DoCo Schools Hosts Google For Education Summit with Apps Events

Using Google for Education is changing the way the Dougherty County School System reaches students. Learn how the system provided intensive support during its 3-day Google Summit and Bootcamp, here.

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G Suite Exploration Day for Scottish Educators and other Updates


Announcements
G Suite Exploration Day for Scottish Educators

Google for Education's free tools for educators and learners now also available throughGlow (central single sign on portal created by our partners RM). Learn how to share, collaborate and get creative with these online tools that are easy to use, accessible anywhere. Explore how these tools can support the four key capacities of the curriculum for excellence. From Primary to Senior Phase, G Suite has tools you can put into place with your learners tomorrow. 

As part of the attendance fee, attendees will receive a voucher codes to take the Google for Educator Level 1 Exam for free and access to resources to support them in achieving this certification.
Keynote Speakers confirmed for Chiang Mai!

We hope you can join us this February 2, 3 and 4 for the Northern Thailand Google for Education Summit hosted by Prem International School. Our special guest presenters Craig Kemp (mrkempnz.co), Sethi De Clerq (eduflip.net), and Lee Webster (Solve X in Tech) will be showcasing the latest G Suite Education uses from around the globe together with a host of other talented trainers.
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Our Google for Education Predictions for 2018


To kick off 2018 I thought it would be fun to share 10 quick quick predictions (with input from other AppsEvents team members Allison Mollica, Ben Rouse, Dean Stokes, Sarah Woods and John Mikton) on the trends and announcements we think could be coming in the ‘Google for Education’ world through 2018. We’d love to hear what you think too so please comment below with your thoughts. So here we go….
  1. Google Education Certifications to be revamped again and more certifications to come such as for students and more general ‘G Suite user’ certifications
  2. Classroom to become more of a full LMS/VLE, with many more third party developers releasing Classroom add-ons that start to make it a fully featured LMS
  3. Jamboard gets integrated with Google Classroom
  4. Google use continues to grow in ‘International Schools’ but at a steady rate
  5. Chromebook EDU sales hit huge growth in the UK and Scandinavia and also Chromebooks finally start to take off in Enterprise (businesses) - Used by remote workers such as field sales teams initially
  6. Moving towards a new unified operating system to replace Android and Chrome
  7. Google Sites gets a further refresh, including page level permissions.
  8. VR continues to grow with Cardboard and Expeditions, but we think 2018 will be the breakout year for AR (Augmented Reality) in education with the release of Expeditions AR
  9. We think Google and third party vendors will release more practical, AR ‘glasses’ for everyday use
  10. GDPR (General data Protection Regulation) will have a huge impact on schools in Europe and the way they work with Apps and third party entities.
Please leave your comments below and let’s check in at the end of 2018 to see how we did!

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Digital Portfolios with Google Sites

Editor's Note: Planning to use Google Sites for your student's digital portfolio? TS Bray, Director of EdTech at Cheongna Dalton School, shares with us his process. 

During the AppsEvents Summit at Chadwick International School back in December, I delivered a session on using Google Sites for Student Portfolios. I gave a walk through of the process we used at Cheongna Dalton School to build portfolios with our students. The teachers were very thankful and interested in the step-by-step process of creating a portfolio.

The content of the presentation is something you can read from the Slides above, so I will get into the discussions from the session that was more interesting for the teachers. The most commonly asked question was how to get students to create a portfolio when templates don't really exist in Google Sites. At CDS we dealt with this by building a portfolio with the students. For example, I created my Google Site going step-by-step to show the G2-G5 students exactly what they needed to do. We started by simply going to Google Sites and using the + button to make a new Site.

The next step was to properly name the Site and give it an address by publishing it. Our student Sites are published only for people within our domain, which gives a layer of security for our First Program students. As a school, we have agreed to continue publishing within our own domain through G6 and then Sites become public. Students are taught to consider what they are posting and to alert a faculty member or parent if anyone from outside of our school ever contacts them online. After creating our homepage, we added subpages for each Term and then subpages under each Term for each subject. Homeroom and subject teachers decide what assignments the students should share and reflect on in FP, but starting in middle school, student select their own assignments to share and reflect upon.

