AppsEvents Achieves the Professional Development Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program

Google Cloud Recognizes AppsEvents’ Technical Proficiency and Proven Success In Professional Development 

New Hampshire, July 23, 2018 — AppsEvents today announced that it has achieved the Professional Development Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program. By earning the Partner Specialization, AppsEvents has proven their expertise and success in building customer solutions in the Professional Development field using Google Cloud Platform technology.

The Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program is designed to provide Google Cloud customers with qualified partners that have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in specialized solution and service areas.

Partners who have achieved the specialization in the Education Professional Development category train educators on the use of Google technology in the classroom and prepare them to become Google Certified Educators, Trainers and Innovators.

“We incorporate the best practice we see in leading education systems across the world to our work with schools,” said AppsEvents CEO, Dan Taylor

AppsEvents works with schools in several ways. Through ‘Google Summits’, high energy two day ‘conference style’ events, G Suite and Chromebook experts run multiple sessions across one or two days. Delegates select topics and levels that are ‘just right’ for their professional learning objectives.

AppsEvents ‘Google Certification Boot Camps’ are one and two day events where teachers get certified as Level 1 and 2 Educators and Certified Trainers . AppsEvents also runs specialized bootcamps for specific job roles such as school leadership, IT staff and support staff. Later this year, AppsEvents will be launching an AppsEvents G Suite Proficiency Certification training to meet the needs of those new to G Suite or working in education ‘non-teaching’ positions.
  
Finally, AppsEvents runs transformational PD sessions for schools and districts across the US to develop deep use of Google tools in the classroom, often over multiple semesters. These sessions focus on a holistic approach including Chromebooks, G Suite and Expeditions, and are customized for every engagement to meet the specific goals of the school.

Photo during the internal Google Educator Bootcamp hosted by the Trumann School District as part of their new school year focus. You can learn more about it here.

About AppsEvents

AppsEvents is a global team of educators that share a commitment to a vision of cloud computing and Google technologies in particular. We aim to help schools run more efficiently, assist individual educators better perform their work, and most importantly help prepare students for today's changing tech landscape.

AppsEvents is a global organization with offices in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.


You can see all our public events at www.appsevents.com or please contact our USA Director Allison Mollica on allison@appsevents.com
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Google Forms for Reading and Writing


By Stephanie Karabaic

Today’s classrooms are filled with learners with varying levels of skills. Some classrooms sizes are larger than we would like, and this can complicate meeting the needs of all learners.

How can a teacher in a typical classroom determine what students already know, what they have learned after initial instruction, and where to move in the instructional path? Google Forms can be a teacher’s best friend!

Here are some of the examples from my classroom…

1. Book Club ‘Check-In’

Google Forms can be used as a ‘check in’ for readings students are doing in groups or individually. This activity helps in shifting the responsibility of learning to the students to help them realize they play an integral part of their own learning.

Example : https://goo.gl/forms/JDZLcJpEvbcWUX8i2

2. Formative Assessment

Google Forms can be used for online quizzes. In my reading class, I use Forms to assess students’ understanding and give them real time feedback by allowing them to see the answers they got correct and the ones they missed immediately after a quiz.

Forms also enables teachers to differentiate testing without the students knowing there are different leveled tests.

Example: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson Quiz https://goo.gl/forms/8ZygTvStwrEl1ryr1

After reading and completing many group activities relating to the short story, I created this quiz for students to demonstrate their learning of literal story elements. I gave a great deal of support and differentiation throughout instruction and all students received the same quiz.

3. Classroom Survey

I also use Google Forms as a way to have students select books to create unique interest-based book clubs. I prefer to group students based on interest rather than lexiles, as the lexile ranges are already accounted for when I list the book options.

4. Prior Knowledge Activity

Additionally, I employ Google Forms as my entrance and exit tickets to assess where students are in the moment of learning, so I can adapt instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

Here is an example of a Prior Knowledge activity before a group of students study about Tsunamis.

Assessing ‘prior thinking’ about a story’s main topic could be the base on which students would discover irony, character development, themes, conflicts, traditions, and how free thinking is essential in life. It also allows teachers to craft instruction to individuals, large groups or even small groups.

5. Extending Learning

Teachers can engage students in fun activities proving their level of understanding of a topic, as they transfer the concept to the world outside of the classroom. Using a Google Form to extend the topic taught through a multimedia movie representation clip, students can demonstrate mastery and transfer of skills. By using Google Forms and YouTube, teachers can have students demonstrate concept learning in new and different ways, and enjoy the process!

Example: https://goo.gl/forms/HbxaVQ0rAdZK17op1

Using Google Forms to assess students’ knowledge in real time is such a valuable tool. Once a teacher creates a Form, it’s there to use whenever they want it, or they can revise it whenever they choose.

As a homework check-in, Forms can be used to quickly know who did and did not complete an assignment. Google Forms fills so many wants and needs in the classroom that teachers. Information on quizzes is given in graphs, in a spreadsheet, and can be viewed by class, or individual student responses.

Explore Google Forms and you will embrace the many applications this tool provides.



