There seems to be a lot of angst towards the giant Google at times but reading Jennifer’s blog post provides a very personal touch to Google. They actually care that their educational products can and will make a difference in the life of teachers and students – our future depends on equal and fair access doesn’t it? How can we teach and provide the opportunities to learn about the demands the future will present to our young people if we don’t have the vehicles to drive them?
I have recently downloaded Jenkins (2009) work “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture” where he points out the skills that our young (I dare to add older) people will need to acquire in order to engage in the way our global culture interacts with each other and technology/media. Do we remain ignorant and pretend that the internet, social media and social networks will remain confined to a horse and carriage mentality? How will this help future generations?
Thank you Google for attempting to create a space for learning that has no boundaries and that at least tries to go from conceptualizing to realizing the skills that Jenkins views as instrumental for our human progress.
Read them here for yourself (free to download):
I am beyond excited for the first face to face event for members of the Massachusetts Google Educator Group! Our event is taking place tomorrow, August 28th at 3:30 at the Google Office in Cambridge. Approximately 30 MA GEG members are attending. We’ll have the opportunity to the tour the Google office and speak directly with members of the Google for Education team. The spotlight products we will be discussing include Google Play for Education and Google Classroom.
I’ve been fortunate to have early access to Classroom, and over the past two days, I’ve been able to share how the product works through a presentation and live demos with my colleagues in Burlington at our annual three day professional development conference. Overall, the response to the product district wide has been positive. There are already teachers and department heads at the elementary, middle, and high school who are going…
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