After Term 1, the G3 and G4 students really needed very little support; mostly they needed a few reminders about where to find things in Google Drive. G2 continued to need some major hand holding during Term 2, but I think they are fairly comfortable at this point. The middle school students needed one 20-minute overview of Google Sites and the rest they basically did on their own with some gentle nudging from their House teachers. If you have any questions about using Google Sites for creating student portfolios, please feel free to contact me.​
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2018 : A Reflection by John Mikton of BeyondDigital.org

Waiting seagulls, Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland. 
As the first days of 2018 arrive, any reflections on last year seem to contain an uncomfortable rawness because of the events continuously populating our devices - the immediacy, brutality and complexity of a world fueled by- "FakeNews?", each one of us trying to construct a context in the "Filter Bubble" choreographed by algorithms from which we build a sense of the world we live in.

As International School educators, we straddle between the walled garden of "school" and the outside "world". The reality is that we are surrounded by constant change and ambiguity. But there is a gap between the accelerated rate of change and our capacity to adapt to it. For some, the gap is wide. For others, the gap stays the same, and for a few, the gap is narrowing. How we interpret and engage with the gap and our own capacity to keep up influences many of our feelings and emotions. These in turn fuel the perceptions, opinions and behaviors with which we express ourselves.

International Schools have to juggle the fine line between ensuring students and parents are pleased and ensuring that they feel safe, challenged and cared for. In the unique world of International Schools, a percentage of parents come from a comfortable socio- economic environment. Often times, their education is a contributing factor to their current positions. This education provided the opportunities for their successes and their economic prosperity. Living with this becomes a strong marker in what International School parents believe their children should get from an education and an International School. This pedagogic reference point in many cases 25+ years old. The world was a very very different place then. However we try as schools to innovate, change and adapt, we do this with a level of caution and reservation. At the end of the day, the invisible mandate between parents and international schools, is "provide my child with stability, continuity, what I remember from my school days and more certainty then I have in my life today".

As educators, we fall into a similar narrative. We have a desire for of stability, continuity, and more certainty than in the outside world we interact with. We do innovate and change in our schools, but the presence of the invisible mandate between our parents and schools influences the level by which we break the status quo.

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Today the level of stability, continuity, and certainty that we were once used to has eroded. Uncertainty, ambiguity and volatility are an unavoidable part of the day. The complexity of this change permeates into everyone's lives, and often not by choice.

2018, is an opportunity to embrace the world's uncertainty, ambiguity and volatility, not as something eroding our past and challenging our present, but as an opportunity to re-frame the possibilities in front of us as a unique and rich learning journey. We have a responsibility to take this on in our roles as mentors, facilitators and educators. We bring a wisdom, resilience and care that has served us well and can continue to serve us today. Many of our students will one day be International School parents or educators who look back at their education as a point of reference for their own success. The measures will be different. We live in a world where uncertainty, ambiguity and volatility are part of our lives. We should not depend on reference points from our past to give us stability, continuity and certainty. The gap for many will still get bigger and more uncomfortable. But hopefully, in 2018, we can work to bridge that gap as well.

John @beyonddigital.org
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What’s up for 2018?


2017 brought a lot of big wins for AppsEvents. February last year, we successfully run our first NexTech Innovation Summit, a new kind of event designed for International School Educators. Aside from organizing new Google summits, we also did a couple of FREE seminars in sponsored by Google, RM Education, and Acer.

We welcomed more Google Certified Educators worldwide by offering more in-person Level 1 & Level 2 bootcamps as well as a new team member.

We also renewed our global partnership with Acer (more Chromebooks to give away!), launched a YouTube show, and finally found the perfect hashtag for our community!

So what’s next for AppsEvents this 2018? Here’s what our directors have to say...
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December 2017 G Suite Updates


Google released a couple of updates for G Suite last month. Here is our digest of some key updates and recommendations you might find helpful.

Embed HTML and JavaScript in the new Google Sites

Embedding of custom HTML and Javascript codes is now supported in the new Google Sites.

