Top 5 iMovie for Android, Differentiated, Collaborative Reading, and more

GAFE - Google Apps Summit Slam -

Excellent resource to find weekly slam demos created by EdTech, Top Slams from around the world and Demo Live Sessions etc. A good place find a collaboration of clips to see how educators and users use Google Apps in new and innovative ways. Thanks to +Mike. Yung for sharing this!

Top 5 iMovie for Android -

One of the interesting features iMovie for Mac OS has to offer besides its desktop video tool for Mac, is that it also has a mobile application for you to enjoy in the iPhone and iPad. However, not all the goodies go to Apple users. Android users also have access to great video edition tools that will come at handy on their devices. h/t +Dan Leighton

NEWSELA + Google Docs = Differentiated, Collaborative Reading! -

A nice article about integrating Newsela and Gdocs. By combining these two FREE tools, it is now possible to differentiate your instruction, provide your students with a new way to connect to content, and clone yourself all in one! Shared by +Shawn Skalinski

10 Things I Took Away From the Google Apps Summit -

Takeaways from the recent Hong Kong Google in Education Summit as shared by +Tanja Galetti
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Last Call for European Google in Education Summit at International School of Prague (Oct 4 - 5, 2014)

Just a quick final reminder about the third annual European Google in Education Summit being held at the International School of Prague on October 4th and 5th, 2014. We still have a few seats left which we would like to fill before we close registration at the end of the week.

We have some truly world class and inspiring speakers to join us for the summit as well as a fantastic line up of sessions for all job roles, from beginner to advance users!

California Education Leadership committee member +Rowland Baker  will be there to deliver his keynote on how to prepare our students in the job market. The amazing Google Certified Trainer/Admin +Allison Mollica will also be there to give us powerful sessions on getting more from Gmail, Google Docs and Drive to help you discover new things you never knew existed.

For those itching to learn what else you can do with Google Classroom, +Ben Rouse  will have an advance level session where you can learn how you can add the formative assessment versatility of Doctopus to your Google Classroom experience. Ideal for teachers who have set up Google Classroom and want to add grading rubrics and gradebooks to the mix to automate feedback.

We are delighted to announce having WeVideo on-board for the summit with great hands-on session together with +Sarah Woods on creating movies in class using your phone or tablet plus other exciting sessions from +Veronika BartoŇ°ov√°+David Hellam+John McGowan+Aaron Tyo-Dickerson+Daren Schuettpelz and +Thiliepan Selvarajah.

We can't wait to see you there! REGISTER NOW!
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Google Drive Improved Screen Reader, Epic Docs Animation, and More

Google recently announced a major accessibility update to Google Drive as well as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Forms. Specifically designed with blind and low-vision users in mind, the improvements include an improved screen reader and Braille display, as well as phone support. h/t +Lee Webster 

Automated lists, backspace to undo autocorrections in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings -

In Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings, Google will now automatically turn on bulleted or numbered list mode when we detect that a person wants to make a list based on what was typed as the first visible character in a paragraph. h/t +James Sayer

Connect objects and images in Slides and Drawings -

Elbow and curved connectors between shapes are now supported in Google Slides and Drawings. When you go to connect two shapes, you'll notice these two new items in the drop-down menu. Learn more: h/t: +Dan Leighton

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New Features of Google Sheets Mobile App, Google Docs Feature Ideal for Collaborative Writing, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from September 7 - 20, 2015.

New Features of Google Sheets Mobile App -

New Sheets features help you stay productive. Format individual words in the same cell, choose contents from a list and calculate sums, averages, and more easily...even on-the-go!

Leveraging Google Docs & Drive for Supercharging Class Workflow -

Loads of resources to speed you up, better support your students and Super-charge YOUR Workflow

Enhancing the Slides App with 2 New

Now, you can toggle between the slides you're presenting and the live feed video during a Hangout. Simply tap the video camera icon to view and pin other Hangout participants.
You can also flip between slides from the notification bar, even if your phone is locked. You’ll see options to move forward, backward or exit the presentation entirely.

