Several hundred educators in this school district will be Googling into the weekend.
The district is hosting its first GAFE — a Google Applications For Education summit — and it’s a bit of a coup.
The two-day event at TRU is about integrating Google applications for K-12 learning. A team of Google education trainers is arriving to lead the way.
“Normally, they do not have summits in a city our size,” said Tracy Poelzer, district technology integration co-ordinator. “I think it’s pretty cool that Kamloops is on that list.
Poelzer was one of just two Canadian educators selected last December to attend training at the Google Teachers Academy in Palo Alto, Calif.
“When I came back, I was so excited, looking for ways to share this with other teachers in the district.”
The appeal of Google applications lies with the concept of open technology. They’re versatile and flexible with an added bonus — it’s free. Teachers use a range of software, but this one is valuable, particularly for collaborative projects. Teachers can work on the same documents simultaneously while in different locations, Poelzer noted.
“I’m the only technology co-ordinator in a district with 1,200 teachers. This summit was one way to make sure training is available to many people.”