Showing posts from July, 2014

It's Elementary, My Dear Watson: Effective Ways to Engage Younger Students Using Google Apps

Editor's note: Today's blog post is a guest article from +Nick Rojas, a journalist from Los Angeles, CA. Here he illustrates simple yet engaging ways to use Google Apps in the classroom.

It’s no secret that recent technological changes have altered the face of childhood education. Walk into a classroom these days and you will see laptops, tablets, and even smart phones in addition to the workbooks and classical teaching tools. Computer literacy has become the norm even among very young students, and it is imperative that teachers keep up. To help with this, here are some simple yet engaging ways to use Google Apps for Education in the classroom.

Google Docs

Google Docs is perhaps the easiest of the Education Apps to implement into the classroom. Essentially, it functions as a web-based word processor, allowing users to create, edit, and collaborate with each other in an online setting.

Google Docs is the perfect tool for collaborative writing and peer editing. Students c…

Appsevents Announce Electronic Badges for Summit Speakers and Host Schools

Have you spoken or are speaking at a 2014 summit? We are delighted to announce our 'Summit Speaker' electronic badges that speakers can add to their blog, sites, presentations, email signatures etc.

From now on, these will be emailed to all speakers before each summit, including instructions on how to use them. Interested in presenting? Submit your proposals!

As for schools that have hosted an AppsEvents Summit, a Google Apps EDU Certification Preparation Bootcamp or a Google Cloud Camp, we will also be emailing the ‘AppsEvents Host School’ electronic badge.

Contact us if you'd like to host a summit, certification bootcamp or customized Professional Development Workshop. We offer several options for your school, college, or organization to host an event. Check out your options here.

Google Classroom: FAQ

by +Sarah Woods

This is another in our series of posts about Google Classroom! See links to complete series at the end of this post.

We're starting this FAQ with the questions we had, but please add your questions in the comments and we'll try to answer them! Also, please keep in mind that we're looking at the preview of Google classroom, so hopefully the answers to some of these questions will change!

Can teachers add other things to comments or just text?

Comments are text only. Hopefully this will be expanded later!

Is there some kind of gradebook when there is more than one assignment?

There doesn't seem to be a gradebook at all. We're hoping this will come with the full release. Right now, you have to go back to each assignment to review grades, which would be a real pain a few months down the road! This is another thing we're hoping to see extended with the full release!
Do you get an email when a grade is returned from the teacher?

Yes, you do! Teachers d…

5 Problems Google Classroom Solves Right Now

- by+Sarah Woods

This is another post in our series previewing Google Classroom!

1 It creates one central place where you can post resources, assignments, and other class information. 2 Feedback on announcements and assignments - student can comment on your posts and help each other understand if an assignment doesn’t make sense. 3 You don’t have to create folders and deal with permissions for assignments in Google drive. 4 You can have discussions in context of a topic without separate accounts for clunky message boards. 5 Teachers can see right away who has turned in an assignment and who hasn’t - and can email them right away!
See more:

Part 1 - Google Classroom: From the Teacher's PerspectivePart 2 - Google Classroom: From the Student's PerspectivePart 3 - 6 Things You Can’t Do with Google Classroom...YetPart 4 - 4 Ways to Impact Your Students’ Learning Experiences Using Google ClassroomPart 5 - 5 Problems Google Classroom Solves Right NowPart 6 - Google Classroom: FAQ
Lots of…

4 Ways to Impact Your Students’ Learning Experiences Using Google Classroom

-by+Sarah Woods

This is another in our series of posts previewing Google Classroom!

1 Language classes can have discussions in the class language! Imagine getting your students discussion topics and assignments amongsth themselves in the language they are learning! 2 Students know what’s going on! You have one place where students need to look to stay on top of their classwork. Sentences that will become a thing of the past:  “The dog ate my homework” “I lost my USB drive” "I couldn't figure out how to share it" 3 Students aren’t held back by the device they’re using! Any device that has internet access can use Google Classroom - PC, MAC, Linux, Chromebook, Smartphones...anything goes! 4 Differentiation by media! You can give all your assignments media aspects for those students who learn best with sounds and images. Link to Khan Academy, Youtube, or make your own and share away with your students to enrich their learning experiences without messing links, folders, lost files and…

6 Things You Can’t Do with Google Classroom...Yet

- by+Sarah Woods

This is another in our series of Google Classroom preview posts!