A New Google Docs Feature Ideal for Collaborative Writing in Class -

Google released a new collaborative feature called ‘See new changes’. As of right now, this feature works only on Docs and is not yet available for Spreadsheets and Presentations. This is particularly useful for co-writing documents. Now when working on a document with other collaborators, you will be able to see the changes added to the document as soon as you open it.
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Announcing The 2nd Scandinavian Google in Education Summit in Sweden This October!

We are delighted to announce our second annual Scandinavian event!

The Sweden Google in Education Summit is being organized by Google in Education partner AppsEvents together with Infomentor and the Xenter Botkyrka on October 27 (Monday) until October 28, 2014 (Tuesday).

Why Attend a Summit?

The summit is a fantastic two-day event of educators teaching other educators that is focused on the core Google Apps for Education suite such as GMail, Calendar, Docs, and Drive but may also cover other Google products such as Google Classroom, Chromebooks, Google Play and Android, YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Earth among others. (See 12 reasons you should attend a Google in Education Summit this 2014).

It's going to be a really great event with the amazing Google Certified Teacher, Trainer, and Admin +Allison Mollica flying in from the US to Tumba, Sweden just for the summit to share her famous “Treasure Trove” series. The summit will also feature Google and education technology experts +Ben Rouse , +Anders Wockatz, and more. Check out the initial speaker and session line-up.

Aside from the fantastic sessions we’ve prepared, you’ll also have the opportunity to play with gadgets like Google Glass and Chromebooks and enjoy great networking opportunities including an evening party to catch up with colleagues from other international school and speakers.

If you don’t want to miss the “must attend” Google event this year, click HERE to register for the Sweden Summit. Early bird pricing is going on so grab them now while they last.

Become a Speaker

If you are a Google Education fan and have knowledge on some area of using Google tools in Education and are interested to apply to lead a session, the request for speakers is open. It’s a great way to raise your profile in EdTech circles.
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Helping Kids Be Smart Online, Google Form Results in Form View, and More

It looks like everyone had a blast during the first ever Hong Kong Google in Education Summit held at Kowloon Junior School. We would like to thank all the awesome speakers, attendees, volunteers, and partners (GSA21st Century Learning, and English Schools Foundation) for making the summit possible. We hope to see you all again next year!

Meanwhile, here are some great articles and resources shared on our Google+ community:

Helping kids be smart online -

Great tips on helping kids navigate the web smartly and safely from Google Safety Centre. Shared via +Suan Yeo 

Demo from +Mike. Yung on how to send notification email to a user after submitting his/her responses in Google Form format. Great trick to for reviewing information submitted in Google Form especially for student online quizzes.

Relationship between Chromebook & 21st Century Schools [SLIDES] -

The presentation material for the Hong Kong Google in Education Summit. Includes the web apps that has been recommended and collected by GET from US. Another great resource from +Mike. Yung
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Announcing The 3rd European Google in Education Summit in Prague

We are delighted to announce the third annual European Google in Education Summit being organised by Google in Education partner AppsEvents together with the International School of Prague on October 4 (Saturday) until October 5, 2014 (Sunday).

It's going to be a really great event with the amazing Google Certified Teacher, Trainer, and Admin Allison Mollica flying in from the US to Prague just for the summit to share her famous “Treasure Trove” series. The summit will also feature Sarah Woods, one of the most popular speakers in Europe, as well as Ben Rouse and many more Google and education technology experts. Check out the initial speaker and session line-up.

Are you looking to get Google certified? At the Summit we’ll run a certification bootcamp which will prepare you for the exams ahead. Find out more about the bootcamp.

If you don’t want to miss the “must attend” Google event this year, CLICK HERE to register for the European Summit. Early bird pricing is going on so grab a seat now while they last.

