EdcampPDX Coming Up on Saturday, March 4

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The next EdcampPDX is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Oregon Episcopal School.

Click here for FREE Registration!

What is EdcampPDX?
An edcamp is an informal unconference-style day of professional development organized and given by the local participants with sessions determined at the time of the event. Connect with other educators to share innovative instructional strategies and technologies that transform education for all students. Arrive with an idea for a session that you would like to lead or a discussion you would like to have and be ready to learn.

Google Apps/G Suite Update: Insert Videos from Google Drive in Google Slides

Great news! You can insert and play your Google Drive videos in Google Slides, in addition to videos from YouTube. This feature has already hit commercial Google accounts and will be rolling out to our apps4pps domain soon. Get more information here.

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From Google for Education, Education on Air: It Takes a Teacher

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Sessions around the clock, around the world

Check out this free, online conference! Share with and learn from other educators. Hear from inspiring speakers. Get tips and tools to help boost student engagement, collaboration and productivity and in the classroom.

Follow this link to see highlights from the 2015 event and to register.

2016 Oregon Summit Featuring Google Apps

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Google Summit Registration is Now Open

Hooray for the back-to-school rush. It’s already time to start thinking about your plans for October 14. We have another fantastic Google Summit planned for this year, with two locations for easy access. Here’s what you need to know for this year:

  • In addition to the learning on docs, calendar, YouTube, and more, we’re adding a focus on augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and what’s on the horizon for our classroom tech. We’ll have devices and gear to play with.
  • We have two keynote speakers, one for each site. Expect an active hands-on experience for the morning opener!
  • Each participant will receive a day of great learning, lunch, and a summit t-shirt.
  • This year’s registration cost is $50 per individual and $40/per person for groups of ten or more. (You can attend for free as a presenter or volunteer. See the registration page for details.)

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Google Forms Gets Templates, Add-on Support and More

From TechCrunch by Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl):

“With today’s release, you can now select from a number of templates for standard surveys like customer feedback, quizzes and event sign-up right from the Google Forms home screen. Until now, forms dropped you right into the editor when you started a new form, but you always had to start from scratch. These new templates should make it quite a bit easier to get started with the service.”

Read more about the updates at the link above.

Google Certified Innovator Program

From Becky Evans, Program Manager, Google for Education:

It was over a decade ago when we held our first Google Teacher Academy with a goal of bringing together outstanding educators using technology in the classroom. With so many changes since then, we decided it was about time to make some changes to the program as well. So today we’re thrilled to announce that applications are now open for the new and improved Google for Education Certified Innovator program—an energizing 12 month professional development experience for creative leaders in education. Built from the same magic that was present in each Academy, but extended into much more than a onetime event.

Certified Innovators help their organizations, each other and Google push the boundaries of what’s possible in education. As ongoing participants in this community of educators, they transform the organizations they’re serving, advocate for change, and grow their own capacity as thought leaders. The new program focuses on helping Innovators launch a transformative project to help improve education in their schools, regions, or the world. Support includes mentorship, online learning activities, and an in-person Innovation Academy.