6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology

google plus on airGoogle has jumped feet-first into the world of education and we’re all going to benefit. They’re currently wrapping up a lengthy series of Google+ Hangouts that featured notable educators and thought leaders discussing the current trends and tips we should all know about.

From professional development to using YouTube in the classroom, there’s a hangout for everyone. Since I love education technology (and hope you do too), I figured it would be helpful to raise awareness of some recent Google+ Hangouts all about edtech.

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Technology is growing extremely fast, while the time teachers have to learn is growing extremely scarce.  For this reason I have been playing with flipping the professional development model and start offering more on-you-own-time training, then use in-person training time to actually create and play.  In this session I will cover some professional development strategies I have used as well as some resources you can access.

Audience

  • Suggested audience: Educators, university and continuing education, IT leads, School and district leaders, people who support educators
  • Prior experience or knowledge: N/A

Logistics

  • Time: 2pm Eastern
  • Session hashtag: : #gapd
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

Presenter
Bjorn Behrendt
IT Coordinator, Vermont, USA

Blended Learning

Join us to learn more about how you can use the suite of Google solutions to build a low cost or even no cost blended online learning academy in you institution. This interactive conversation will include Google Apps for Education, Google+, and partner products from the Google Apps Marketplace. Online learning has become a responsibility of all schools and universities and this session will give you many resources to help start your journey.

Audience

  • Suggested audience: Anyone
  • Prior experience or knowledge: N/A

Logistics

  • Time: 3pm Eastern
  • Session hashtag: #blended
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

Presenter
Rich Kiker
Director of Online Learning, Pennsylvania, USA

Digital Literacy & Citizenship

In this Hangout, moderated by Kelly Mendoza of Common Sense Media, you will hear from a panel of educators who emphasize digital literacy and citizenship in the work they do with their students and other teachers. Topic covered will include Digital Citizenship in Practice, Sharing practices in Digital Citizenship, and Digital Citizenship in Schools: The Possibilities. We look forward to seeing the questions from the audience to shape the conversation accordingly.

Audience

  • Suggested audience: Anyone
  • Prior experience or knowledge: N/A

Logistics

  • Time: 4pm Eastern
  • Session hashtag: #digcit
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

Presenters
Moderator: Kelly Mendoza
Common Sense Media

 

Teachers As Innovators and Entrepreneurs

In this hangout, we will share how teachers and other educators can develop key innovation skills. The skills of empathy, unbundling and prototyping are core to becoming entrepreneurs.  In this interactive conversation representatives from 4.0 Schools will convene with their partner companies, including StartUpWeekend NYCEDU‘s top 3 winners Classroom Blueprint, Dash and Kinobi.   Also joining the hangout will be representatives from successful EdTech startup Kickboard, and new charter school Bricolage Academy.
Our goal is that all who join leave inspired to start their own venture and with a clear idea of where to begin.

Audience

  • Suggested audience: Anyone
  • Prior experience or knowledge: N/A

Logistics

  • Time: 5pm Eastern
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

Presenter
Josh Densen
Founder, Bricolage Academy, New Orleans, USA

Digital Natives at The Gates: Giving in to 21st Century Learners is Not the Same as Giving Up

The students at the University Laboratory School in Hawaii have staged a coup. Like a scene out of Lord of the Flies they have begun demanding technological tools to meet their needs as individual leaders and have left their teacher powerless (so they think) in the wake of their rampaging.

This session will give you a look into an actual 7th grade classroom to see how students are adapting Google Apps for Education to facilitate their own learning. With the use of videos, student artifacts and 7th grade student presenters we will see how kids decided to take back their education and what has been the result.

Audience

  • Suggested audience: Anyone
  • Prior experience or knowledge: N/A

Logistics

  • Time: 6pm Eastern
  • Session hashtag: : #digitalnatives
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

Presenter
Brendan Brennan
Educational Architect, Hawaii, USA

 

Building Tomorrow’s Innovators and Leaders with Robotics

 

Robotics is an exciting opportunity for students to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Students work in teams to design, build, and program robots while developing business savvy and self-confidence. Warning, robotics is very addictive and once you see the impact it will have on students and your community you will find it hard to stop!

Audience

  • Suggested audience: K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Parents
  • Prior experience or knowledge: N/A

Logistics

  • Time: 8pm Eastern
  • Session hashtag: : #omgrobots
  • Conference hashtag: #eduonair

Presenters

Phil Wagner
Teacher & resident at Google, California, USA

1 Comment

  1. Erica

    January 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    When are these sessions? I can’t access Google Sites from my current location (Turkey).