Over Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Salem City Schools teachers and administrators had the opportunity to participate in the EdTechTeam Google Summit where they were shown some new tools and ways to implement the Google Apps for education. Over the course of two days, more than 30 teachers and administrators sat in on sessions led by Google certified instructors as they presented Google tools, apps, and extensions.
Sessions ranged from how to use tools like Google Photos or the Read&Write Google Chrome extension, to introductions to apps like HyperDocs or Fluency. Some sessions were more in depth, e.g., how to differentiate teaching and learning styles for students based on their individual needs using Google Classroom or how to personalize a teacher YouTube channel to get information across to students. There were classes on using tools such as Google Earth, 360 pictures, coding, and virtual reality. Though not normally used in the classroom, when implemented correctly, can unlock new and exciting ways for our students to learn.
There were four sessions per day and each block of time, usually, an hour included 4-5 topics. Salem teachers were well-represented, learning new and exciting ways to integrate Google for Education tools into the classroom. Summit participants will share what they have learned with colleagues in district-wide training as teachers prepare to implement Google for Education tools next school year and beyond.
Each of our buildings was represented by teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors. Armed with the new and enhanced knowledge of all the tools Google brings to the classroom, our Salem teachers and administrators will be prepared to take advantage of the exciting possibilities for student learning made possible by our 1:1 Chromebook Initiative.