Showing posts from June, 2014

Coming soon in late 2014: AppsEvents Announce ‘Google Classroom’ Bootcamps

There has been a huge interest in Google Classroom and from what we have seen so far it is going to be a revolutionary tool in further democratising EdTech and moving control to the individual teacher.

Our blog post on Google Classroom and the Google Classroom ‘Sneak Preview’ at our California Summit back in May sparked huge interest and many members of the AppsEvents team are preparing to spend time in the system in the early access phase over the summer. As people have seen from the previews online Google Classroom allows individual teachers to create an online classroom, and features extensive integration with Google Drive, so for example, teachers get one folder in Drive for each assignment which student coursework submissions get shared to. 

In our conversations with schools and districts, there is a massive groundswell of interest in Google Classroom. Schools want to evaluate it quickly upon release so they can get up to speed and get teachers using it within their schools. 

To hel…

Configuring Google Apps Content Filters to Support Anti Bullying

Editor's note: Today's blog post is a guest article from Milan Mihajlov. Here he shares how Google Apps admins can help support the school's anti-bullying campaign. Read on to learn more.

In this article, we will take a close look into mechanisms for content filtering available in the Google Apps platform. The article consists of four parts:

Why content filtering in Google Apps;How to configure content filtering and how to effectively manage it;What is the best approach according to psychologists;Conclusion.
1. Why content filtering in Google Apps

With the evolvement of new technologies, cyber-bullying became the new way of bullying. According to it is “bullying that takes place using electronic technology including devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites”.

When schools open email accounts for their students they need to pay attention to …

Digitally Mapping Your Classroom with Google Sites

Editor's note: Today's blog post is a guest article from +Sam Rosenfeld, one of our presenters for the Connecticut Summit this June 21 to 22. Some of the ideas covered in this guest blog are ones he is going to present at the CT summit, and he wanted to share them with everyone who can't make it. Enjoy reading! :)

The 2012-13 academic year was my first year out of college, and I began my career in education as a first grade co-teacher. Entering the elementary school environment, I felt somewhat overwhelmed by the number of special procedures that I was required to know off-hand, and at first found it difficult to physically find all of the materials that I needed throughout the day. I knew that I couldn’t rely on paper notes, as they were too hard to sift through, so I began taking notes using Google Docs. Docs sustained me throughout the year, but as I began preparing the documents to pass on to the next co-teacher, I realized the easiest way to keep these notes useful wo…

AppsEvents announces a partnership with TICAL in California to offer the fantastic ‘Leading Edge Certification for the Online and Blended Teacher’

The program is structured as a one day face to face course and then 50-60 hours distance learning spread over eight weeks. AppsEvents will be running the one day course as a summit pre certification track with the Bangkok Summit being the first summit to offer this course on the Friday before the summit. More information on the course can be found on the Information Sheet.

AppsEvents decided to partner with TICAL as this certification allows the user to heavily utilize Google in Education tools to complete the course, with the student creating their overall portfolio as a Google Site and using several Google Drive tools including Google Presentation to create a collaborative presentation with your peers and Google Docs to develop a comprehensive assessment plan for an online or blended environment.

AppsEvents also plans to start offering the other two Leading Edge Certifications in 2014: the ‘Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator’ which focuses on site, district, and region…

Summits versus Bootcamps versus Cloud Camp

We’ve been asked many times what is the main difference between the various training events that we host and with the addition of Cloud Camp to our list of offerings, let’s take a look at the difference between a Google in Education summit, certification bootcamp, and Google Cloud Camp.

A Google in Education 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 Chromebooks, Google play and Android, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Advanced Google Search among others. 12 reasons you should attend a Google in Education Summit this 2014. The Google Apps EDU Certification preparation bootcamp on the other hand is a one day event usually held a day prior to or after any summit to help prepare educators who wish to become Google certified complete the certification process which comprises of 5 online tests and a comp…

AppsEvents announce ‘Google Apps Optimization Audit’ for International Schools

AppsEvents is delighted to announce our ground breaking ‘Google Apps Optimization Audit for International Schools’.

From working with many schools using Google Apps we noticed there was a need for schools to see where they are in their use of Google tools in a few areas:

Firstly they wanted to see how their IT staff, school management and teaching staff are actually using their system 
Secondly schools wanted to see how use of Google tools compares to other International Schools, both in terms of technical set up and use in the classroom. 
Finally they wanted recommendations on how to improve their Google Apps setup, and a roadmap and guidance on how to implement it. 
The audit aims to address these points by follows a holistic approach of granting admin access for us to review your settings, combined with surveys sent as Google forms to different groups of end users, and finally scheduled hangouts at the start, middle and end points of the audit to discuss our findings in more detail, c…