This means that aside from iframes, you can also add third-party widgets to your website, such as your Twitter profile or stream or an online quiz for your students!

To start adding custom codes, select Embed from the Insert menu and choose Embed Code.



New templates in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides perfect for Entrepreneurship Classroom Activities

For teachers planning to integrate creating of business documents as a learning activity (e.g. project management), Google added four new categories in the Templates Gallery developed together with experts.

1. Project Management in Sheets, in partnership with Smartsheet
2. Sales in Docs, in partnership with PandaDoc
3. Human Resources (HR) in Docs, in partnership with Zenefits
4. Freelancer Engagement in Docs, in partnership with Upwork

What better way to prepare our students for the real world than giving them access to real world examples!

Improved menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides

Please take note of the following changes in the web version of Google Docs and Slides:
  • In Docs and Slides, “Lists” in the Format menu has been renamed “Bullets and numbering.”
  • In Docs and Slides, “Show spelling suggestions” has been renamed “Spelling” and moved from the View menu to the Tools menu.
  • In Docs, “Document outline” has been renamed “Show document outline” and moved from the Tools menu to the View menu.
  • In Slides, “Import slides” has been removed from the Insert menu.


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.

Join a #GooglePD near you! Visit appsevents.com today.
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Get certified and learn about the greatest educational tools from Google!



If you have been using G Suite tools and want to move your use to the next level and become certified too then check out our upcoming Google Certification Bootcamps!

Get Certified

Want to learn new skills and prove your proficiency? The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Bootcamp prepares you to take Google's exam by providing pedagogically sound ideas for the use of G Suite in the classroom. You'll leave with new ideas for using tools across the suite including Google Classroom, Forms, Docs, Sheets, YouTube and more!

Reach the Next Level

Achieved Google Certified Educator Level 1 and want to take things up a notch? Attend the AppsEvents Google Certified Educator Level 2 Bootcamp to learn how to take your G Suite usage beyond the core apps. You'll get experience with add-ons and extensions as well as expanding your knowledge of YouTube, Blogger and more.

Based on numerous successful engagements running the certification course with schools and colleges worldwide, we have developed what we feel is the optimum process to help get candidates through the certification process quickly and successfully.

Many that attend our Certification Bootcamps quickly become Google Certified Educators and are qualified to become Certified Trainers and/or Innovators. But aside from helping you pass the certification exams, attending an AppsEvents Certification Bootcamp also gives you practical tips and tricks to help you get more from G Suite and other Google tools!

We asked some of our bootcamp attendees about what are other key benefits they got after attending one of our pre-certification training and here are some of our favorites:


"Learning more information than I would off doing it at home. Also others [attendees] asking questions that I did not think off. This allows for valuable input from others as well as some discussion." - B. Bennett, South NL Bootcamp

“Having the time away from my normal job to focus on using Google to improve my teaching with an expert to guide me through it.” - V. Snowball, Sheffield Bootcamp

“Lot's of new useful information, which can be (and will be!) used in both professional and personal life.” - V. Jakšienė, Lithuania Bootcamp

“To have all the apps covered in a concentrated manner. I have been using some of the apps since Sept. 2016 when our school became GAFE school, so on the one hand I was feeling comfortable during the intensive course, on the other hand I was very happy with my own discoveries - "oh, I didn't know that was possible" as well as with getting quick answers to the questions that me (as current user) had.” - J. Skupiene, Lithuania Bootcamp

“It challenged me to learn need to tools to become an educational leader in technology“ - J. Edwards, Arkansas Bootcamp

Vouchers will be given so you can take the exam for FREE immediately after the training while the lessons are still fresh in your mind. Results are delivered on the same day and you’ll even get your Google Educator metal pin badge as well as a digital certificate!

Exams are taken independently after the Bootcamp.

To ensure the quality of the training, please note that we are limiting the number of registrations per bootcamp.

Graduate Credit is also offered through the College of St. Joseph for only $150 per credit! Learn more here!

Ready to be certified? Visit https://appsevents.com/ and register for a bootcamp near you!


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