Trumann 1:1 Acer Chromebook & Google PD Initiative

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We recently conducted a series of internal Google workshops with the Administrators and Leadership Team of the Trumann School District. While we were there, they received a huge shipment of the Acer Spin 11 Chromebooks that are going to be the 1:1 device for their students.

Trumann School District is launching a ‘reboot’ with Google this summer, bringing in the new Acer Spin Chromebooks as well as the Google Educator Certification for all Administrator / Leadership and teachers at every school using AppsEvents L1/L2 combined curriculum.

We grabbed the opportunity to learn more about why they are switching to Chromebooks and we will be sharing the details with you in this two-part blog post.

For schools or districts looking into considering implementing 1:1 Chromebooks, please let us know if you have a few things you want to ask so we can share them on our next newsletter. If you are looking for customized Google training for your teachers, SIGN UP your interest here.

Trumann 1:1 Acer Chromebook & Google PD Initiative

By: Mrs. Brandie Williams (@brandiehw), Assistant Superintendent at Trumann School District

For several years, Trumann School District has made technology inclusion in the educational environment a top priority. Being a high-poverty district, with nearly 80% of students being served free/reduced lunches each day, Trumann began in 2011 with a 1:1 initiative for grades K-12 using Apple products (iPads and Macbooks). Students in grades 5-12 were allowed to take the devices home at night to ensure equity in learning (homework, projects, etc.)

With a renewed focus for the 2018-2019 school year, Trumann School District has collaboratively decided to refresh all technology with Acer Spin Chromebooks for students, purchase and implement Go Guardian on all devices, and commit to training all teachers and leaders with high quality Google training.

Trumann School District’s goal for S.Y. 2018-2019 is for all their teachers to achieve Google Level 1 certification. Administrators will achieve Google Level 2 certification.

Leading by example. Trumann leaders getting their #GooglePD on via AppsEvents Bootcamp.

New focus for school 2018-2019
  • Tightening internet safety for students.
  • Increasing and improving effective instructional practices used by teachers.
  • Use Google effectively in classrooms and in instructional leadership.
  • Propelling academic achievement.
Expected Outcomes/Benefits:
  • Go Guardian will help teachers and administrators safeguard students from inappropriate use of devices and help focus students on the planned standards-based instruction.
  • Touch Screen/Flip Screen Acer Spin Chromebooks will allow K-12 students to experience their technology in a “laptop” and a “tablet” approach, allowing for choice and full engagement in learning. Students in grades 5-12 will continue to be allowed to take the devices home at night to work on homework/projects. Students in grades 5-12 will continue to be informed of affordable local internet options, all with the desire to produce equitable learning for all students. 
  • In the 2018-2019 school year, teachers will achieve Google Level 1 certification. Administrators will achieve Google Level 2 certification. Increased confidence and improved efficiency will be the result of attaining certifications. 
  • Students will become proficient users of G-Suite and find a renewed educational experience that excites them and encourages them to be not only efficient in their work, but innovative in their thinking. 
  • All members of the Trumann School District staff, students, parents, community, and various stakeholders will make a commitment to supporting each other in the transition to allow for maximum benefits to be achieved. 
About Trumann School District

Trumann School District is located in Trumann, Arkansas and serves around 1600 students in Northeast Arkansas. Located in Poinsett County, Trumann is about 15 miles away from Jonesboro, Arkansas and about a 45 minute drive from Memphis, Tennessee.
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#EdPins - Putting Learning on the Map

By Dale Plotzki, AppsEvents Presenter

A new Google Innovator project has recently launched that seeks to connect schools and educators in a truly new way!

#EdPins ( seeks to highlight the beautiful, unique work in every school! It does this by re-purposing Google Maps ‘review’ cards into billboards of learning that celebrate the unique educational opportunities that are offered by a school. Here is a great example of an #EdPins entry live in the field.

So why look to Google Maps for educational collaboration? Aren’t our schools’ websites and Twitter feeds enough? The truth is, Google Maps has several features which make it an ideal platform for connecting schools:
  1. It’s universal: Every school, EVERY SCHOOL, on earth that exists in a physical location is either on Google Maps or can be placed on Google Maps. This is an incredible fact that we must take advantage of!
  2. It’s free: All you need to participate in #EdPins is a Google Account, which has no cost. This is a huge leveler that can bring schools on to an equal playing field of visibility and boost collaboration!
  3. It’s public: Anyone can participate in #EdPins. Perhaps a student wants to showcase their work in an authentic, public way. They have as much access as an administrator. This has a powerful, democratizing effect on education! And people really use Google Maps! Post a photo of your school and you can quickly see it rack up thousands of views!
  4. It’s dynamic and flexible: Google Maps entries are shareable, multimedia compatible and can host live links; perfect for showcasing beautiful examples of modern teaching and learning. 
I would like to invite every student, administrator, parent and teacher to participate in #EdPins. This project is still developing but holds the potential to have an incredible, transformative and lasting impact on education around the globe. I hope to see you school there!

