Identity: Where Fear and Change Intersect in Education by Sarah Woods for TEDxAmsterdamED

AppsEvents core team member Sarah Woods recently spoke at TEDxAmsterdamED 2015 on identity where she shared her personal struggles of losing her hair to Alopecia and how her new identity as a bald woman has helped her develop insight and gain a unique perspective on how to bridge the technology gap among teachers who never thought themselves as "techies".

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Rowland Baker Receives 2014 California ASCD Instructional Leader Award

Our AppsEvents speakers and core team members are key contributors to the success of AppsEvents organized summits and to the organization itself. We would like to recognize Rowland Baker for an amazing job and being the 2014 California ASCD Instructional Leader Award Winner.

Every year CASCD selects an Outstanding Instructional Leader (OIL) that has significantly impacted/influenced public education in California. Individuals, who influence, advocate for and support professional growth and instructional leadership to ensure success for each learner are nominated by their CASCD peers. This year CASCD is please to recognize an outstanding California instructional leader has made significant contributions, Rowland Baker, Executive Director of the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL).

Rowland has made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting the educational use of technology to advance student achievement through legislation, successful defense of funding or other legislation related to education that supports CUE's mission and membership.

Here are some of the accomplishments that Rowland Baker has done over the last 20-30 years in promoting advocacy for school funding aimed at Educational Technology.

Rowland has:
  • Served on CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee;
  • Received the CUE Legislative Advocacy Award, as well as the Making IT Happen Award from ISTE/CUE;
  • Co-Authored several pieces of legislation to insure funding for schools;
  • Presented at regional, State, National and International Conferences on the power of digital literacy in our schools;
  • Was invited to participate in the “Open Educational Resources” Summit sponsored by UNESCO in Paris, France;
  • Served on State Committees defining regulations of legislation;
  • Successfully written proposals to the GATES Foundation to match California Legislation funding (AB 75) for Leadership Training in Digital Learning;
  • Has “Walked the Halls” to advocate for Digital Learning in Sacramento as well as Washington, D.C.;
  • Presented to Congressional Staff as well as California Senate and Assembly on Digital Learning Initiatives;
  • Led state funded leadership programs for Digital Learning for 15 years,;
  • Written several articles for On-CUE and the Association of California School Administration (ACSA) Publications on Legislative Advocacy, Digital Learning; and Enriching Student 
  • Achievement through Technology;
  • Represented ISTE at the Global Educational Summit in Dubai, UAE, EduSummit in Netherlands, and again in Paris, France;
  • Key writer in original ISTE Standards for Administrators;
  • Wrote plans to encourage advocacy of Digital Learning aligning with the ISTE Standards to be implemented in the Gulf Region of the United Arab Emirates;
  • Keynoted in many “Google Summits” nationally and internationally advocating for digital learning and digital citizenship;
  • Has recruited over 50 practicing leaders in California as well as other states to become advocates for Education Learning through the TICAL Project;
  • Has given input through ISTE for several National Educational Technology Plans;
  • Has used social media and email lists to reach thousands to advocate National and State Funding in Technology; 
  • Answered the call from ISTE on numerous occasions to advocate to our national representatives the importance of their support of specific legislation, and used social media as well as other networks (print and digital) to promote support from others; 
  • Has marshaled California Educational Organizations (i.e. ACSA, CCSESA, and CUE) to support Legislative action on several occasions.
  • Recipient(s) Organization(s) Year Ed Tech Action Network ISTE, 
  •            - CoSN 2007            - Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard US House of Representatives,
                 - Tom Torlakson California's 11th Assembly District 2009 
                 - John Cradler Educational Support Systems 2010 
                 - Hilary Goldman ISTE 2012
                 - Barbara Nemko Napa County Superintendent of Schools 2013
                 - Hanabeth Jackson State Senator 2014
                 - George Miller U.S. Congressman 2014Rowland Baker 
                 - Executive Director, TICAL, Santa Cruz Office of California's 34th District 2008 Assemblymember Education 2015
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Capture, Manage and Deliver Great Video Lessons Using YouTube

Why Should Teachers Use Videos In The Classroom?

In our experience of hosting Google for Education summits throughout international schools around the world, we still find a few educators who are not aware of the educational benefits of using YouTube or videos in general.

Videos prove to be great tools in the classroom, especially to help introduce new topics and concepts in a more visual and engaging manner. Through videos, we are able to illustrate complex, abstract concepts down to the smallest details through 2D or 3D animation, breaking down complexity or demonstrate lab experiments that can’t be done within the confines of a classroom.

YouTube for Education is an excellent resource providing teachers access to a broad collection of educational videos from academic lectures to inspirational speeches and everything in between. Teachers can also create their own videos or have their own YouTube channel to house videos for both class discussion and announcements.

One great example of using YouTube for education is this channel from AppsEvents team member Ben Rouse - a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer from the UK - where he features Mathematics instructional videos. The videos are made with Mr. Rouse's students in mind but they have proved very useful for a number of people outside of the classroom too.

Aside from supplementing lessons, there are far more reasons and benefits as to why teachers should use videos in the classroom.

For second language students having difficulty keeping up with discussions, videos can be used to replay lectures at their own pace. When a student need to absent from class due to an illness, catching up will be a lot more easier with video lectures. How about meeting new people from all around the world to hear about different cultures through live video conferencing? This not only makes class more fun and engaging, but also a great opportunity for them to gain new friends and new perspective.

Current Landscape Of YouTube

There are just so many amazing things you can do with videos and with Google’s very own video hosting service freely available for all with no usage caps, there is no stopping schools in integrating videos in their curriculum. YouTube is very simple to use, compatible with almost any device and a great number of students are already using it.

Why YouTube Falls short in Schools

While YouTube is indeed a great service, there are certain aspects of education that it falls short. The website is cluttered with irrelevant ads and unrelated video recommendations that only distracts students not to mention spam and flame wars abundant in the comments section.

There is no centralized portal to collect, organize, search, and discover teaching videos only. Searching for a topic in YouTube yields results of all videos, not just your own content. These mixed results can distract students.

YouTube does not provide a seamless way to get the videos in a learning platform/course for students and currently, there is no Chrome App that can capture and publish seamlessly to the LMS.

Here’s a Solution Schools Might Consider

Cattura Video’s Learning Engine offers great solution for a complete centralized, organized, highly indexed video management platform that’s plugged directly into your schools existing content or learning management platform and courses, making it seamless. The experience strips out unnecessary adverts, unrelated video suggestions, comments, and other features, creating a distraction-free student “YouTube” experience.

The Learning Engine is integrated with easy to use tools to create a new screencast or webcam video recording, upload existing videos, and smoothly curate existing open content from YouTube creative commons such as TedX, National Geographic, etc. Adding videos to your LMS course and sharing them with students has never been this simple.

With smart search implemented across the entire video gallery and additional video metadata, students can perform deep media searches from the entire course library and individual video chapters, files, or closed captions to quickly find important parts of the video.

These are just some of the amazing features of Cattura Learning Engine. If you want to learn more about what else you can get from this particular service, check out this webinar recording or visit this link. It’s good to know that Cattura also offer schools a 30-day free trial so you’ll have plenty of time to test the features.
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Split Names Add On for Google Sheets

I created this quick how to after I stumbled upon it searching for the function.  I know many of you would say... duh, the function is a no~brainer but I seem to have trouble with recall of these things if I don't use them often enough.  This is an excellent add~on for Google Sheets if you need to split the text in columns (especially first name, last name) but not often enough to remember the function. :)

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