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This week's edition, a focus on one of CEnet's Services - Google Workspace for Education, eBook usage continues to hit new heights, professional learning opportunities for teachers and technical staff and Book of the Week reads drawn from the Children's Book Council of Australia 2021 Notables List.

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CEnet Services - Google Workspace for Education

In this edition we take a look at another of the services provided by CEnet.

In 2011, CEnet worked with a committee of personnel from within the member dioceses to review and select a new enterprise email solution. The platform selected by the committee was Gmail by Google and at the time, it was internationally recognised.

Shortly after provisioning the solution, Member dioceses started exploring the additional tools available within the Google Apps for Education collaboration platform, and over the last 10 years, we have seen the large majority of member dioceses embed learning and teaching activities using what is now known as Google Workspace for Education.

Through CEnet, each staff member and student on the network is provisioned with a Google Workspace account, and this platform is now used as an important collaboration platform across the CEnet member dioceses. CEnet also provides the capability for member dioceses to enjoy seamless access to other collaboration platforms that they own, including but not limited to Microsoft 365 for Education. This creates an environment where choice is possible for all staff, teachers and students - all via the one CEnet login.

Over the years, the use of the Google platform has grown significantly. CEnet receives a large number of questions around this service, and a common theme being privacy and security.  Below are some sample questions and answers from the Google for Education Privacy and Security Centre

Q: Does Google sell school and student data to third parties?
A: No. Google does not sell your Google Workspace data to third parties, and does not share personal information placed in Google systems with third parties, except in the few exceptional circumstances described in the Google Workspace agreement and our Privacy Policy, such as when you ask Google to share it or when we are required to do so by law.

Q: Is data residing within Google Drive secure?
A: Google is fully committed to the security and privacy of your data and protecting you and your school from attempts to compromise it. Google systems are among the industry’s most secure and the company vigorously resist any unlawful attempt to access our customers’ data.
Google’s data centres use custom hardware running a custom hardened operating system and file system. Each of these systems has been optimised for security and performance. Because Google controls the entire hardware stack, the company is able to respond quickly to any threats or weaknesses that may emerge.
Google encrypts Gmail (including attachments) and Drive data while on the move. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Google's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centres.

Q: Does Google own school data?
A: No. Google doesn’t assume ownership of any customer data in Google Workspace core services, and it says so in our contracts (under 'Intellectual Property').
Google provides powerful, easy-to-use management tools and dashboards to help administrators keep track of their organisation's services, usage and data. Google only keeps your personal information as long as you ask us to keep it. If an education department, school or university decides to stop using Google, the company makes it easy for them to take their data with them.

A broader range of Frequently Asked Questions can be found in the Google for Education Privacy and Security Centre.
eBook Usage Continues to Hit New Heights

Reading activities in schools participating in the CEnet Member ACEN eBook Consortium have hit new heights in the first quarter of 2021 with a total of 102,128 ebooks and audio books checked out by 18 March.

To date, staff and students in CEnet member dioceses have clocked up 42,298 hours of reading so far this year. Well done to all!
Graphs - eBook and audio book usage Jan-March 2021
Overdrive School Stars

Schools in CEnet member dioceses that are part of the ACEN Overdrive consortium have the opportunity to participate in the Overdrive School Stars contest.
Schools Stars is a global contest aimed to celebrate how schools promote Sora. Past entries have included videos, visual displays and bulletin boards, social media campaigns, and student created resources.

The School Stars promotion concludes on 31 March.  From now through March 31, 2021 OverDrive is looking for all the ways schools promote Sora. Schools can enter here for a chance to win $2500.

Apple Teacher Mac
The Catholic Learning Online Apple Teacher Mac series commenced on Thursday March 18. This course combines the Apple series of short self-directed learning modules with additional CLO virtual sessions to support participants in developing skills and knowledge around the effective use of the iPad and Mac.

100 participants joined the first Mac Apple Teacher Check-in on a wet Thursday afternoon, with many battling flooding in their schools.

Attendees were treated to a video of past participants speaking about their journey, an introduction to the course and Apple Learning Specialists unpacking elements of the 1st Apple Teacher badge.

A recording of the separate sessions along with all the resources is available on the Catholic Learning Online website. 

The next Check-in is scheduled for April 29th. 

Visit the Catholic Learning Online Apple Teacher page for more information and registration information and share this professional learning opportunity with anyone who may be interested.

Catchup On Workshops
If you or your colleagues were unable to participate in recent Catholic Learning Online Events including the Seesaw School Champions and Seesaw For Beginners workshops, recordings of these events can be found in the Catholic Learning Online Resources page
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Catholic Learning Online Summit 2021 graphic
Catholic Learning Online Summit

The Catholic Learning Online Summit (CLOS) team has busy with planning for this year's event, which will commence on April 12.

The event will provide opportunities to participate in workshops delivered by expert practitioners from within CEnet member dioceses and service providers, covering the use of solutions from Apple, Canva, Google, Lucid Education, Microsoft, SORA and more.

Preview workshops here.
Summit Schedule
Upcoming Catholic Learning Online Events 2021

Upcoming Events:
  • March 25 - 4.15pm AEDT
    The Apple Teacher iPad 2021 Virtual Check-in number 2.
  • April 12 - April 16 AEST
    The Catholic Learning Online Summit.
  • April 29 - 4.15pm AEST
    The Apple Teacher Mac 2021 Virtual Check-in number 2.
  • May 27 - 3.30pm AEST
    Google Fundamentals series commences.
Registration can be completed through Diocesan PD Registration Systems or by clicking here or using the button below to register interest.

Additional information will be made available in the Catholic Learning Online website closer to each event.
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Professional Learning Opportunity for IT Staff
Oktane21 is Okta's annual user conference.
This free and virtual event will have exciting keynotes including Trevor Noah, dozens of breakout sessions, and ancillary programs online.
At the event, live streaming April 6-8, you’ll have access to inspiring keynotes, get hands-on training with experts, join like-minded people who understand the pivotal role of identity in our changing world, and hear from industry leaders first-hand about what’s next in identity. You’ll also get the chance to ask questions during live Q&A’s, chat with peers, download resources, and more.
If you’re interested in tuning in, you can register for free here.
The Okta Team has selected a number of sessions that they thought CEnet member dioceses might be interested in but you can see the full session schedule and descriptions here.  
Register Here
Book of the Week
The CEnet member dioceses ACEN eBook Consortium, with the assistance of Lisa Nash and Saba Maniar from the Digital Learning and Library Services in Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta provide the book of the week feature for students and staff who have access to the SORA eBook Library.

Each week, two reading recommendations for eBooks or audio books, with age guidance are published for primary school students and high school students and to make sure that no-one is left out, there is a recommendation for staff too.

This week's student reads are drawn from the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2021 Notables List.
Click on any of the three options above to go straight to the recommended books and enjoy the read!
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