New Google Slides Features

Google Slides have been updated with a lot of neat time-saving features. Keep is now integrated within Slides so you can easily drag-and-drop your notes, lists, or photos from Keep to your presentation! A new add-on system for integrating services such as Adobe and Shutterstock images is also introduced so you can build more powerful Slides.

AppsEvents USA Director Allison Mollica created a series of videos demonstrating these new features. Check them out on Allison’s YouTube channel.

You can also see Google’s original announcement here.
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Adding and creating an animated header in Google Classroom

by +Sethi De Clercq

If you are are a regular reader of my blogs on or follow my tutorials on YouTube, you know I enjoy trying new and different things. Having been to quite a few summits, schools and classrooms, I can say I have seen a fair share of Google Classroom courses in action and continue to find Classroom one of THE most powerful, education oriented tools available in G Suite.

So me, being me I looked for things I could do that you probably didn't know about or didn't use. Which brings me to the topic of this post: Give your Google Classroom that modern look you've always wanted. With an animation in the header that's possible today!

That's right. You too can add cool animations to the header of any classroom. Watch the video below or read this BlogPost to find out just how that's done.

The second half in the post and video will show you how you can create your very own animations to be added to your Google classroom in Camtasia 9.

Let's start by looking at how we can create such an animation for our classroom by reusing animations already pre-created and available freely online.

Start off by doing a simple Google search for GIF files. Make sure that you define the images you're looking for by selecting the appropriate usage license and file type.

You can do this by simply clicking on Tools and then you select which usage license you would like to use or search for.

Once you have located that perfect file that you think would look great, in the header of your classroom, go ahead and right click on the image to download.

Now All That's left is for us to do, is open up Google classroom and add this image to our header. You can do this by navigating to the Header in classroom and clicking on the 'upload photo' option. This will allow you to upload an image and is where we will select our previously downloaded GIF file.

Once uploaded you will be asked to crop The image and select The Area You Want displayed on your header.

And that's all there is to it. You can now enjoy your mother and looking Google classroom and your students will love the new feel and look of this header.

Now if you are like me and you like a more advanced or unique-looking Header, you will be looking into creating your very own GIF file.

Now this is easily done within any video editing software and for the sake of this demonstration I will have been using Camtasia 9. You can find the full walkthrough on how to do this in the video below!

What's important to remember here are the editing Dimensions.You can create a static image in Google drawings by using these same dimensions.

The dimensions needed for a header in a Google classroom or 600 pixels wide by 200 pixels high, this can go up to 300 pixels if you choose to. However, when using slightly larger images you will be asked to crop the image after uploading.

Another thing to take into consideration is that your Course title will be placed in the middle of the image. So when designing the header, it is important to think about these fixed elements.

As always, I challenge you to pushing the boundaries of what is possible and would love to see and read about your animated headers, or about the any other things YOU are doing to push the boundaries of Google Classroom!

Editor's Note : This article first appeared at and republished with permission from the author.

About the Author : Sethi De Clercq

Having been a teacher for more than 10 years and a certified trainer since December 2015. I have led professional development at numerous schools and have spearheaded the transition of my school to the cloud. In addition to this I maintain a YouTube channel called ‘Flipped Classroom Tutorials’ ( and blog under the name ‘’ with over 100k Monthly visitors and run workshops for both Independent EdTech conferences and AppsEvents. Education is constantly changing and new technologies emerge. I strongly believe it is our task as Educators to carefully evaluate each tool for its value and impact on students learning!
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General Data Protection Regulations

by +Louise Jones 

Coming soon to a cinema near you...

Actually, coming very soon to your organisation! The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will 'go live' on the 25th May 2018. So what are the implications for education? In this post we provide some helpful information on what it actually means to your school, your learners and how to prepare for it. We also start to consider how data rights could be integrated into learning opportunities.

A little bit of background
In 2016 the European Commission agreed that the UK Data Protection Act enshrined in legislation back in 1998 was considerably out of date. It is actually a testament to the DPA writers that it is still used and largely remains in context, the 8 Data Protection Principles underpin all our privacy checks. But times have and are a changin'. The new GDPR has these changes covered and simply aims to protect us all.

What are the key changes?
All organisations in the EU are covered by the GDPR, and even when/if the UK leaves the EU the legislation will still be in place. The standout headline for education is the absolute need to ensure that children and young people understand how, why and what data of heirs is held. As you would expect, any legislation of such importance also has proportionate penalties. There are fines for noncompliance and the severity of the fines is one big difference in the GDPR from the DPA, the GDPR certainly has teeth.

