Submitted by Fiona Beal
SchoolNet SA is pleased to announce our appointment as Google’s Education Partner in South Africa. We will be offering free GEG training workshops around the country as well as overseeing the formation of Google Education Groups (GEGs) in the different provinces. It is hoped to grow South Africa’s pool of voluntary GEG leaders (practising teachers who are ICT champions) from the workshop attendees. These GEG groups and the GEG training are part of Google’s worldwide strategy to help teachers enhance the use of technology in teaching. The groups when launched offer various events: GEG Socials, GEG ‘Getting to Know’ events, GEG Virtual (e.g. Hangouts), GEG Training/Workshops, GEG Speaker Meets, GEG Field Trip/Actives, GEG Conference/Unconferences, GEG Hackathons etc. GEG groups are springing up all over the world.
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In South Africa we have around nine GEGs that are in the process of forming, and others on the way. You are invited to join the GEG South Africa Google+ community which currently has 255 members at http://goo.gl/2fDXtN to keep abreast of what is happening.
We would like to invite any teacher, principal, administrator or anyone who is interested in technology in education to join us in this new venture and attend one of the Google Educator Groups (GEG) free technology-enabled education workshops for teachers which are currently being offered in various centres around the country. These workshops are a platform for participants to come, learn, connect and guide their peers and learners to harness the power of technology and especially Google tools.
It would be honour to have you interact with other like-minded technology-inclined educators and a Google-endorsed trainer during these hours as you discover an innovative use of the Internet and Google tools in and out of the classroom. If you would like to host training at your school or attend a nearby training when it is offered please contact Ms Omashani Naidoo at email@example.com