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By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent

DERRY — Educators and participants from throughout the region and world turned out recently for the two-day New Hampshire Google Summit held at Pinkerton Academy.

The Google education summit focused on helping educators, administrators and school technology professionals learn more about the Google Apps for Education program in both the K-12 and higher education environments, said Jennifer Lowton, Pinkerton’s digital learning and education coordinator.

“It was amazing,” Lowton said of the event held last week. “Some of the world’s leading Google education experts taught about digital tools on a global scale.”

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AppsEvents Team Member Invited to the White House

We are delighted that one of our core team members, Rowland Baker, was invited to speak at the White House last month for his work on Future Ready Schools Coalition together with another representative from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Jason Borgen, who also happens to be one of our session presenters for past AppsEvents summits.


Rowland Baker, a long time educator in Santa Cruz County, is the Executive Director of the TICAL Project, which trains school and district leaders statewide in innovate practices, is housed at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Both he and Jason Borgen, Program Director for the TICAL Project presented on their recent and successful Online Leadership Summit. The meeting was lead by Roberto Rodriguez, President Obama’s White House Deputy Assistant for Education and was facilitated by the Department of Education’s Technology trifecta of Richard Culatta, Katrina Stevens and Joseph South. Read more.
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Cattura CaptureCast: Great Screencast Tool for Education Videos

Have you ever considered creating your own videos or having your own YouTube channel? For educators looking for a simple screencasting tool to record tutorials, demos and presentations, Cattura’s CaptureCast Chrome App is what we use at AppsEvents.

CaptureCast is a free screen and webcam recorder that lets you seamlessly upload to YouTube, Vimeo Pro, or your Learning Management System. We’ve run a quick test and so far it’s our tool of choice at AppsEvents. Here are our reasons why:

Quick installation, simple and easy to use interface

CaptureCast works just like any other Chrome plugin. Simply install it from the Webstore and then click the icon from the upper right corner of Chrome where the icons are located.


On first launch, you will be asked to grant hardware access to CaptureCast then after that, you can easily enable/disable webcam, audio, and desktop access to the plugin. For example, if you only need to record your screen and you don’t need audio or webcam, set both audio and webcam icons to off. You can also overlay your webcam and desktop effortlessly!


To start recording, simply click the green “Record” button. You also have the option to “Pause” a recording in case you need to take a break, grab a drink or answer an urgent phone call.


Platform independent

CaptureCast works for all major computer operating systems: Windows, Mac, Linux, and even Chromebooks.

Essential screen cast features are in check


Unlike most desktop screencasting software we’ve used, CaptureCast has several capture options. You can choose to record your entire screen (which is perfect if you want to screen cast a tutorial that involves different applications) or you can choose to screen capture a specific application/window only.


Manage your videos within Chrome

You can playback a recorded video within Chrome at the same time, download, or upload it to either YouTube or Vimeo without having to close your currently opened website.


If you want even more integration and want to share your videos with students directly into your school LMS (e.g. Canvas, BlackBoard, Moodle, Schoology and others), you need to install the Learning Engine Video platform (and of course have a Google Apps account). You can get in touch with a Cattura account specialist to set up a free extended trial with your LMS. Learn more at https://catturavideo.com/learning-engine-overview.

No time limit or feature restriction

CaptureCast Capture is a completely free extension, and has NO time limits or feature restrictions.

Want to try Cattura CaptureCast for yourself? Get the Chrome extension through this link.

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AppsEvents announce new one day Certification courses for Google for Education

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To follow up from the Google announcement last week about their new Education Certifications we are delighted to be rolling out four brand new 1 day certification courses to schools worldwide starting from 1 July.

A feedback we have often heard from attendees at our trainings is that attendees would like to come to learn and share, but also leave with a certification to have something concrete to show for the day. Combining the two is the goal of our new flagship courses.

The fact that you complete a certification exercise during the day doesn't make the day any less fun, in fact often people find this the most fun part of the day! We focus on group exercises, quizzes and challenges throughout the day to keep things high energy and maximise the learning. Like with all AppsEvents events we hold a networking party directly after the day with a free drinks party for all attendees.

We have four courses to choose from; two from Google and two from AppsEvents and with all of them you will finish the day fully certified with your electronic and lapel badges and certificate.

