Thursday, December 17, 2015

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Happy Holidays

On behalf of all the AppsEvents team, we want to thank all the amazing Educators we have had a chance to meet with and share in 2015. We hope you all have an amazing holiday break wherever you are in the world.

AppsEvents Featured in Google Education Newsletter

Our article about the effect of Global Google for Education Summits by AppsEvents Director, Dan Taylor, was published on the latest issue of the Google for Education Community Newsletter. Read a copy online through this link.

Call for Event Hosts 2016

We have a great variety of events already scheduled for 2016 but are always looking to host Summits, Academies and Cloud Camps in more regions of the world.  Don't see an event near you? Consider hosting one. Now is the perfect time to get in touch with us. It is a great opportunity to get a wide arrange of topics covered and learn from a 'global perspective.' This is an amazing way to get focused Google PD for your staff and also to build the profile of you and your school in Google EDU and EdTech circles.
The process is quick and simple: You just fill out our form and we’ll email you a full info sheet of information about the different types of events and how the whole process works. If you are interested we then schedule a quick ‘Hangout’ to go over things in more detail.
In addition to the core summits, we offer custom professional development with our amazing core team of trainers located in the US, Europe and Asia.

Admin Corner

The holidays are a great time to catch up on some learning, and our ‘AppsEvents Certified Admin (ACA)’ course is an amazing introduction to administration that you can take online in your own time over the holidays. Most course takers are educators looking to get more involved with admin and the course is fun and manageable for complete beginners.
You can register here and please use the coupon Holidays2015 for a 40% discount. OurFAQ doc should answer any questions you have.

Certification Update

AppsEvents hosted a series of PreCertification BootCamps in Europe, Asia and North America in 2015.  If you attended a Bootcamp prior to July 1, 2015, please note that the Educator, Trainer and Innovator (prior 'Teacher') Certifications have changed dramatically in regards to training and assessment.

If you are looking to pursue one of the new certifications, keep in mind that most of our Summits feature a standalone one day ‘PreCertification BootCamp.’ We have several scheduled for 2016 already and this is brand new since July 1, 2015 so maybe we’ll see you back again in 2016.
For those of you looking to become Google Certified Innovators, applications are now open through January 11, 2016 with the first Innovator Academy to be held at the Mountain View, CA Googleplex in February. Apply here.

Increasing Accessibility and Literacy Scores with Read&Write for Google Chrome

Millions of students across the US and beyond are using cloud-based tools such as Google Apps for Education (GAFE) in the classroom and at home. Because this software is hosted “in the cloud”, students can access it on almost any device or platform, anywhere.

While the popularity of GAFE continues to grow, it is important to ensure that struggling learners, such as those with learning disabilities or English Language Learners, continue to have access to the supports they need to succeed.

The team at Texthelp have developed Read&Write for Google Chrome, which assists students using GAFE by making the web and files in Google Drive accessible. The friendly, intuitive toolbar is used (and loved) by millions of students and teachers worldwide.

One school who saw the benefits that Read&Write for Google Chrome could bring to their students, is Winnacunnet High School. By implementing Read&Write, this high school has increased students’ ability to collaborate and increased their independence.

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Learner Agency and PBL at HPSS

Empowering learners and teachers is not an easy thing to do. It helps if you have models of practice. In this first of a series of Evidence Based Practice Videos, the team at Hapara examines how the educators and learners at Hobsonville Point Secondary School in the northern suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand are building a culture of empowerment and creativity.

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Upcoming Events

We are excited to announce the dates for some of our 2016 events (more to be added) featuring Google for Education in the US, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa in partnership with the Google for Education team and International Schools worlwide. Now is the perfect time to be making plans to take advantage of our early bird pricing and group discounts. Visit today!
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