The Google in Education Summit held last week at Dainfern College in Johannesburg was a really awesome event. The EdTech team had seven amazing presenters – see more here http://za.gafesummit.com/2014/presenters who presented along with some of our local stars who are using Google effectively in the classroom.
An exciting new venture was launched by Google in South Africa at the Summit – Google Education groups at this URL: http://www.google.com/landing/geg/ This is a world-wide launch with each country having its own GEGs We invite you to join GEG South Africa. This announcement was received with great excitement at the Summit.
What are Google Educator groups?
Google believes that the best inspiration to educators are other educators. It is for this reason that Google helped start a community of passionate educators, who bring the benefits of technology to schools, classrooms, and communities across the world. Google Educator Groups (GEGs) are communities of educators who learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.
Why should I join?
'Learn. Share. Inspire. Empower.' These four words represent the essence of GEGs. Educators will build relationships with other educators and gain the necessary skills to use open technology to deliver the best possible education to their students.
How do I start?
Generally you would search the GEG directory to find the GEG nearest you, follow the group on Google+ to get their latest news, and feel free to show up to the group’s next event. BUT we have a South African group that you can join! (See the useful links below)
Some useful resources
- You can read more about the global GEG program at g.co/geg
- Here is the GEG South Africa Interest Form, where you can express your interest in being either a GEG Leader or a participant of GEG.
- Here is our GEG South Africa Google+ Community.
- If you have any questions please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn more about Google for Education and Education Go Digital
This is such an exciting venture, and we encourage you to get involved and be part of the move to ‘Learn Share Inspire Empower’ and form GEGs with teachers around you.