

+Chris Harte originally shared: "Nice to see my Google photos now available through Drive - so helpful when adding to docs and slides"

Get notifications for any comments for all files shared with you -

Turn on "all" notifications in the comm…

Last Call for Germany Google in Education Summit (May 10 - 11, 2014)

Just a quick final reminder about the second annual Google in Education Summit being held at Frankfurt International School May 10th and 11th, 2014. We still have a couple of final places left which we would like to fill before we close registration at the end of the day Wednesday.

We truly have some world class speakers coming to Frankfurt. We have two speakers flying in from California just for the Summit, Google Teacher Academy lead learner +Ken Shelton and California Education Leadership committee member +Rowland Baker. We have amazing sessions on getting your students developing their own Android Apps with TEDx EDU host Derek Harwell some great ‘techy’ sessions from +Sarah Woods one of the most popular Google trainers in Europe.

Plus great sessions from +Adriaan van der Bergh+Anton Bollen+Jack Kriss+Laura Kriss+Ben Rouse+Anita Moose+Thomas Skovgaard and more.....

Hope to see you there!

AppsEvents Newsletter May 2014: Google Apps for Education Events World Update

AppsEvents Latest

AppsEvents is proud to have been producing successful summits in partnership with the Google in Education team across the world since 2011.

The beginning of 2014 was full of 'firsts' for us. We started off the year with our first ever Africa events with the Senegal certification bootcamp and East Africa Summit in Tanzania. In February, we held the first ever Spain Summit and in the US had amazing events in Louisiana and Vermont. We are continuously expanding to reach out to even more educators from all corners of the world!

In line with our shared vision of helping individual educators perform better with Google tools, we have created the AppsEvents blog as an avenue for our team of Google Apps experts (and others outside AppsEvents) to share how they use existing Google technologies in their classrooms. If you have an article you would like to share with Google in Education community, please contact us and we will add you as a guest author to the blog.

This f…

Google Apps Admin Corner: April 2015

Google has released a couple of important updates for Google Apps last April. Below is a digest of some key updates and other information to efficiently and effectively manage your GAFE domain including some product updates for Google Docs and Drive, Google Classroom, and mobile apps.

Google Classroom Now Supports Multiple Teachers & Other Improvement

Google Classroom now allows multiple teachers to work and collaborate on the same Classroom class. Additional teachers can post announcements and assignments, view/grade student work, add comments and other functions with exception of deleting the class altogether.

Teachers can also prepare for their classes ahead of time by saving announcements and assignments as “drafts”. Autosaving grades and improved email notifications for private messages have also been added. Learn more.

What Admins Should Do Now: Inform teachers about the updates.
Two New Admin Policy Controls for Google Hangouts Available

Google Apps admins can now force Hango…

Learn about GAFE Literacy Tools at the 2015 Taiwan Google for Education Summit

At the Taiwan Google for Education Summit, attendees can learn about common assistive technology supports (such as text-to-speech, word prediction, text and picture dictionaries and more) and how these can help students who struggle with reading and writing, as well as best practices on integrating assistive technology in a school’s curriculum.

Session attendees will be able to see these assistive technologies in action through Read&Write for Google™, a cloud-based solution that works with Google Documents, Web pages, and other common file types, such as PDF and ePub files on Google Drive. All session attendees will also be given a free copy of the software!

This session on GAFE Literacy Tools will run on both days of the Taiwan summit (with one of the sessions being delivered in Chinese) and will be headed up by Texthelp Regional Manager, Anita Wu Larmour. Anita has extensive experience as an ELL teacher and has been in the IT industry for 9 years. Her work at Texthelp allows he…

Last Call for South Korea and Taiwan Summits feat. Google for Education

We are so excited that May is here as two new Asian AppsEvents Google for Education summits are happening very soon!

We don’t want you to miss the action so here's a reminder. We still have a couple of final places left which we would like to fill before we close registration.

May 9 - 10 South Korea Summit at Chadwick International
Day 1 8:00am - 5:00pm / Day 2 9:00am - 2:00pm (UTC+09:00)May 16 - 17 Taiwan Summit at Morrison Academy
Day 1 8:00am - 5:00pm / Day 2 9:00am - 2:00pm (UTC+08:00)
We have some truly world class speakers joining us for both summits with an amazing line up of sessions catered for all levels and other fun surprises.

Why join a Google for Education Summit?

Gain new knowledge you can implement on MondayEvaluate Google tools in greater detail and discuss issuesNetwork with innovative educators in your areaMeet and learn from real industry experts Start your journey to become Google Apps certified! If you don’t want to miss these “must attend” Google events this yea…

Track Student Search Activities Using gScholar, 100 Hangouts On Air, and More

Here's our weekly round up of top articles, resources, and discussions shared in our Google+ community. Don't forget to join if you aren't in yet.

Top Articles/Resources

Track Student Search Activities UsinggScholar -

Ever wonder what your students search for? gScholar audits every Google Search that your students perform, instantly click the eye icon to perform the same search.  The best part is.... these information are saved so you can always go back in time if there is ever and incident or reason you need to view what someone searched for on a given day.

Great share by +Aaron Gumz

How to Receive Files in your Google Drive from Anyone -

Do you need a public drop box (not Dropbox) where people can upload files anonymously? In this tutorial, learn how to receive files in your Google Drive from anyone, even those without a gmail account.

Shared via +Chad Kafka

#ThailandOnly 100 Hangouts On Air-

Tune in next Saturday when the Goog…

Additional Google Slides Animation, Chromebooks in Higher Ed, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from April 27 - May 3, 2015.

Make you presentation more dynamic in Google Slides -

Google Slides has released two new animations. Appear and Disappear alongside with updates for some existing animations.

Digital textbooks created with #GAFE -

A great example of going paperless: digital textbook that boosts student and educators engagement.

A new way to view Wikipedia -
+Peter Vogel originally shared: "Yes, Wikiwand. Add it as an extension to your Chrome browser. Calls to Wikipedia will automatically be rerouted to the WikiWand rendering engine. It's all the same content, just repackaged with a cleaner look."

A higher education Chromebook -
Chromebooks for higher education are being used in classrooms across schools in US, UK and elsewhere. 
+Manish Malik originally shared: "When I first heard about Googl…