Issue No. 58 | Date: November 27, 2020
Local Success Stories from GEG
GEG APAC Weekend
GEG Asia-Pacific proudly presents its third regional-wide online learning event for educators to learn from each other! We have workshops and panel discussions offered in a range of languages for all. Join us on YouTube to learn and inspire! Use this link to find sessions in a language in which you want to build your professional learning experience!
In the run up to the end of a very challenging year don’t forget to look after yourself so that you are able to also help others. If you find you are not taking regular breaks then you could try Google's Mindful Break app.
Mindful break is a free Google extension with two functions. First to remind you to take a break at certain times and second it offers mindfulness tips and breathing exercises to calm the mind.
Install the extension, Set the intervals that you want to be reminded to take a break such as every hour or at a specific time each day. You can even set it so that it only notifies you during work hours. Decide on the type of notifications you would like. It's aimed at those people you spend a considerable part of the day at a screen as we are the ones who are often guilty of not actually moving from the screen during our breaks.
The breathing exercises are just 1 minute long and it allows you to make the box full screen to avoid all other screen distractions.
Install the extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mindful-break/onjcfgnjjbnflacfbnjaapcbiecckilk?hl=en
Bring your community together to collaborate
GEGAPAC event December 4 - 6, 2020
Educators around the world are all in a similar situation and are trying to find ways to face and overcome the challenges we face.
There is a wealth of resources available online and it is overwhelming for educators. #GEGAPAC saw this situation as early as March, that is why we had the 2nd #GEGAPAC event last April 17 to 19, 2020. On December 4 to 6, 2020, #GEGAPAC we will be having our 3rd simultaneous events.
#GEGAPAC understands the uniqueness and diversity of educators. Not all educators are comfortable with the English language, that is why we want the event to be inclusive! The sessions will be done in different languages! You can share using the LANGUAGE you are most comfortable with.
All educators are invited to share anything that will help educators, students, and parents in online distance learning.
Together we shall overcome these challenges.
Google for Education - Deck of Cards
This deck of cards is a funny way to incentivize educators to explore possibilities with Google for Education universe. It includes G Suite tools’ tips, suggestions of activities and programs available for the community. The pdf file can be downloaded and printed. Suggestions of how to use the cards are included!
GEG On Air #29
Practical examples and tips from GEG Brazil Leaders - Vânia Flores (GEG Varginha), Clarissa Bezerra (GEG Brasília), Patrícia Regina (GEG Niterói) and Camila Schwarzer (GEG Porto União) - on how to redesign pedagogical practices with a Project Based Learning methodology. Find out possibilities to transform your classes into even more dynamic and engaging experiences: bit.ly/gegonair29. Thanks to leaders that shared their inspiring practices, including GEG Leaders that organized the meeting notes for this session: Rejane Cassiano Vieira Meneses (GEG Contagem), Carolina Soïdo (GEG Niterói) and Gisele Mendes (GEG Jacareí).
Ebook Experiences that transform - possibilities and lessons learned
To celebrate teachers' community and inspire educators everywhere, Google for Education Brazil consolidated an ebook with 18 activities and initiatives, for all educational levels. All these creative ideas were suggested by GEG Leaders that joined GEG On Air webinars in 2020. Find the ebook link here.
GEG Pune & GEG Ahmedabad
GEG Pune & GEG Ahmedabad conducted a 3 Day GE Level 1 Bootcamp November 6-8, 2020, There were over 180 registrations from educators around the world and India. The boot camp was a three-day event with daily two hours in the evening. Reshma Honap, leader for GEG Pune, worked along with Dr. Vishal Varia, Leader GEG Ahmedabad to make this event a success.
Mentors: Sangeeta Gulati, Murtaza Sinnarwala, Nayan Shah, Dr. Narjeet Kaur, Devaraj VD, Mrs. Deepali Medhekar and Mukta Sablok also helped in the event by contributing their expertise.
All the necessary tools and topics from the 13 units of fundamental training were explained in a brief to the participants to give them a kick start to their Level 1 certification journey. The Participants were also awarded with a participation certificate for the boot camp and relevant resources, videos and links that will help them continue their certification journey. Overall, it was a rewarding experience for all of us.
Our best wishes go out to all the participants and we look forward to hearing of their successes
Take a look at their Playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgYYpDCoImjhneK45Bq0xMKFn92OvwGSJ
Individual professional development opportunities
GEG Kansas Untitled Podcast
Untitled Podcast is part of the GEG Kansas Network. We created this podcast to spotlight and celebrate the awesome educators and leaders from Kansas. New episodes are scheduled to be released every Friday. You can find more information about Untitled Podcast at www.untitledpc.net
EPISODE #1 is now live! Dena Dellere shares the importance of students and teachers being good digital citizens.
You can listen/watch the episode here: https://www.untitledpc.net/2020/11/Episode1.html
or on Spotify and Google Podcasts.
GEG Colorado Schoology
HEY @Schoology users!
Last Saturday, November 21, 2020 10am MST, GEGCO & Melissa RIggs (@RiggsRealWorld) held a session about valuable tips and tricks for using Schoology!
Melissa has been a Schoology Ambassador since 2017 and is currently an Educational Technology Specialist for Instruction in Colorado Springs' District 49.
Watch the recording here: http://bit.ly/GEGCOSchoology
Twitter Chats with GlobalGEGau
Join #GlobalGEGau for their weekly chats .
To keep supporting educators in the use of Google tools, GEG Brazil is leading a series of short videos recorded by GEG Leaders to share how they use G Suite tools in their classes. The first series is related to Google Forms & Sheets.