It was amazing to have the opportunity to attend the GAFE south summit in the first week of the holidays! (Just dropping in their that yes, teachers do work in the holidays!) Speakers and presenters from around the world presented about teaching and learning using Google Apps for Education.
In terms of collaboration and learning anywhere, anytime, Google Apps are certainly an awesome tool for teaching and learning.
This post kind of serves as my notes for the conference, but I hope you can get some ideas too!
Keynote: Adam Naor
We need to make sure we are teaching WITH technology, not teaching technology.
Focus on the real goal. For example, improving writing, not teaching WORD or PAGES. Teachers must know how to use tools well.
The google design philosophy: What is the idea that will be transformative, a catalyst for immense change?
Adam discussed current technological trends. He believes were are almost there with technology being mobile and 24/ 7. Within the next three years there will be a focus on learning analytics and open content. Within five years, 3d printing and virtual and remote learning laboratories will be the norm.
Adam recommended a sound knowledge of Google Search - later in the programme, Dr Mark Wagner presented on this. Find the resources here.
My name is Ngaire Shepherd-Wills. This website is a record of my TeachNZ sabbatical, Term 2, 2013 and then I have continued to share my wonderings and discoveries about Innovative Learning Practices. I now work for CORE Education. Views are my own.