My first Google Summit was exciting, enlightening, eventful and inspiring. The two day adventure at Crescent School in Toronto began with a keynote presentation from Jeffery Heil on Technology, High Expectations and the Art of Relationships. Heil spoke so passionately about his students and the connections that he creates to channel positivity and affect change through advocacy. He showed us this video of his former student named Ryan Hudson.
Hudson is a professional snowboarder who represents North Face and is one of the founding spokespeople for an organization called, “Outdoor Outreach.” This group uses the outdoors to inspire youth to see possibility and opportunity in their lives. Heil and Hudson have continued this movement by celebrating the success of the movement from #streets2peaks. This concept centers around to ideals of peace. power. presence. perseverance, and positivity. Hudson grew up in and out of homeless shelters in San Diego, California. With the help of Heil, he was able to defeat the odds and become a successful professional athlete. – Wow!
Take away – “Through bravery and creativity…
…you can change the future.”
Breakout sessions showcased various Google awesomeness!
Most notably in my opinion was the docAppender for Google Forms from William Farbstein. This “Aha Moment” has altered my student portfolio development. Each student works on his/her own document that is shared with the teacher. This document creates a progress log that enables, communication, presentation and assessment in one location. Seamless and effortless evaluations that automatically creates a sheets file as your gradebook. Plus the constant communication and instant feedback that students need to succeed. There are so many different Google Add-ons to discover and explore.
“Teachers need to hand students the reigns… and then chase after them”
– Les MacBeth
Check out Les MacBeth’s post about streamlining feedback.
One of the greatest aspects of this Summit was that some of the most notable presenters were also #Cohort21 members/coaches. This impressive and supportive network is wonderfully engaged in the Google community. (Sorry if I missed anyone.)
Jennifer Casa-Todd – Reading in the 21st Century featuring Read & Write Google, Connecting Students to Each other & the world using Google tools
Sylvia Duckworth – Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories with Google Slides, Creating Comics with Bitmojis and Google Slides, Video production with Google Slides, Screencastify, and WeVideo
Final Keynote: Sylvia closed out the #gafesummit with a wonderful reflection of her learning process as a sketchnote artist. She presented the audience with a drawing challenge and showcased that we can all be successful if we put our minds to it. Congratulations on the release of your new book.
I am considering becoming a Google Educator Level 1 & 2.
What are the benefits to each and should I complete all three distinctions if my school is not using Google?