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The Value of Blogging in the Classroom, Introducing Google for Work, and more

Why Blogging is So Valuable in the Elementary Classroom -

Though there are some challenges with classroom blogging, there are many more benefits to enhance student learning and success. Shared via +Claire Wachowiak

Your Forms, you way -

One of your top requests has been the ability to add your own personal touch to forms, and starting today you can with custom themes. To add a custom theme, just create a new form and click the “Change theme” button in the toolbar. h/t +Aaron Gumz

Introducing Google for Work (the artist formerly known as Enterprise) -

As of September 2, 2014, what was called Google Enterprise is now, simply, Google for Work. Shared via +Alex Stamp

Now it is super easy to import videos from Google+ into YouTube -

Shared via +Blair Cook. Screenshot from +Patrick Green 

Save As Doc is a free Google Spreadsheets Add-on that enables you to select a series of adjacent cells and turn them into an easy to read Google Document. h/t +Samantha Vardanega 

Sharing just got a little easier -

New feature for Google Docs/Sheets/Slides: if you want to create a unique shareable link, you can now just click the “Get shareable link” button. h/t +Samantha Vardanega and +Cortney Steffens 
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Find Famous Quotes in the Google Docs Research Tool, Share to Classroom Chrome extension, and More

Great resource links, tips, news, and updates shared by our Google+ community members from August 24 - September 6, 2015.

Find Famous Quotes in the Google Docs Research Tool -

The Research tool in Google Docs and Slides is a popular way for students to find, insert and cite information from the web into their work. But did you know that it can also be used to find famous quotes?

h/t +Samantha Vardanega

Send students to the same website with Share to Classroom Chrome extension - googleappsupdates.blogspot

Google launched a new Chrome extension for Classroom called Share to Classroom. This extension makes it easy for teachers to send all of their students to the same website during class. Once the extension is installed, a teacher can simply open a website and “push” it to his or her students, triggering that website to open on the students’ devices as well. (It also works the other way—students can “push” websites to their teachers.)

h/t +Allison Mollica

Head back to school with new features in Google Classroom -

As teachers gear up for the new school year, Google is adding a number of new features in Google Classroom to help them save time, engage with students, and keep everyone organized.

h/t +James Sayer

Save time planning business travel and more with events from Gmail on Google Calendar -

When an individual receives an email in Gmail with flight, hotel, restaurant, or ticketed event information, that event will be automatically added to their Google Calendar, complete with things like flight numbers and check-in times. Calendar will even update those events if plans change and a new email is received (for instance, when a flight is delayed or a reservation pushed back).

h/t +James Sayer

Deprecating web hosting support in Google Drive -

Beginning August 31, 2015, web hosting in Google Drive for users and developers will be deprecated. Google Apps customers can continue to use this feature for a period of one year until August 31, 2016, when serving content via id will be discontinued.

h/t +James Sayer

New Explore Panel in Sheets -

The new Explore panel in Sheets creates charts and insights automatically, so you can get help understanding your data in seconds.  It's like having an expert analyst by your side! Try it on +Android  ( or on the web (

Drive for iOS Updates -

The latest update to Drive for iOS is now available in the App Store. This new version allows you to select multiple files to make them available offline, star them so they are easier to find later, or organize them into folders. Plus, a single tap lets you quickly share, rename, or view file details.

Google Apps Marketplace gets a fresh new look -

Google launched a brand new Google Apps Marketplace site aimed to improving discoverability and getting your app installed by even more customers.
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Last Call for Fall Summits Registrations

Just a quick final reminder about the upcoming fall AppsEvents Summits happening across the US, Europe, and Asia. We still have few places left before we close registration a week before the summit dates. We have some world class international speakers flying in for all our summits as well as fantastic session lineups prepared together with leading local Google for Education and EdTech experts for a memorable PD experience.
All our summits will have ‘demo slams’, a ‘Samsung tablet raffle’, ‘Google Apps Admin’ strand and ‘mobile learning’ strand held in our Samsung Smart Classroom, where you can try the latest device as well as learn about using tablets in the classroom.
Here are some additional things you can look forward to in our Fall summits:

Fresno Summit

We are thrilled to have EdTech superstar Alice Keeler ( joining us for the Fresno Summit this September 12th and13th at Glacier Point Middle School. Alice will be delivering the day 1 keynote and will be presenting some great sessions sessions on Google Drive and Apps Scripts.

