Google is determined to improve education through it’s educational products and this motivated the online search giant a global web conference recently. The international web conference, known as “Education on Air” was held on 8th and 9th May this year, where around 43,000 educators from over 12 countries participated.
Google’s Education On Air
The web conference was aired in more than 185 nations that were registered with Google. One of the prime goals of the event was that Google wanted to make sure that educators and students use their app and devices the proper way and to convey that these can help schools to accomplish academic objectives.
Researchers, school administrators and students led sessions during the conference and the topics ranged from the ways of visualising data with My Maps to improving the writing process with Google Docs. All of the topics during the sessions were recommended by educators. Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google, said the goal of the event was to encourage teachers to see EdTech as a means to an end. He said “Google would be involved education whether we liked it or not. Part of our mission now is to do our best to make sure our tools are being utilized in the best way possible.”
Here are a few highlights of the global web conference on technology in the classroom–
1. The event was started by a representative from The EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) revealing the findings of a recent worldwide education survey. Zoe Tabary, EIU editor, said that the 3 most desirable 21st-century skills in the present global market are:
– Communication –Teamwork –Problem Solving
2. Jamie Casap, Google’s Global Education Evangelist, said that technology should not be considered as a silver bullet for education. However, teachers can effectively use the power of technology to enhance teaching and learning. He said “Technology is an enabling and supporting capability. Our job as technologists is to make that technology easy to use, invisible, manageable and scalable.”
3. It was found by the EIU survey that only 28 per cent of students between 11 and 17 years of age claim their schools are effective at online lessons.
4. LeVar Burton focused on the importance of literacy and the advances made by his project, “Reading Rainbow,” in the sphere of digital media. He said “If you want to reach kids today, you need to be in the digital realm.”
5. Michael Fullan talked about 3 essential steps to re-engage education-
- Create change leaders
- Stop boring students
- Bring about change from the middle
6. Senior vice president of people operations at Google, Laszlo Bock, discussed about the 4 lessons for developing successful academic organisations. He said “Failure isn’t actually failure. It’s the single biggest learning opportunity our students have.”
7. Educator and film producer, David Puttnam, provided data that highlight the increasing gap between the perception of successful student preparation in academic institutes and in the job market.
Although the Education on Air conference is over for now, you can watch over one hundred recorded sessions online, segmented into 4 intended audiences (public, IT, administrators and educators).
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