Showing posts from March, 2018

Summit Highlight: AppsEvents Albany Georgia Summit Featuring Google for Education

The first AppsEvents Summit held for 2018 was in January in Albany, GA. It was two days full of inspiration for me as a presenter. I always love visiting a school or district that is beginning their journey with G Suite for Education. Especially, when participants are as friendly and eager to learn as the educators from Dougherty County Schools.

I was inspired by their level of engagement and participation. Many attendees started connecting ways they could implement G Suite tools in their classrooms the following week. I absolutely love to see the wheels turning and light bulbs ignite. These are the teachers that will become the “change agents” in their school.

“The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” – Marva Collins
After presenting sessions on a couple of the basics like getting started with Google Classroom and how to get organized with Google Keep, I shared how to use Google Sites for student e-portfolios and building your teac…

Google for Education Summit hosted at Lebanon Middle School In partnership with AppsEvents & Local Sponsors

Google for Education Summit hosted at Lebanon Middle SchoolIn partnership with AppsEvents & Local Sponsors LEBANON, NH -- An educational summit featuring Google for Education will be hosted in the Upper Valley for educators in area schools on May 5, 2017 with a series of workshops throughout the day led by highly acclaimed Google Certified Trainers and Educators.

For educators wanting to earn a certification, a Google Educator Level 1 Certification Bootcamp will be offered on Friday, May 4th. This workshop agenda includes a series of engaging ‘classroom’ and ‘productivity’ activities utilizing Google tools as well as guided access to the Google Exam Center, a complimentary exam voucher, & guaranteed ‘retake’ access.

May 4, 2018 Bootcamp | Lebanon School District SAU88 20 Seminary Hill Rd., West Lebanon, NH 03784
May 5, 2018 Summit | Lebanon Middle School 3 Moulton Avenue, Lebanon, NH 03766
The goal is to help administrators, educators, specialists and assistants/paraprofess…

The first Chromebook Tab 10 is a winner

Back in January 2018, Dan Taylor and James Sayer from AppsEvents were invited to Acer headquarters to preview the new Acer Chromebook Tab 10, a tablet with Chrome OS just like the Chromebooks that are hugely popular in schools. We were not able to discuss anything before the launch but are delighted that it has been released now so we can share our thoughts.

The Tab 10 is similar in size to an iPad, with all the standard features we expect:
front/rear camerasnine hours battery2048 x 1536 displayUSB-C4 GB RAM and 32GB storageBuilt in Wacom stylus The Tab 10 has a slot for the stylus to slide into, making this tablet and stylus easy to carry around. The stylus doesn’t need charging and no battery needed. These two features will make it easier for schools to start using tablet drawing and writing functions in class. The game changer is Chrome OS. Now rather than being restricted with mobile Google apps when working on a tablet, students and teachers now have a fully working Chrome OS to m…

The most powerful GSuite App you are not using!

By +James Sayer

As a Math teacher and working with learning technologies I am a total data geek and always looking for ways to harness the data we collect in schools. Having previously worked with Fusion Tables - an analysis app able to pull data in and geotag it and produce complex heatmaps very easily - I was excited to get going with Data Studio.

Charts in Sheets have been super powered by the Explore AI to extend their functionality. But what if we could pull in data from multiple sources and compare and analyse it side by side? Thats where Data Studio comes in. Launched in 2017, Data Studio has been designed with the internet marketer in mind (it has multiple connections to website data). However, with the Google Sheets connection, anything schools record in forms or sheets can now be pulled into Data Studio. But what exactly is Data Studio?

Data Studio is a set of advanced numerical and visualisation tools to help comprehend large complex data sets….yikes!

Data Studio creates …

The Chrome Gnomes

Just what is a gnome? According to Webster’s Dictionary, a gnome is

A legendary dwarfish creature supposed to guard the earth's treasuresunderground.A small ugly person.A person regarded as having secret or sinister influence, especially in financial matters.
So what is a Chrome Gnome? 

Well, to me, Chrome Gnomes are those small, seemingly insignificant (“secret”) treasures in the Chrome web browser that are sure to make your life so much easier! It’s a click here, a click there, or extensions added to increase the productivity of the web browser experience.

There are many other neat tips and tricks when using the Chrome web browser, but for now, I will highlight information about tab management and a few of my favorite chrome extensions. One important fact: No matter what device you may be using, sign in to chrome and your installed extensions and saved bookmarks will be there! Just be sure to “link your data” when/if you are prompted when you use a different device.


School 2.0

By +Ben Rouse

The internet looks nothing like it did when it started, but schools have taken a slower approach to change!

No one involved in the early construction of a network of networks saw what we have now coming. Therefore how can we know what comes next, but indulge me in an attempt at envisaging the potential impact of modern internet capabilities on the institutions of learning? Might the ever evolving internet have the potential to finally nudge education to innovate and evolve?

“From the moment you wake up, the web is trying to anticipate your intentions. Since your routines are noted, the web is attempting to get ahead of your actions, to deliver an answer almost before you ask a question.” - 
Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

The extract from my most recent Kindle acquisition prompted me to apply this idea to my passion, education. Machine learning uses data to predict what you will want to eat, consume, purchase and more. So …