GEG Communities


Issue No. 55 | Date: October 2, 2020

Local Success Stories from GEG

It’s newsletter time again and we are seeing many new GEGs launched and a huge increase in collaboration across the world. It’s wonderful to see articles featuring more areas of the globe coming through now, so thank you for taking the time to send them in. I know some of you have asked for events to be announced in the newsletter, but unfortunately sometimes there isn’t enough notice given to get them in before the event happens. We try our best, but if you could give as much notice as possible that will help enormously. Then don’t forget the important wrote up after the event has happened so we can all share in your success. Keep up the great work.

Welcome to the new GEGs

These new GEGs would welcome some followers so please help them out where you can:

@GEGPune, @GegJaguare and @GegObregon all joined Twitter recently so would appreciate your support.

GEG Events

Bring your community together to collaborate

GEG Kenya: Bringing The Benefits of Technology to Schools, Classrooms and Communities

The Kenya national newspaper, The Daily Nation, wrote that Google Classroom is now the most used educational platform in Kenya. The Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), which aims to build the capacity of mathematics and science teachers for effective classroom practices in Sub-Saharan Africa adopted Google Classroom for its continuous teacher capacity building.

When the Kenyan government closed schools in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an urgent need to continuously support the GEG Kenya community through remote and distance learning modes and initiatives. As a result, GEG Kenya members, leaders and other education coalition partners collectively organized bi-weekly edWebinars via Google Meet, to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic

GEG Kenya has seen tremendous growth in other various chapters and communities across Kenya : GEG Nairobi, GEG Mombasa, GEG Nakuru, GEG Kiambu and GEG Laikipia respectively.

The GEGs are led by an enthusiastic and inspiring team of Instructional Technology Coaches, notably: Bernadette Kiarie, Rosemary Onyancha, Michael Njogu, Grace Irungu, Samuel Mwangi, Clarice Bwanga and Fred Sagwe.

GEG Kenya, also collaborated with the American Spaces (Moi University-Nairobi Campus) to offer GSuite for Education virtual edWebinars to empower their members.

Read the full article here

GEG Pune India

GEG Pune leaders, Reshma Honap and Dr. Vishal Varia delivered a 60 min Google Meet session on how to work with Drive and Docs September 19 2020. A very inquisitive audience of 48 educators joined them for the session where they learnt about use of Google Drive and Google Docs and how to integrate it with Google Classroom.

Resham and Dr. Varia were very knowledgeable about the tools discussed and showed examples of how to collaborate with Drive and Docs and the audience participated in a live exercise with the tools. All participants were awarded an Attendance Certificate on completion of the feedback form.

GEG_PuneIndia was excited to have such a lovely audience of educators who are getting ready to work with the next generation.

Grow with Google: New online training for educators in Japan

In response to the growing need for digital skill acquisition, Google has been providing free digital skill training to Japanese people with "Grow with Google" since last year . Today, as a new content of Grow with Google, we released a free online training for those involved in education to learn how to use Google for Education.

The content is divided into four themes, focusing on content that can be used immediately in educational settings, and is introduced in video format. Local governments, teachers and parents can watch it on the web anytime, anywhere.

Training theme:

"First Google for Education"

We will introduce the basic usage of "Google for Education" with case studies and demonstrations.

"First distance lesson

Learn how to use digital tools such as Google Meet, which is ideal for live online lessons, and Google Docs, which allows you to collaborate remotely and in real time to make your work easier and easier

" Reform of teachers' work styles using G Suite for Education "

tips for improving efficiency through specific digital utilization methods. You can learn how to use applications that can be applied not only to class-related work such as distribution of assignments and collection of submissions, but also to school affairs such as contacting parents and managing work progress.

"Let's make together, future school"

Introducing the changes in school education that will change with the introduction of ICT and the changes to learning, school affairs, and communication with parents that will be realized by the tools provided by Google for Education, and education for all those involved in education and the future.

In response to the "GIGA School Concept" promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Google is supporting the introduction of a terminal environment for each student with the " Google GIGA School Package " consisting of Chromebook, G Suite for Education and free training . .. Approximately half of the municipalities and schools that have decided to introduce terminals through the "GIGA School Concept" have selected Chromebooks (as of August 2020). We will also set up a new introduction page about Google's support related to GIGA school, and accept applications for the free on-site training Kickstart Program to support the introduction of Google for Education .

GEG Learn

Individual professional development opportunities

GIGA Nice to meet you with GEG Chugoku and Shikoku gatherings

A free online event "GIGA Nice to meet you" will be delivered by 5 GEGs in Chugoku and Shikoku regions on October 4, 2020 13: 00 ~ October 4, 2020 16:00. They have capacity for 300 attendees and are expecting a huge response to the session.

Register here

Google Meet attendance reports available in G Suite Enterprise.

Organizers of G Suite Enterprise for Education meetings will now receive an attendance report via email once the meeting is over. Attendance reports will be generated for web or mobile meetings with at least five (and no more than 250) participants and will contain the following information for each:

  • Participant’s name

  • Participant’s email

  • Length of time a participant was on the call, including when they joined and exited