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10 Things I Took Away From the Google Apps Summit - Tanja's Journey

by +Tanja Galetti
I find going to a conference always very inspiring and motivating, coming across new ideas and getting a chance to trying out things I have heard about but never gotten into. The Google Apps Summit last weekend did exactly this and so, before the everyday craziness is taking over again, I quickly want to share a few things I have taken away from this conference. To get this post onto my blog (and not just draft it in my head as I most often end up doing), I will limit it to just 10 things, even though there was a lot more. So here they are, 10 things I took away from the Google Apps Summit, in no particular order:

1. Google Classroom is Google’s answer to Blackboard, Moodle and other online platforms that help teachers organize their classes and courses.

2. Google+ is Google’s answer to Facebook and Twitter, maybe a clever combination of features from both of these and a few other social media sites. For now, since I am very attached to my Facebook and Twitter accou…

AppsEvents launches online course portal with their ‘Google Classroom Online Course’

We are delighted to have launched our online course portal with our first course on Google Classroom with leading trainer Allison Mollica

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. The idea of creating a ‘native LMS’ within Google Apps has been a fascination for many in the AppsEvents team for several years, and we were involved in developing CourseDirector, a forerunner of Google Classroom with many of the same features.

We designed the online Classroom course to help get teachers and schools up to speed on using Classroom in the shortest possible amount of time. Our roadmap is to produce fully self contained, continuously updated courses focussed on teachers and school IT management.

Of course YouTube is an amazing resource for free videos and we encourage everyone to start (and sometimes end) their learning journey there, b…

Introducing AppsEvents Global Summit Partner 'Wizkids'

We are delighted to have had Wizkids 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 Wizkids team literally across the world at our summits in Asia, Europe and the US.

We had a connection as AppsEvents Director Dan Taylor was one of the developers of the CourseDirector LMS which was passed on to Wizkids when the summits started to take off.

Wizkids are best known for their groundbreaking assistive learning technologies spearheaded by AppWriter, that contains word prediction, read aloud features and the possibility to create personal profiles. AppWriter is available for iPad, Google Docs, Mac, Windows and Android. This video gives a good overview of what it does.

Want to try AppsWriter Cloud for yourself? Sign up for a free 1-month trial through this link.

In addition, they have developed a cloud based learning platform 'EduLife', that makes it easy to integrate…