'AppsEvents Certified Admin' Courses included in ALL our fall summits

 All the AppsEvents team have been a core believers in the 'democratization of IT in schools' and leveraging cloud tools like Google Apps to get classroom teachers involved in some tasks traditionally only performed by IT departments. This led us to roll out our 'AppsEvents Certified Admin program' a structured course over two levels taking people from 'complete beginner' through to performing advanced admin tasks.....and not just administering Google Apps but also related cloud tools. Attendees so far have been both teachers and school IT staff in equal numbers.

We are delighted to be offering attendees at ALL our fall events complimentary access to the complete program as part of registration. We will be running the courses 'in person' at most events, but attendees can also choose to take the course fully online in their own time after the event.

For a full info sheet telling you everything about the ACA program please click here. For more information on specific events see below:

  • In Europe we will be running the in person course (both Level 1 and Level two) at our European Summit in Zurich
  • In the US we will be running the in person course (both Level 1 and Level two) at our Fresno, Seattle and Monterrey Summits
  • In Asia we will be running the in person course (both Level 1 and Level two) at our Bangkok, Singapore and Korea events

(Note at our Macau CloudCamp we will run Level 1 'in person' and attendees will receive online access to Level 2. At our LondonPortugal, Derry and Groton Cloud Camps we will not run the courses in person but all attendees will receive complementary access to the online courses)

+James Sayer +Allison Mollica +Lee Webster +Sarah Woods +John M. Mikton +Shaun Johnson +Debbie Miller +Rowland Baker +Danny Green +Dan Leighton +Ben Rouse +Nathan Kellogg +Jennifer Scheffer +Rachel Small +Aaron Tyo-Dickerson +Owen Chapman +Owen H Chapman +Alison Niizawa +Dutch Tessier
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It’s More Than Your Chromebook Rollout Plan, It’s Change Management

Are you doing it right?
by +Jack West, Hapara Senior Research Analyst

School is starting in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in the U.S., we say, “August is the new September,” as many school districts are deciding to begin school earlier and end earlier to log in more instructional hours before the April/May standardized testing season.

Many school districts rolled out Chromebooks last year, and even more are doing so this year. Last fall, sales of Chromebooks eclipsed those of iPads in education. The cloud management, low cost, and cloud connection to Google’s suite of free productivity software make Chromebooks an ideal solution for education systems that would like to put computing devices in learner hands. A recent Gartner Research analysis states that 85% of all Chromebook sales are in education.

If you count yourself among the throngs deploying Chromebooks or if you are just curious about how to do so successfully, here are some tips from the experts.

Donna Teuber
Technology Integration Team Leader
Richland 2 School District, South Carolina
23,000 Students

Three things to do:
  • Give teachers their Chromebooks at least 3 months before giving students a device so that they have time to explore resources and feel comfortable with the features that are different from a traditional laptop.
  • Provide teachers with ongoing professional learning experiences in small collaborative groups to allow them time to develop lessons and activities which are a fit for content and pedagogy (TPACK).
  • Use a train the trainer approach and provide school technology coaches and mentors with coaching training.

Three things not to do:
  • Don't roll out devices on a large scale before making sure that your infrastructure is able to accommodate the devices (access points, bandwidth, and filtering). Be sure to try out devices in a smaller pilot to see if they'll be a good fit.
  • Don't put the cart before the horse and focus on devices before deciding about your goals for the use of technology.
  • Don't make decisions in silos. Involve all stakeholders to get buy in before moving forward.

Anthony Speranza
ICT Teaching and Learning Leader
St. Mark’s Primary School
Victoria, Australia

Three things to do:
  • Do Investigate and explore the vast opportunities of the web. So much can be achieved straight through the Chrome browser (make music with Soundtrap, edit photos using Pixlr, make screencasts using Screencastify, etc.)
  • Do Educate staff, students, and parents about the slight differences from conventional hardware, for example the keyboard layout and shortcuts, the trackpad and the use of a two-finger tap for right-click, and setting up Cloud printing.
Two things not to do:
  • Don't forget to invest in the most important asset, the teachers, and their capacity to leverage the technology in their day to day teaching. 
  • Don’t think that substitution, technology for technology sake, or replacing traditional practices and tools with technology is enough. Giving students a Chromebook to replace mundane pen and paper tasks is like giving them chocolate coated broccoli.
My own review of Chromebook rollout blog posts from 2014 brings me to the same conclusions as my friends above. Student device rollouts, and Chromebooks in particular, represent significant institutional change. You must ensure the technological success with a strong internet backbone, ample wireless access points (enhanced by use of VLANS and web caching, incidentally), and a suitable replacement program. Equally important is the human change management, and this takes much more time.
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Reflections on the AppsEvents Google for Education New Hampshire Summit at Pinkerton Academy

Having returned last week from an amazing time at the New Hampshire Summit in Pinkerton Academy I'm finally getting round to put down a few thoughts on the blog about the event.

I was there a day early and and got to meet Jenn Lowton and the tech team in person and got a tour of the Pinkerton campus which is more like a University than a school. Also got to meet he tech team. A highlight for me was to see a working Apple IIc in the tech department!

Tuesday was Allison Mollica delivering the all new Google Educator bootcamp to a packed room at the Astros Cafe. Google has recently revamped the entire training curriculum and certifications and the new course reflects this with a high energy day that puts attendees on the pathway to certification.

Jenn Sheffer got things off to an amazing start on day 1 with her talk 'How do we reach todays learners'  and Ben Rouse followed up on day two with his keynote on constant change in education

I wish I could give an insight into the many sessions but I was delivering training the whole time but you can see how amazing they were by checking out part 1 and part 2 on Storify. you can see links to many of the presentations by clicking through to the links on the schedule then 'Link to the presentation'

Demo slams were fun as always and this summer we had two amazing Samsung table prizes in our 'Twitter raffle'

Which brings me on to my main function at the summit, delivering the AppsEvents Certified Admin Level 1 and 2 sessions. This was a lot of fun and it was great having a full classroom both days. We spent the mornings  covering the course material and the afternoons doing the certification exercises. It was great to see so many people come back on day 2 for the advanced course to get into third party admin tools and best practices for schools.

Also great was to see so many teachers getting into Google Apps administration. We are really helping to drive this movement of the 'democratization' of IT in schools and getting more teachers involved.

Finally we couldn't have run the event without the awesome student helpers and tech team at Pinkerton academy so thanks again guys!

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