1 You can’t add people from outside the domain 2 You can’t grade by rubric or multiple criteria, which really limits grading. You can change the number value by clicking on the “point value” 100 and typing the number you want. 3 You can’t automatically comment on the submitted documents (they are shared with the teacher view only by default). 4 So far, there’s no gradebook. Keeping track of student grades outside of assignments isn’t going to be easy. You’ll have to look at each assignment and look at the grades. (But since there’s no rubric/multiple criteria option, this may not be an issue for most teachers because they won’t use the grading.) 5 You can’t have multiple teachers for a class - you can only add students. There doesn’t seem to be an administrative option, so you can’t add classes other than your own. Actually, you can even add another class for yourself. Hopefully this will be resolved with the ful…

Google Classroom: From the Student's Perspective

-by+Sarah Woods

This is the second of a series of blog posts based on a first look at Google Classroom (for part 1 click here). We know we're looking at a sneak peek, so it may not have all the features Google intends, but we still thought you'd like to see what there is!

Seeing their classmates

If they click on Students at the top of the page, they can see a list of their classmates.

Looking at Assignments

Assignments show up in the students’ stream looking like this:

They can comment on the assignment, view all the files, and if they click open, they can submit their assignments.

Submitting Assignments

When they’re ready to get started on an assignment, they can click on Add to add an existing Google Drive file, Link, or Upload a file.

They can click Create to make a new Google Doc, Presentation, Spreadsheet or Drawing that will automatically be in the right folder with permissions for their teacher to View it.

Once they’re ready to turn in their assignment, they click on turn…

Google Classroom: From the Teacher's Perspective

by+Sarah Woods

This is the first of a series of blog posts based on a first look at Google Classroom. We know we're looking at a sneak peek, so it may not have all the features Google intends, but we still thought you'd like to see what there is!

Announcements and Assignments: the flow of your stream

Google Classroom is set up as a “stream” much like we see on Google plus. The teacher adds both “Announcements” and “Assignments” as posts and then students can comment on both types of posts.

Announcements look like this:

The purpose of an announcement is to add something to the stream that your class can look at and comment on. For example, if you wanted your students to watch a Youtube video of a cat playing piano and then to give their review of its musical skill.

Teachers can add files, drive files, Youtube videos, and web links.

Students can comment on Announcements, creating a discussion amongst themselves about a post.

Assignments look like this:

The purpose of an assignment…

Introducing AppsEvents Global Summit Partner 'Hapara'

We are delighted to have had Hapara as a great supporter of our summits and the Google in Education Community in general since our first ever summit in Prague 2012, and have had fun hanging out with the Hapara team literally across the world at our summits in Asia, Europe and the US.

Hapara is best known for their ground breaking TeacherDashboard which makes student learning visible for Google Apps using schools. The platform structures Google Apps around classes and students, creating a digital teaching and learning environment that fits the needs of each individual school. The dashboards give teachers the power to track student engagement and monitor student progress.

The video below gives an overview of Hapara's Teacher Dashboard.

With Hapara's tools, Google Apps becomes both easier to use and more effective. Teachers get the visibility they need to improve student outcomes in the moment, and students get the full benefits of a safe, collaborative, digital learning environm…

Google Demo Slams Live-on-Air with Lee Webster

If you are constantly looking for fresh ideas on how to use Google products more efficiently in the classroom or new Google tricks to improve work productivity, tune-in to the Google Slam community by +Lee Webster.

The Google Slam community is a once a month live on air show where a group of educators from around the world get together and compete against each other by doing a demo slam on any Google Product via Hangouts. Each person has a 3 minute time limit after which the viewers vote to pick their favourite. It's a fun and interesting way of learning and the coolest part is you too can join!

If you want to take a peek at what happens during a Slam, you can check out Lee's YouTube channel and don't forget to subscribe too!

Lee Webster is a Google Certified Teacher and a core team member of AppsEvents. He is passionate about learning new tools that enhance learning and pushing the boundaries of education. He will be joining us on all three Asian summits this year (Hong K…

Guest Blog Post: Lesser-Known Google Search Tips and Tricks for Students and Teachers

Editor’s note: Today’s article is a guest blog post from +Andrew Broadbent, Director of Search Marketing at Vab Media and one of our volunteers during the Connecticut Summit last June. His passion for “search” inspired him to create this blog post to help students and teachers be more effective in doing web research by harnessing the power of Google.

Google Certified teacher Carol Larow, conducted a presentation a few weeks ago at the Google For Education Summit held at Greenwich Country Day School. I am writing this post to give teachers and students a comprehensive overview on Google’s advanced web search features at the same time to make this article a reference. This post takes a lot from her presentation and from my own experience as a search marketer.

Google Apps for Education 'Optimisation Audit' Process [Infographic]

We posted previously about our Google Apps for Education Optimization Audit where we analyze the Google Apps set-up for schools and recommend modifications based on analysis of the current set-up and incorporation of best practice from leading schools. We thought we would show our audit process here as it may be useful for schools who would like to develop a process to perform their own Google Apps 'audit' internally.

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