About the Author


Stephanie Karabaic is a Reading and Writing Specialist teacher in Lebanon Middle School in Lebanon, NH. She is a veteran teacher who has embraced technology and Google specifically, to meet the needs of her students. She is also a NH certified: K-8, Special Educator and Educational Technology Integrator and NJ certified Teacher of English K-12.
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Using a Chromebook Offline | Tips & Tricks Episode 8

In this episode, Dean shows how to make the most out of using your Chromebook when you're offline.

However you're travelling - your Acer Chromebook will see you through, whether it's for work or fun!


If you enjoyed this video, make sure to share it on your preferred social media and subscribe to our YouTube channel!
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2018 Tamworth New Hampshire #GooglePD Highlights


Some gems during the New Hampshire #GooglePD hosted by the Kenneth A. Brett School at Tamworth, NH.

Lesson of the Day from Dean Stokes Keynote

Add-ons Tips from @SusieTechCoach

Tips and Tricks by @joliboucher

And more tips and tricks... 

Bonus  

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Three ways you can customize your Acer Chromebook Tab 10


Having the ability to customize your device’s look and feel is essential to productivity so here are three ways you can tweak Google’s first Chrome OS tablet to better suit your needs.

Adjust screen resolution

The default resolution is set to low which makes the icons appear quite big. If you want to adjust your screen’s resolution, you can do so through the settings menu the same way you would in a Chromebook.

Image via technobezz.com
Tap on the time in the bottom-right corner of the screen and choose “Settings” from the menu. From the Settings window, search for “Display” to reveal the Display Settings.

This can also be done through a connected keyboard by pressing [CTRL] + [SHIFT] + [+].

Switch between Chrome OS channels


Chrome OS has three different software channels: stable, beta, and development. If you want to test upcoming features of the Chrome operating system with minimal risk, switch your device to the Beta channel. Take note though that you need to be a device “owner” to be able to switch channels. This means, if you are using a managed device from school or work, you may not be able to switch channels. Learn more here.

Test out Chrome Flags

Flags or chrome://flags is a url in Chrome that lets you to experience new features while they are being tested (beta channel might be required for some). You can enable and disable flags as you please.

Here are some of the flags worth checking:
  • Enable Night Light - Controls the color temperature of the screen. Perfect for reading or using device at night.
  • New system menu - Enables the experimental system menu.
  • New style notification - Enables the experimental style of material-design notification.
  • Enable dragging tabs in tablet mode - Allows the user to drag the tabs out of a browser window in tablet mode.
  • Force Ui Mode - Choose between Tablet, Clamshell, or Auto. This flag can be used to force a certain mode onto a chromebook, despite its current orientation. “Tablet” mode means that the chromebook will act as if it were in tablet mode. "Clamshell" means that the chromebook will act as if it were in clamshell mode. "Auto" means that the chromebook will alternate between the two, based on its orientation.
Image by @cgc6th
To make your tablet behave more like a traditional Chromebook, enable New style notification and dragging tabs. Select "Clamshell" force Ui and make sure the virtual keyboard flag is enabled.

Split screen mode on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Image by @cgc6th
Editor’s Note: We stumbled upon this handy guide by Steve Birtles (@cgc6th), Director of Learning Technologies at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, where he compiled a handful of tips and tricks to help you get the most of the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. The tips above were all based from Steve’s Doc. To read the original notes, click here.
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Optimizing workflow for your classroom


Wonder how other educators are optimizing their workflow for their classroom? Get inspired with these Trello board templates and examples!

What is Trello?

Trello is an infinitely flexible visual collaboration tool that helps you keep track of everything--- from the big picture down to the smallest details. It is a free and simple to use project management tool, and our team use it as our core event planning App. Our CEO Dan Taylor talks about it more on our EventsFrame blog post “How to run an events company on (almost) completely free tools”.

Recently, Trello introduced hundreds of sample boards submitted by actual users (including educators) from all around the world that others can easily copy and customize. We listed some of our favorites and included some “board basics” for those new to Trello ;)

Status Of The Class

Always know what step each student is at in a process. Works well in a workshop environment where students are progressing individually.



Board Basics: Columns in Trello are called “lists” and items added on lists are called “cards”. You can move around both “lists” and “cards” through drag-and-drop action.

Weekly Classroom Newsletter

Keep parents up to date on upcoming events, assignments, and assessments with a weekly classroom newsletter board.



Board Basics: You can add “team members” to a Trello board and customize view/edit permissions. You can also set an entire board to “Public” so people can view the contents without having to register for an account.

Day-to-Day Group Rotation

Keep all your resources and links in one spot, but move student groups each day as partnerships move throughout the room.



Board Basics: You can add a variety of resources in a card: texts, images, URLs, files, link to a Google Drive folder or file, checklists, and so much more! Click on a card to see all the resources.

You can view the entire gallery at https://trello.com/inspiration.



Want more practical EdTech tips and tricks you can use right away? Attend an AppsEvents #GooglePD near you! Visit https://appsevents.com/ for more information.
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