Valley Teachers Receive Training at Google Educational Tech Summit

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Teachers learning new ways on how to use Google Docs from a guest speaker at the event.
Teachers learn how to use Google Docs in new ways from a guest speaker at the event.

EL CENTRO — The EdTechTeam Imperial Valley Summit Featuring Google for Education took place Saturday and Sunday at the Southwest High School Theater and Library.

The two-day, high-intensity event hosted by Google for Education was open to teachers to attend from across the Imperial Valley. It focused on using and integrating Google Apps for Education and other Google tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Sessions spread throughout the two days in a set schedule were in-depth and taught teachers new and creative ways to use Google products in their classrooms. Lessons such as Google Docs add-ons, Twitter 101, and Chromebooks for Classrooms were taught by presenters. Teachers were welcome to bring along their laptop and follow along on screen with the presenter. These features aim to help students and teachers make the writing experience in itself easier.

The program featured Google for Education Innovative Educators, Google for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, and other solution providers.

The closing keynote speech of the event, titled “Chance Favors the Connected School,” was given by Jason Markey and provided an insightful view of school itself. It promoted focusing on the experience of school rather than solely what is taught.

“We shouldn’t do things the right way unless they truly resonate with the students,” said Markey. He then ended the speech with hoping his dream of seeing all schools connected and sharing ideas to be true in the near future with what is taught through the EdTechTeam summits.

Jason Markey giving his closing remarks to the audience during his keynote speech "Chance Favors the Connected School" on Sunday at the Southwest High Theater.
Jason Markey gives his closing remarks to the audience during his keynote speech “Chance Favors the Connected School”  Sunday at the Southwest High Theater.