Friday, May 25, 2018

Chromebooks: DO EVERYTHING

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It is exciting that we can offer a robust digital skills learning curriculum for all ages with Chromebooks freeing up outdated and laborous to manage resources from the past.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 my Acer 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 SPIN and 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!  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Doodle for Google ~ Great Creative & Artistic Opportunity for All Ages!

Have you heard of Doodle for Google?

Maybe no, maybe so. Maybe you know someone who won or maybe you are a previous winner! 
Doodle for Google logo

It's a contest with great prizes!

Doodle for Google is an annual contest, celebrating it's 10th anniversary, for students in grades K-12 to enter a Google doodle for a chance to have it go 'live' on Google as well as win a variety of other great prizes.  

There are grade level categories with state/territory winners, national finalists and 1 national 'winner.'  All the winning finalists will get some great Googly swag and have their Doodle Entry featured in the gallery. The 5 national finalists (1 from each grade group) also earn a $5000 college scholarship & a trip to Googleplex in Mountain View (I've been there and it is AMAZING!). The national grande prize winner will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology award to his/her school of choice (incentive for you to encourage your budding artists ;)

Share through Libraries, Extended Learning Programs, Classrooms

Please, please encourage your creative, artistic students who may scribble and sketch as their hobby and possess great talent! Send a note, email, add to your site or blog!   There are teacher guides for each grade category with lesson plans and a downloadable/printable poster.  

This year's theme 'What Inspires' Me will be judged based on artistic skill, creativity and theme communication.  

The deadline is March 2, 2018.   T
here's still time! 

My favorite Doodle taken during a visit to Google NYC in 2013.  

Friday, February 9, 2018

Great Google PD in the USA this Spring/Summer!

Lot's of great opportunities to learn about leveraging Google Tools in your classroom and office this year, even become a Google Certified Educator!

In May, come along to the AppsEvents NH Upper Valley Summit featuring Google for Education in May to learn about the latest updates. Book before March 4th to take advantage of the Super Early Bird promo pricing! Be quick and book now - the discount is only valid for the first 50 tickets sold!

Not sure whether it’s for you? Here are some feedback from our event in Albany, GA last month:

Otherwise, check out all of our upcoming events happenng all across the US below. Keep an eye on our website for more events to be released.

May 4th 2018
Google Educator Level 1 Bootcamp

May 5th 2018
1-Day Google Summit

June 6th - 7th 2018
Google Educator Level 1 Bootcamp

June 11th - 12th 2018
2-Day Google Summit

June 26th 2018
Google Educator Level 1 Bootcamp
June 27th - 28th 2018
2-Day Google Summit

July 17th 2018
Google Educator Level 1 & Level 2 Bootcamps
July 18th - 19th 2018
2-Day Google Summit

September 28th - 29th 2018
2-Day Google Summit
Are you a budding trainer? If so, we are also accepting summit session proposals. It’s a really great way to raise your profile and practice presenting in front of people outside your school. What’s more, if your sessions are chosen, you’ll get free entry to the summit!

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our USA Director, Allison Mollica, by emailing