Submitted by Fiona Beal
Have you ever wondered what happens at a Google Educator Group (GEG) launch? Well they are all different but I would like to take you through a very exciting launch I attended recently, namely the Cape Town West Coast GEG which was launched at Parklands College in Cape Town.
What is a GEG group?
“Google Educator Groups (GEGs) are communities of educators who learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.” http://www.google.com/landing/geg/about/
Back to the GEG West Coast launch. The GEG leader who took the initiative for the launch was Tiaan Lotter from Parklands College.
The launch itself was run by three super-enthusiastic GEG leaders in the Table View Area namely Tiaan Lotter, Lindsey Durell and Arthur Preston – and what an inspiring, fun-filled and exciting event it proved to be – in true Google style! The 60+ teachers who attended LOVED it.
Highlights of the afternoon
When we arrived at the brightly decorated venue we were welcomed by the GEG leaders and we chose a group to join based on our choice of colour of sunglasses.
|The Elkanah House group
Tiaan introduce the GEG and the concept of GEGs plus future plans for the GEG. We then heard three SUPERB presentations. Arthur Preston spoke on ‘Úsing Google Tools in the Classroom’ and he shared his presentation with the group.
Lindsey Durell gave an excellent presentation on ‘Using Google Tools in the High School’.
Lindsay’s presentation can be viewed at http://goo.gl/hXvMQp
…and Anthony Peters gave a really good presentation on how he uses digital tools and Google tools in his lessons.
Highlights of the afternoon
Another highlight of the three hour launch was getting into teams to discuss real world solutions to problems and how to tackle them in the classroom across the curriculum using Google Apps. Each team was given a different problem to tackle and plan and then followed the report back. Great ideas emerged from this.
The event closed with the energetic GEG team highlighting some of their proposed events in 2015. All the attendees were requested to fill in a form if they required training in 2015… and of course, there was a group photo!
So, in a nutshell, what generally happens at a launch?
- Sharing great ideas
- Meeting new technology friends
- New ideas for the classroom
- Belonging to a group that can learn together and have fun meet-ups
- A glimpse into some of the exciting changes that are happening in teaching
- A place to ask ‘those’ questions.
- Learning how to collaborate with others
Why Should You Join a GEG?
“Learn. Share. Inspire. Empower. These four words represent the essence of GEGs. Educators will build relationships with other educators and gain the necessary skills to use open technology to deliver the best possible education to their students.”
Join the GEG South Africa community (http://goo.gl/glkhTU) and become part of the excitement in South Africa. See if there is a GEG group in your area and join up (the groups are listed in the GEG South Arica community).