Thursday, 16 April 2015

The free Google Education on Air conference – speakers and sessions announced

This all sounds very exciting! This is a free, international online conference created by Google. Why not add this Google online event to your dairies for May 8th, 9th and 10th! This post with the latest announcement was recently posted on the Google for Education blog

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Last month Google announced their Education on Air conference — a free online conference taking place May 8-9, 2015. They have now released the schedule of sessions, based on suggestions from those who sent in ideas. They’ll emphasize innovation since 44% of respondees voted for this — as well as how to empower students and use Google tools effectively.From their second poll they deduced respondees want practical examples, so the speakers will go beyond theory and share their specific advice for enacting change.

Here’s a look at what to expect over the two-day conference:

Friday, May 8: Leading for the future
Tune in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET to hear from educators, business and policy leaders, students and researchers, whose keynotes will challenge you to innovate and improve education. In our kickoff session, panelists will tackle the question “What are the skills of the future?” and will touch upon results from an Economist Intelligence Unit survey. You’ll also hear panels of different perspectives about some hot topics for educators, including how technology is transforming learning and how students are guiding their own learning.

In addition to these panels, our keynote speakers will share their personal passions for the future of education. You’ll hear from Actor, Education Advocate, and Host of Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton, Google Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock, education leader and Order of Canada honoree Michael Fullan, and Sir Michael Barber, chief education advisor to Pearson and former Chief Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education during the first term of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Educators and school leaders like Ryan Bretag, education researcher and Chief Innovation Officer of Illinois’ District 225, and students like Brittany Wenger (2012 Google Science Fair winner) will also share their perspectives.

Saturday, May 9: Shaping the classroom today
Over 100 sessions will be led by educators from 12 countries and 29 U.S. states, all specifically designed to offer practical advice and examples. Whether you’re interested in the track for educators, administrators, IT or “anyone,” we invite you to join for the sessions that are most interesting to you.

Presenters will discuss tools and techniques that you can implement easily, affordably and immediately. Many sessions highlight how Google tools like Google Apps, Earth, Chromebooks and Android tablets can support learning and help educators save time. Others will relate to themes including collaboration and community, computer science and STEM, creation and creativity, digital citizenship, literacy and professional development.
Here’s a flavor of the range of sessions:
Visit the Education on Air site to see the full line-up of sessions and make sure to register; because even if you can’t join live, if you register Google will notify you when the recordings are available to view.

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