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The Google Certification Academy is coming to Winter Park (greater Orlando area) on March 2-3. If you have every been interested in earning a Google Certification, this is the event for you! 2-days of advanced instruction on Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Sites, Chromebooks, and more! 

Details are available at www.gEducator.com/florida 
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Help the drive dev team understand how educators use video and audio files with presentations.
 
Hi Classroom and GAFE users,

Please help the Google Slides team better understand how you'd like to use videos in Google Slides by filling out this survey. We appreciate your input to help improve our products!

Please share the survey with other educators in your school and district. 
Please help us better understand how you'd like to use videos in Google Slides by filling out this survey. We appreciate your input to help improve our products! * Required. For what purpose do you primarily use Google Slides *. Personal (for myself, family, and friends) ...
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Testing season is upon us, which means that a bunch of schools are having issues with test compatibility with ChromeOS V. 48*. 

Can anyone tell me if setting the version restriction in the admin console will push devices back to a previous version? Or does it only restrict devices that haven't yet updated? 

Also, the Chrome team announced today that V. 49 is being moved to the beta channel for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Won't be long before 49 hits Beta for ChromeOS. Better lock 'em down now if you are testing in the next couple of months. 
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It does not push back to a previous version.
Also ARM processors are having problems with this setting at present. They are ignoring the setting and updating anyways.
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Microsoft aiming at the Chromebook market as well. Funny thing is- Acer has one of the best selling Chromebook lines.

Oh, and the awesome light flashing feature mentioned in the article. Dell did that on last years Chromebook. Cool feature, but I would hardly call it a game changer.
 
The underlying comments are the best part to read in this well known pro-Microsoft blogger.  
Acer and Microsoft revealed this week that they have collaborated on a new Windows 10 laptop aimed at the education market. Dubbed the TravelMate B117, this new laptop provides unique interactive features that are ideal for the classroom.
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Google is hosting a webinar to help schools administer standardized tests on Chromebooks. 
 
Kevin from the Google for EDU Team here.

Next week we're hosting a webinar for administering online standardized tests on Chromebooks, giving educators an easy, secure way to manage the testing process. If interested url is below and please feel free to sign up.

Webinar link: https://goo.gl/Vt67IL
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I'm looking for a Chrome extension that will zoom my screen similar to what you can do on a Macbook using their accessibility functions. I do a lot of tech training and the ability to zoom in on a button, icon, etc is very helpful. The built in screen zoom (ctrl + / -) doesn't work well because you can't zoom into a spot. 

I've tried a few extensions from the Chrome webstore without luck - Zoom, Zoomy
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Nice! I didn't know that was possible! I did also discover that you can hold down CTRL + ALT and slide up/down on the trackpad to adjust the zoom. Very similar to how it works on a MPB. 
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Google offers 5 education certifications for teachers, instructional techs and administrators. Attend a Google Certification Academy to figure out which one is right for you and begin your journey to becoming a Google Expert! Multiple events are planned around the country! 
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I am using Awesome Table file cabinet to display a large list of files from a school division. Some of the users are using the Drive Sync app to manage their files which is throwing a bunch of system files into Drive (mostly .ds_store files). Is it possible to create a list of file exceptions that should NOT be listed in the directory? 
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hi +John R. Sowash, I don't think it's possible.
However, you can filter your table once it's created, and take out the unneeded files.
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virtual reality is the next big thing for the classroom. Google cardboard is making it possible.
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Isn't it amazing that every time Apple gets in trouble, they come right back to the schools looking for business... where have they been for the past 10 years??? Too little too late???
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Google's Chromebook juggernaut continues to draw market share from Apple and Microsoft.

And it doesn't seem to be slowing down.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/01/11/apple-loses-more-ground-googles-chromebook-education-market/78323158/
Microsoft leads worldwide, but school districts are moving to lower-cost devices.
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Agreed. I have tried to get news coverage of miGoogle and other events. Never happens. The news likes sound byte, easy, salacious stories. 
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  • Sowash Ventures, LLC
    Owner, 2011 - present
  • Google Certified Teacher & Trainer
    Trainer and Community Member, 2009 - present
  • Global Christian School Online
    Director of Online Learning, 2010 - 2015
  • Bloom Baby and Kids
    Entrepreneur, 2013 - 2015
  • Southfield Christian School
    High School Teacher, 2007 - 2013
  • Walled Lake Public Schools
    Student Teacher, 2006 - 2007
  • St. Mark's Academy
    High School Teacher - English, 2008 - 2009
  • The Oaks Virtual Academy
    High School Teacher - English, 2009 - 2009
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Brighton, Michigan - Whitmore Lake, Michigan - Bucharest, Romania - Oxford, England - Whitmore Lake, Michigian - Brighton, Michigan
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Educator, Google Certified Teacher, Authorized Google Education Trainer, Google Certified Administrator, Husband, Dad, Entrepreneur.
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John Sowash is an experienced educator and school administrator who works effectively with learners of all ages. John inspires educators to use technology to foster creative opportunities and connect with others.

You can connect with John via his blog (electriceducator.com) or Twitter (@jrsowash).
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