For educators the new 'Certified Educator' courses are truly transformative in helping you incorporate Google tools in your teaching. The previous certification focussed mainly on using the tools, whereas the new syllabus focuses on the practical application of the tools in the classroom. We will walk you through exercises covering actual class tasks linking together Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Sites and Calendar, YouTube and even more....

For school IT staff and management the ACA level 1 and 2 'certs' take you through Google Apps Administration starting from scratch with our structured program.  It's important to note that these courses are also great for educators looking to get into administration, and more than half of our certified ACA's are classroom teachers.

All the courses you can also take completely online in your own time and for more information on the Google courses click here for info for the AppsEvents courses click here

In addition we are running these courses at most of our upcoming Global Summits. Our plan now is to have the two 'level one' courses' held as parallel 'pre-summit' days, and the two 'level 2' courses as a 'summit strand on the first day of the summit..Please note that for all these certifications you need to have passed the Level 1 in order to take the level 2. If you have any questions as to if a summit you are attending has these courses please email guen@appsevents.com

All courses are lead by our world class team of trainers, all of whom are practicing educators with a history of excellence and innovation in the classroom, including: +Rowland Baker  (West Coast), +Allison Mollica  (East Coast and Central) +James Sayer +Lee Webster +Davis Apas +Richard Poth +Stuart Lowe +Danny Green +Anita Chen  (Asia), +Sarah Woods +Ben Rouse  +O Trussell +Dan Leighton +Aaron Tyo-Dickerson +John M. Mikton (Europe and Middle East), +Shaun Johnson (Latin America)

To discuss holding a course at your school please fill out this form and we will get straight back to you to schedule a short 'Google Hangout' to quickly discuss the options and answer any questions you have.
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Opening up the Google Classroom API. Why this will be driving Google Apps for Education adoption in 2015 and 2016

I wrote a post a year ago about what myself and the other AppsEvents team members saw as the three phases of Google Apps adoption in schools; namely Phase 1=Cost, Phase 2=Collaboration and Phase 3=Chromebooks/Common Core and I've been thinking recently about what the drive to adoption will be in 2015 and 2016.

I'm becoming increasingly convinced that Phase 4 will be Google Classroom.... but not for what Classroom is now, but for what it will become by mid 2016.

To take a step back, there were strong rumors at the BETT show earlier in the year that Google would open up the API's for Classroom (for the non techies API's are ways of connecting different applications together, and with an open API other systems can connect to Classroom and share the data held there). It was widely expected that there would be some developer info released about it last month at the Google I/O developer conference.....then finally on Monday to coincide with BETT Google made this announcement that the Google Classroom API's will be open. It's now possible to apply for a developer preview account using this form, then from the July the API will be open to all domains.

Initial criticisms of Classroom centered about it's basic functionality but I believe this was the best starting point for Google. The team looked at how teachers were creating Google Sites for their classes and made Classroom to cover the most common use cases in a simple manner that any teacher could use. They also looked at several 'Google Apps integrated' LMS systems (including CourseDirector which we were proud to be involved in developing) that set up Google Drive integration, so student coursework could be submitted automatically to Drive and shared with the teacher. They followed the 'Agile' development model of releasing a simple version of Classroom quickly then 'iterating' regularly with regular updates.

I'd classify Classroom is a 'bottom up' LMS, meaning individual teachers can use Classroom but there isn't a way to manage it across a school, and for example push out classes to teachers pre-populated with certain themes, formatting and information. I'm predicting one of the first Apps to be developed will be a school wide management solution for Classroom to do just this, and this is when the enterprise LMS vendors will start to take notice of Classroom. Expect to see integrations with many third party school management systems as well.

With the opening of the API's Google would be signaling that they want the third party developer ecosystem to drive things from here and develop tools to extend the power of Classroom. It's fantastic to see what some of the developers who had early access have come up with including rosterSync, which allows admins to sync data from any SIS with Classroom, and Alma which lets schools easily create and sync their class rosters directly to Classroom.

I know from our experience with CourseDirector that Google is inundated with 'feature' requests for functionality that schools want integrated ....everything from an integrated SIS, grade-book, plagiarism checker etc. etc.... the list is endless. I think Google signaling that they want third developers to take it from here is fantastic and it's exciting to see what will come this year and in 2016.

My colleague +James Sayer  is always looking out for the admin angle and it's important to note that Google Apps admins will be able to restrict whether teachers and students in their domain can authorize apps to access their Google Classroom data.

....now I'm off to play with the API :)
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