Dubbed as the ‘Queen of Spreadsheets’, Alice will also share her rubric creator template ( and other nerdy and super useful projects and tips. 
REGISTER for the Fresno Summit here.
Seattle Summit

On the Friday before the Seattle Summit, we are delighted to offer a one-day Chromebook Management Course. This course is designed to help you get started using Chromebooks from both the end user and administrator’s perspective. This course will also serve as a comprehensive guide for schools planning to integrate Chromebooks in a 1:1 environment in their curriculum. 

Due to overwhelming demand, we are also happy to announce that we will be opening a second 'Google Educator' certification preparation bootcamp which will happen after the summit on Monday, September 28th.
European Summit

Our 4th annual European summit is being held at Inter-Community School in Zurich and features an amazing speaker line up. As well as all our regular summit sessions and strands we are delighted to be offering our ‘Leadership strand’ which is held over two regular summit sessions. The curriculum is designed by Google leadership experts Rowland Baker and John Mikton to cover the best practices for leaders at schools running Google Apps.

REGISTER for the European Summit here.
Bangkok Summit
This year’s Bangkok Summit will be held at Thai-Chinese International School (TIS). We have some exciting advanced sessions especially for those of you who are now regular Bangkok Summit attendees. Apart from basic and intermediate sessions on the various Google for Education tools, there will also be sessions on leveraging the use of Social Media in education, Chromebook integration and best practices, and using tablets in the classroom. For admins and teachers looking to get involved in administration we have both our AppsEvents Certified Admin Level 1 and 2 courses at the summit.
REGISTER for the Bangkok Summit here.
Singapore Summit
For AppsEvents first Singapore event, we are excited to partner with one of the leading international schools groups in Asia ‘Taylor’s Schools’ at their Nexus International School. The 2 day summit will feature some of the leading experts in Google for Education in Asia such as James Sayer and Lee Webster and features our ‘Certified Administrator’, ‘Mobile learning’ ‘Google Beginners’ and ‘Google Advanced’ strands.
Hope to see you there!
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Verifying Teachers in Google Classroom, Google Docs Major Updates, and More

Verifying Teachers in Google Classroom -

As the Google Apps admin for your school, you'll need to decide how teachers are given permission to create and manage classes in Classroom. When users first sign in to Classroom, they are asked to identify themselves as a teacher or a student. Everyone who identifies as a teacher is added to a Google Group, pending your review. h/t +Luz Pingol

Verifying Teachers in Google Classroom

10 Tips to Know before becoming a Google Educator -

Do you want to become a Google Certified Educator? Or do you know someone that does? Here are 10 tips to know before becoming a Google Certified Educator by +Victoria Woelders.

Google Docs Makes Major Updates That Could Potentially Replace Microsoft Office 365 -

Google’s Slides app (Google’s answer to PowerPoint) is available as a separate app for devices running on the iOS platform. Until now, it was accessible only through the Google Drive on iOS. Google Drive is Google's online file storage tool. Shared via +Lee Webster

Embed YouTube Playlist in Google Sites -

Shared by via +Allison Mollica

See who’s online more easily in Hangouts in Gmail -

It is now easier to see which of your chat buddies are currently online, thanks to a new tab in Hangouts in Gmail. In this new tab, friends who are online are shown first, followed by those who aren’t. Of course, you can still send your offline friends a message and they’ll get it the next time they check Hangouts on their computer, phone or tablet. Plus, you can also now pin your favorite contacts (you know, your mom, your BFFL, or your crush) to the top of your contact list. h/t +Moritz Tolxdorff

Adding special characters in Docs, Slides, and Drawings -

There are now a couple of new ways to help you find just the right character or symbol to insert--you can now search by keyword, or even just draw what you’re looking for if you’re not sure what it’s called. h/t +Michael Fricano II
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