Deena Kimmel, Marketing Specialist

Texthelp's List of Recommended #GoogleEduOnAir Sessions

On December 2nd and 3rd, Google for Education is hosting a free, online conference for educators around the world called Education On Air: It Takes a Teacher. From 6:00pm EST on Friday to 7:00pm EST on Saturday, education experts from across the globe will be sharing their tips and tools for successfully integrating technology into the classroom.

To help you navigate the incredible list of sessions, we’ve highlighted a handful that we’re most excited about. Below please find the list of Texthelp-recommended sessions. 

Recommended United Kingdom Sessions:

11:30am GMT:  A Google Powered Classroom
Natalie Merriman, Business and Economics Subject Tutor, The Sixth Form College Farnborough

How to embrace Google within the classroom to increase learner engagement and success. Learn how to run online instruction in cost effective ways.

12:00pm GMT: Setting up a brand new blended learning school with G Suite
Dan Leighton, IVE Gloucestershire International School

If you could set up a school from scratch, what would you do? We had that opportunity and chose to go all-in with Google Apps for Edu and the cloud, with no local services at all. This session will cover some of the key challenges we faced in our first 6 months and how it's working out for us!

1:00pm GMT: Breaking borders in Maths
Andy Cooper, Leader of E-Learning, The Weald School

Engaging Students in Maths, Global Collaboration with GAFE, Linking classrooms globally. Primary/Secondary

1:30pm GMT: Leading Learning
Gary Spracklen, Head of School, IPACA

Around the world so many people, from governments and schools, to companies & communities, are moving on to find better ways of learning. In this insightful session, #IPACALearn Leader Gary Spracklen will explore the unique and much celebrated route his school has taken on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England.

2:30pm GMT: Explore the world with Google arts and culture
Dean Stokes, Learning Technologies Manager, Maltings Academy

Google's Art and Culture site is an amazing resource that has never been seen by a number of educators using Google Apps for Education. In the session, we'll use the wealth of content and features in to assess student analysis across the curriculum but with particular strength in art, history and geography (as well as just having some fun with all of the tools at our disposal)! This session will broadcast live from the AppsEvents South Korea summit.

2:30pm GMT: G Suite for Education to support literacy inside and outside of the classroom
Samuel Mahoney, Deputy Curriculum Leader for English, Uckfield Community Technology College

How we use G Suite for Education to support students with literacy difficulties at Uckfield Community Technology College. This talk will include how I use the Read&Write extension, voice typing into Google Docs and the Google Dictionary extension help to support those who find literacy a barrier to learning.

Recommended Americas Sessions:

1:00pm EST: #ItTakesATeacher panel: teachers and their students
Moderator: Jennie Magiera, Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62
Panelists: Kevin Brookhouser, teacher at York School; Maria Stanica, student at York School; Rafranz Davis, Executive Director of Professional & Digital Learning, Lufkin ISD; Andrew Bradford Adams II, student at Lufkin ISD

Hear lessons from educators about their journeys to become high-tech districts. They share their approaches to improving teaching and learning with the help of technology. And hear from their students who have benefited from these innovative teachers.

1:30pm EST: Improving writing and research with G Suite for Education
Kasey Bell, Digital Learning Consultant, Region 10 ESC / Shake Up Learning

G Suite offers a variety of features to support writing skills. We will explore using G Suite, Add Ons & Chrome extensions that allow teachers to not only give critical & timely feedback, but also leverage additional features & tools to enhance peer editing & collaboration, improve research skills & cite sources.

1:30pm EST: Hacking 1:1 with Google tools
Kyle Brumbaugh Director, Professional Learning Network, Krause Center for Innovation

How does teaching and learning change when every student has a device? What things can you do to get the most out of your devices and the powerful things they can do. Come and find out some of the things you can do to make your life easier and allow your students to become content creators and curators.

2:00pm EST: G Suite for Education - an administrator’s BFF
Randy Lyseng, Assistant Principal, Edmonton Public Schools

Are you looking for some effective ways to engage teachers, parents and students? Come see some innovative ways in which a geeky administrator uses G Suite on a daily basis with the school community.

3:00pm EST: All the answers in Google Sheets
Chrystal Hoe, Technology Coordinator, Hopkinton Public Schools

Many times we look at spreadsheets and it is scary. See how to easily manipulate data, how to make easy graphs and calculations, and learn a few tricks along the way!

3:30pm EST: Effective formative assessment with Google tools
Amy Mayer, CEO, friEdTechnology

Assessment that informs teaching is a critical element for success in any classroom, but the monster of time often gets in the way of this effective strategy. Let's discuss some effective ways to quickly assess whether our teaching strategies are working using Google tools.

4:00pm EST: Fantastic feedback tools for Google Docs
Eric Curts, Technology Integration Specialist, SPARCC

In this session we’ll explore great tools to provide feedback to students that is more detailed, engaging, & personal, including Google Docs text comments, voice comments with Read&Write, video feedback with Screencastify, & natural handwriting feedback with the Google Classroom mobile app.

4:00pm EST: Media literacy in the digital age
Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator, Parkway School District

Literacy has traditionally centered on reading & writing but in the Information Age everything has changed. People must be comfortable using all media through which we tell stories & share information. This session will explore how literacy is changing & what it means to be media literate in this digital age.

4:30pm EST: Hanging out with the Google Classroom experts
Panelists: Heather Breedlove, Technology Integration Coordinator, Flagstaff Unified School District; Susan Herder, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View Public Schools; Kimberly Mattina, Technology Integration Coach/Google Certified Trainer, William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing; Michael Fricano II, Google for Education Certified Trainer, NJ

Now is your time to ask an expert and get your questions answered- there will dedicated Q & A time for you to submit questions. Learn some favorite tips and tricks for Google Classroom from the Google Classroom Experts team.

5:00pm EST: Globally minded students
Dominique Dynes, Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam

Get your students connecting to classrooms around the world and watch the learning grow leaps and bounds. When students can collaborate with international peers, not only does it create an authentic learning experience it motivates students to open up their global mindset.

5:00pm EST: It really IS possible to achieve #InboxZero: an introduction to Gmail and email management
Jeffrey Bradbury, Coordinator of Technology Integration, Westwood Regional School District TeacherCast LLC

Learn how to put more time in your day by reducing the time spent looking through your inbox because after all; “A Clean Inbox … is a Happy Inbox!”

6:00pm EST: Meet the new sites
Lisa Thumann, Director of Professional Learning, EdTechTeam

Take a tour of the NEW Google Sites. See what domains can do at this point with it and talk about what is potentially to come.

We hope you enjoy the sessions! If you attend any, please share your thoughts in the comments below.


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