About the Author: Dale Plotzki 

Technology Integrationist and Learning Coach
Colegio Franklin D. Roosevelt

I love watching education evolve into new and better forms! I am a certified Google for Education Innovator and Trainer. I would love to chat with you about: Making, Mapping, AR, VR, Problem Based Learning, Blockchain and Poodles

Connect with Dale: @EdPins1 @dale_rickardo

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New Customization Options in Google Forms

New highly requested customization features for Google Forms will be rolling out this month. Users will be able to choose colors and fonts when creating quizzes, surveys, registration forms, and more that matches their branding or desired theme.

Choosing a theme and background color 

To pick a Theme Color, click the Customize theme icon Customize theme. Doing so will display the new Theme Options sidebar on the right side. You can pick a predefined color, or a custom one. The color you selected will be applied to your header background, titles, action buttons, and more. After you pick a theme color, you can then select a complementary color for the background.

Adding a custom header image 

From Theme Options, click Choose image and then Upload photos. Then drag a photo into the window or click Select a photo from your computer.

Custom font style

As of this announcement, we can only see four font options: Basic, Decorative, Formal, and Playful. When you pick a style, it will apply to your form title and question text.

To change fonts, click the Down arrow below "Font style" in the Theme Options sidebar menu. 

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How to Use Soundtrap on a Chromebook | Tips and Tricks Episode 7

In this episode, Dean uses his Acer Chromebook Spin 11 to play a keyboard in Soundtrap using the touchscreen.

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Summer EdTech PD Choice Board

Want to up your EdTech game this Summer? Check out this EdTech PD Choice Board created by AppsEvents presenter Joli Boucher.

Want more tips from Joli? Catch her at our Saco Maine and New Hampshire Google Summits!

Download your copy here:

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Getting Geeky at the LATAM Google Summit!


This past weekend saw an incredible learning event take place on our campus; the first ever Apps Events’ Latin America Google Summit! This awesome professional development event brought teachers, administrators and parents together under one roof and focused on using tools in the Google for Education Suite to make learning engaging, effective, faster and better. Oh, and we had a ton of fun along the way!

The event opened with a wonderful message from our own Dr. Jacobson about never forgetting the mission of using technology in education; the learning impact on the child and ultimately, to make the world a better place. Keynote speaker Anita Moose then discussed practical ways that schools can build a culture of innovation and wonder amongst their teachers. From there, we broke out into the workshops scattered through the commons where we examined the modern tools of learning and all things Google! Highlights included Carla Puppo’s session on building a Makerspace, Stacie Willey’s ‘The Game of Life - Googlefied’ (ask a 6th grader…) and event organizer Dan Taylor’s ‘Building Young Entrepreneurs in Schools’ workshop. All around the commons you could hear engaging conversations about learning, gasps of amazement and a lot of laughter!

You would have never known that people had given up a weekend to come into work. The air was light and the vibe was upbeat as these teachers dug into the content and tools being discussed. Opportunities for teacher growth like this are special because they remind teachers what it like to be an excited, engaged learner! And that is perhaps the biggest take away of all from what was an incredible weekend.

See all of the good times by searching #GooglePD on Twitter!

Editor's Note: This article first appeared on
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Chromebooks: DO EVERYTHING

By +Allison Mollica

2018 has been an exciting year already for G Suite Edu schools, teachers AND students!

New products, updates and programming are being released at warp speed so I thought to take a few minutes to reflect and share on some of my favorites to date:
It is exciting that we can offer a robust digital skills learning curriculum for all ages with Chromebooks freeing up outdated and laborous to manage resources from the past.

Reminder to those buying Chromebooks for schools to be looking for those that are touchscreen and if you can pull it off, convertibles are ideal. As you may already know, I am going to recommend the ACER Chromebooks. I've been using Acer as my high end laptop and Chromebook. The product is the best investment with the highest quality for the most competitive price. It was years after being a loyal Acer customer that my team, AppsEvents ,created a professional development partnership with them. That's great karma!

Here is the video I created several months back that shows how to set up your Android / Play Apps in the Admin Panel.

Expect updates and improvements forthcoming but this is already a game changer. On myAcer SPIN Chromebook, I can run FREE Chrome & Anroid apps pushed out from my admin panel such as TextHelp's EquatIO® to make math on my Chromebook a breeze!

I also have Google's ToonTastic, Google Classroom, Explain Everything, SoundTrap,WeVideo, and that's just for starters!

I recall having to purchase expensive drawing devices to hook up to expensive computers running expensive software to teach middle school Graphic Arts. With an Acer SPINand Adobe Illustrator Draw or the Autodesk Sketchbook Draw you are ready to go!

I can do EVERYTHING but MORE on a Chromebook than I could do on a traditional desktop or laptop.

Check out the Applied Digital Skills Curriculum from Google that allows you to facilitate a Digital Skills curriculum in full or in part to middle and high school students (as well as adults and higher ed). Watch this video to get a better understanding.

For younger students who desperately need foundation education on how to be safe online, check out the Be Internet Awesome program which has a series of lesson plans and interactive online games aligned with the topics of being smart, alert, strong, kind and brave when online.

That's probably all you have time for today. If you came this far, I hope you'll back track and click on some of those links above to check out the shared resources. Stay tuned for my coding and programming resources (all can be done on Chromebooks as well).

Finally, if you teach in a middle school can you take this survey about what devices you are teaching with?

Have a great day!
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