On July 14th a group of Westside Community School educators and leaders traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to participate in the 2016 Great Plains Google Summit. This two-day, high-intensity event focused on using Google tools to promote student learning. Nearly 500 educators experienced over 50 sessions on topics ranging from Google Apps to Chrome extensions to programming.
Westside staff came away from the experience with many incredible takeaways.
Meredith Chambers, a fifth grade teacher said the conference inspired her to develop student tech teams in her classroom. Some ways she saw this being effective in the classroom include; having students apply to the team to increase accountability and responsibility, and having a “built-in” student ambassador to help guest teachers with technology.
Lynn Spady who also attended the conference, said the knowledge she gained using two YouTube tools, “View Pure and Tube Chop,” will be especially useful in restricting students to watch only a portion of a video.
Matt Lee, Coordinator of Technology Integration stated all teachers who participated in the conference came home excited about what they had learned and ready to share their new-found knowledge with other teachers, staff and students in the district.
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