Jason Carroll

Further your CA Google Summit Experience at #GAFEtalk

This year the EdTechTeam’s California Summit featuring Google for Education will once again take place in Palo Alto, CA. While last year’s summit included well over 1000 attendees, this year looks to be even bigger as it will stretch over two weekends (July 11-12 and July 18-19) in sunny California.

In addition to the jam packed weekend sessions, Texthelp will be hosting our 2nd #GAFEtalk event at the Sheraton Palo Alto on Friday, July 17th. This event gives summit attendees (and other California educators) access to a full day of great content, insightful speakers, free software and even lunch!


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So what is #GAFEtalk and why should California educators attend? I’ve listed the top reasons and what to expect below.

The Content

The state of California has one of the largest English Language Learner (ELL) populations in the nation. While the state average is around 23%, many individual schools districts within California have a much higher percentage of students learning in their second language. There are at least 60 languages spoken by California ELL students at home, which makes receiving support outside of the classroom difficult.
California has one of the largest ELL populations in the nation
In addition, over 10% of California students have been identified as having a disability, and according to the Nation’s Report Card over 70% of 4th and 8th graders are reading below proficiency.

It is because of these stats that much of the content at GAFEtalk will focus on supports for English Language Learners, digital tools for struggling readers and writers, and apps and extensions designed specifically to assist with literacy improvement.

The Speakers

GAFEtalk will kick off with a motivating and informative session by Monica Martinez Director of Professional Development for US and Latin America for The EdTechTeam. She is also a Google for Education Authorized Trainer and Administrator. Monica now lives in the US, but was born in Mexico and understands the ELL journey first hand. In her opening keynote, she will bring to life what ELL learners face today and will share promising supports for all learners.

In addition to Monica, Alexandrea Alphonso from Google for Education will be in attendance to take participants through the ins and outs of Google Play for Education for all of you tablet users out there. I will also be on hand to provide software demonstrations of several Texthelp supports aimed at struggling and emerging readers and writers, and share professional development resources for those looking to continue their learning after the GAFETalk and Google Summit events.

Last but certainly not least, our own Nora Trentacoste will share how many of the software supports discussed can help users both during and in preparation for assessments. This includes both formative and summative assessments, including the Smarter Balanced end of the year assessment that takes place in California.

The Software

While the content and lineup of speakers should be more than enough to excite any educator in or around the Palo Alto area, all attendees will also receive free software from Texthelp. This includes our top supports such as:

  • Read&Write for Google Chrome™ – A Google Chrome extension for Macs, PCs and Chromebooks that makes the web and common file types accessed via Google Drive more accessible with common assistive technology supports such as text-to-speech, word prediction, talking and picture dictionaries, and more.
  • Read&Write for iPad/Android – Read&Write for iPad and Read&Write for Android make the most popular features of Read&Write accessible for tablet users, with a fresh, friendly keyboard interface that’s perfect for learners of all ages.
  • Fluency Tutor™ for Google – An easy-to-use reading and assessment tool for Chrome and Android tablets that helps teachers support early and struggling readers.
  • Teach for Google™ – Texthelp’s newest offering, Teach for Google, is a cloud-based professional development platform that helps educators increase student achievement for diverse learners, using proven tools and strategies within the Google Apps for Education environment.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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