What else do schools need to do?
There are broad key areas schools are required to demonstrate they have taken action in, simplified as below:
  • Awareness, Accountability and Governance. How is Data Privacy part of your school's digital culture? Have you got checks, guidance in place and is everyone aware?
  • Knowledge of all the information you hold, do you have this for all your data?
  • Documentation of all the Data Processes you have in place and have the required Data Protection Impact Assessments have been carried out?
  • Who is responsible? Who are your Data Protection Officers and Leads?
  • Lawful processing, you are only processing data you really need to.
  • Communicating rights (aforementioned agreements and consents).
  • Individual's access to their own data.
  • How do you manage and report data breaches?
  • If you are a school outside of the UK, how do you manage international transfer of data?
The ICO website has really helpful self-assessment questions with further information, links to it at the bottom of this blog post.

If you haven't already, put this on the agenda at your next Senior Management Team Meeting and start to gather information in the areas above. May 2018 is not far away!

Learners at the Heart of your Digital Learning Strategy

It's time to review your Acceptable Use Policies, gone are the days of corporate style AUPs only there to protect the organisation's IT equipment. Why not include rights / data privacy information in your Safe and Responsible Use of Technology Agreements? This presents a well rounded view with learner’s rights at the heart of your approach and a big step forward in your compliance to GDPR. As always, it is preferable to co-create these with your learners in a context and language that is appropriate to them.

Google Education and GDPR

If you are a school using G Suite Education, you will be comforted to know that Google Education has you covered for the use of Google Services and compliance for data processing. Your G Suite Education Administration Console provides links to required certificates for compliance, easy to save to your drive and attach to an overarching GDPR document for your school.

Google Takeout also is a great example to show how learners can take their own content with them when they leave. We've highlighted this in an earlier Appsevents blog post here.

However, it is still very much down to you as an organisation to show you have considered all aspects of the GDPR, but if you make a start now you will be well and truly ready when May comes around.

Louise Jones
Google Certified Trainer, Admin and Educator

Further Reading and Important Links

Google Education Information on G Suite and GDPR
Google Education Trust and Privacy Center
ICO Info for Organisations
ICO Info on reporting a Data Breach Incident
ICO GDPR Self-Assessment Checklist for Education
ICO Quick Ref Guide Personal and Sensitive Data Definition
ICO Lesson Plans for Data Privacy
AppsEvents: Best Practices on Terminating Student Accounts
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AppsEvents 2017 Survey of Technolgy & G Suite in Schools

We are delighted to announce our second annual survey of ‘Google use in International Schools’. Please click here for the 2017 Survey and you can see the 2016 survey results here.

Our survey showed increasing use of Google tools across the board. In particular we saw an increased use of Chromebooks with 64% of schools now using Chromebooks, up from 48% in 2016. Use of the Chrome browser remained constant (virtually all schools were using it anyway) and 55% of respondents are provisioning Chrome extensions across the school.

Google Classroom continued to grow in use with a massive 87% of respondents using is in 2017, compared to 74% in 2016. Also Google Classroom has replaced Moodle as the most popular LMS/VLE. Many respondents are looking for more integration of Classroom with popular LMS/SIS systems to expand it’s use.

For the first time we included Google Cardboard and Expeditions use in the survey and 28% of respondents are making use of these. It will be interesting to see how this grows in 2018.

The release of the revamped ‘Certified Educator’ certification program led to many more schools having staff members holding Google Certifications in 2017 with a huge 63% of schools having at least one certified staff member.

Schools moved an increasing amount of their work to the cloud in 2017 but interestingly the percentage of schools currently planning a complete move to the cloud for all their systems has remained constant at around 48% of respondents.

To share the Infographic results on Twitter just click here.
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Applications for the Google EDU pilot schools program now open

The Google for Education team is now in the process of selecting schools to test out new features and tools for various products such such as Google Docs, Google Classroom, Google Expeditions, and many more! Submit your application through

Please note that completing this form does not automatically guarantee that your school will be selected for piloting.
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#GIESummit highlights...

Even after a summit or bootcamp has long ended, the ‘learning, connecting and sharing’ never stops! Here’s another great recap blog post from AppsEvents presenter Caitlin Bennett highlighting her takeaways from the Maine Google Summit. Make sure to leave her a comment if you found something useful or share to your social media circles.

#LearnConnectShare. This is the community spirit we want everyone involved in AppsEvents PD to embody from the main organizing team, presenters, partner schools and EdTech companies, to attendees, and even online followers.

We always love hearing from you. If you have attended any AppsEvents summit, cloud camp, or bootcamp, tell us about your favorite takeaway, or the cool projects you have worked on with your students and colleagues. We love hearing about the improvements in your organization that transpired and the ongoing friendships and collaborations that have developed from the people you met.

You can email a link to an article you have written to, tweet with #GIESummit, or post to our Google+ community to interact with educators across around the world... You can become a guest blogger too!
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