Showing posts from October, 2017

#GSuiteHack : Interactive Google Drawing

This week's featured #GSuiteHack is from AppsEvents presenter Adam Llevo a.k.a.@MrAdamPE on Twitter.

One of the ways you can use Google Drawings in your lessons is through making a drag-and-drop labeling activity! You could create the template, share the template with your students, and they then share back the completed homework when they have finished for you to check. Below are some examples:

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AppsEvents is a Google For Education Professional Development Partner which works with a global group of passionate educators to organise worldwide summits and bootcamps featuring Google for Education.

By delivering these high energy events, where G Suite and Chromebook experts run multiple sessions across one or two days, AppsEvents provides outstanding professional development for cloud focussed educators.

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#GIESummit is now #GooglePD

By +Dan Taylor
When AppsEvents began in 2011 'Google for Education' was 'Google in Education' and 'G Suite' was 'Google Apps' ....a lot has changed! AppsEvents has also changed: Initially we focussed only on Google Summits, but now we offer a range of customized 'Professional Development' (PD) with one constant mission: We focus 100% on Google and 100% on schools.

With this in mind we started our quest for a new Hashtag. We came up with #GooglePDwhile in Hong Kong last month for our annual summit. AppsEvents team members Dan Taylor and Dean Stokes were on a long taxi ride and brainstorming every possible hashtag, which eventually led to #GooglePD. It's simple, reflects our mission and is a good transition to our next phase as we grow AppsEvents for the future.

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Design Thinking in Schools | Part Three - G Suite for Edu

By +Ben Rouse

Gmail was created by a Google engineer in their 20% time, back in 2004. Googlers get time to pursue projects outside of their main role and this engineer wanted to tackle spam, a significant problem for email users in the beginning of this millennium. The project was to create an email that would block most spam, the technology was utilised to solve a problem. It so happens this internal project became a tools with over 1 billion users. Wonder if they got a bonus?

All good technology integrations in schools don’t begin by talking about the tools. The same is true in this blog series, only once we have given time to empathise with the situation, define it and seek to develop ideas around this can the tools come into their own.

Embedding G Suite for Education in learning involves looking for barriers to modern learning taking place in schools and seeking to move beyond them. This was the case for me. I offered tool specific training in my school but the turnout was low, d…

#GSuiteHack : Create Better Slides with Explore

Need help in polishing the design of your presentation? Use the Explore feature in Slides.

Explore generates attractive layout suggestions for you based on the content of your presentation. It's like having your own designer!

You can also use Explore to search information from the web or content from Google Drive.To start using Explore, locate the Explore tool icon in the bottom right corner when using Slides for the web. Learn more about the Explore tool here.

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#GSuiteHack : View all Slides in One Click!

In Google Sheets, you can now view all your slides at once as thumbnails! Simply click Viewfrom the Slides menu and then select Grid view.

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Design Thinking in Schools | Part Two - Ideation

How might we increase exam results for learners?
Why do exam results matter?
Because employers use exam results to pick who they interview
Why do employers use exam results?
Erm… because that is the information they have about students who apply
Why do they only have exam results
They also have a CV but that doesn’t differentiate the students enough
Why does a CV not differentiate a student enough
Because schools are measured on exam results and this is the focus…

How might we use the exam content to engage the learners in a wider variety of skills?

In Part 1 of Design Thinking and Learning in Schools we looked at the design process in schools and how design thinking schools can change the way they understand the problems they need to solve and innovate solutions to these problems.

Two of the tools design thinking schools might use are How might we (HMW) statements and the 5 Why’s activity to drill down into a problem to find the real problem worth solving. If you haven’t had a chance…

Free CPD at the RM Seminars – Autumn 2017 – Book your free place now!

Please join us 2nd – 29th November at 11 locations across the UK.

The RM Seminars are back for autumn 2017. We are really excited to bring you a range of CPD accredited sessions with topics providing inspiration for using technology in your school, ensuring your students safety online, plus tons of technical advice. Full details regarding topics and the agenda for the day can be found at

We’ve got a great line up of speakers including Google Certified Educators, Online Safety experts and our very own RM experts. Places are FREE but limited, so what are you waiting for?! Book your place today at!

The Best Chromebooks of 2017 reviewed and compared

At first glance, Chromebooks are a breed of laptops designed to be easy and safe to use, compact and affordable. However, Chromebooks are not the ideal pick for everyone. There are quite a few things Chromebooks cannot handle but as long as you understand their limits, there’s a fair chance you’ll get along well with a Chromebook.

For those looking to get a Chrome OS device, here's a great article from with a handy comparison table on the best Chromebooks of the moment including several models from our Global Summit Partner Acer.

Design Thinking in Education | Part One - Empathy

By +Ben Rouse

Have a walk around school and take a moment to ask why?

Why do we teach these subjects?
Why are the timings of lessons structured in this way?
Why are classrooms set out like that?
Why do the children behave so well for that teacher?
Why did we purchase those books?
Why doesn’t the librarian sit in lessons?
Why aren’t those children excited?
Why does that teacher look tired?
Why is that class having so much fun?
Why do we have a teacher desk?
Why is no one in the staff room?
Why are all the IT support male?
Why do we want to use digital technology for learning?

How much of the school environment is designed to support learning? Does it work? Who does it work for?

The golden circle taken from Simon Sinek's book "Start with Why". Check out what he has to say here

Let me give you an example:

A school delivers assemblies in a hall, designed in early 20th century, via a projector hanging from the ceiling that displays o…