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Guernsey to host the first British Isles Google Education summit this May

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The States of Guernsey in cooperation with AppsEvents is proud to be hosting the 2017 British Isles Summit featuring Google for Education taking place at Les Beaucamp High School from May 19th-21st 2017.

Google Apps for Education (recently rebranded as GSuite) is a powerful suite of tools that can enhance and support 21st century learning and the British Isles Summit is a fantastic learning event to support classroom teachers, school leaders and school IT staff.

“I am thrilled that the Google Education Summit will be held in Guernsey,” said Committee for Education, Sport & Culture member, Andrea Dudley-Owen.

“Significant effort and inroads have been made by Lucy Witham our Education Officer (Learning Through ICT) in ensuring that our children are benefiting from the use of technology and software applications in their everyday learning. Her efforts have almost certainly presented Guernsey with this fantastic opportunity and will put us on the global map as a digitally competent jurisdiction. It won’t just be our teachers and lecturers who will benefit from this Google Education event, but our whole community.”

Guernsey to host the first British Isles Google Education summit this May

Presenters will be flying in from around the world and across the US. All speakers are both practising educators AND leading Google EDU Experts. They will be joined by leading local Google educators to learn about using the latest technologies to enhance collaboration in the classroom and beyond!

In collaboration with the Island’s Digital Greenhouse, Google Educator Certification Bootcamps will be held on Friday, before the summit. For educators, the AppsEvents Google Educator Certification Preparation Bootcamps help educators incorporate Google tools in teaching and also prepare them for the certification exams. Many educators who complete both levels (1 and 2) of certification go on to become Google Certified Trainers & Innovators.

The summit will be a 2-day event featuring fantastic keynotes and several concurrent sessions catered to all experience levels and job roles. There will be sessions aimed at classroom teachers where you get to learn practical uses of Google tools as well as more generic sessions for anyone who wants to work smarter, improve productivity, and learn new ways to use technology in both their personal and organisational set-up. IT administrators and staff can also benefit greatly from the Google Summit.

Delegates will also be able to test drive the latest Acer Chromebooks including the latest touchscreen, convertible models that support the use of Android applications. As an official Summit Sponsor, Acer will give away a Chromebook at the Bootcamp & Summit.

Google’s highly acclaimed virtual reality initiative in education will be featured with Google Cardboard & Expeditions demonstrations and workshops.

For those Google Education enthusiasts who are experienced in some area of using Google tools in Education and are interested to apply to lead a session, the organizing committee is now accepting session proposals. Speaking is a really great way to raise your profile in Google EDU and EdTech circles.

Local educators will have the opportunity to attend and more information on how they can apply will be going out directly via the gov.gg website in the coming week.

For more information, please visit the official event website at http://guernsey.appsevents.com or contact Lucy Witham at lucy.witham@gov.gg