Issue No. 59 | Date: December 1, 2020
Local Success Stories from GEG
We know you are all working so incredibly hard to support your members and time is precious, but please continue to write and submit short articles for this newsletter. It helps leaders to see what is going on in other GEGs as well as their own and promotes the great work you are all doing.
Submit your articles here please https://forms.gle/8RVKLfvZBw9HZevo6
Bring your community together to collaborate
GEG Ahmedabad has been really busy. On Friday October 30, 2020 GEG Ahmedabad delivered a session on "How to register your school for GSuite for Education" and over 56 educators from different educational institutes joined the webinar and learned all about registering their school.
What a fantastic turnout for them. It looks like we will soon have many more schools enjoying the Google experience for their staff and students.
They also delivered a level 1 bootcamp on November 6- 8, 2020 with great feedback from the over 90 teachers that attended.
See the playlist here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL20BEvNvFlIFiK9rSIH1Xn5i68EBuXTHR
GEG Ohio and GEG UK
November saw GEG Ohio talk about the move to Google Workspace, the depreciation of Expeditions and Daren White from GEG UK showcased his MyEdTech Buddy #Via20 Google Innovator project.
GEG Brazil - GEG On Air #30
Accessibility and Inclusion with G Suite for Education tools was the subject of the 30th GEG On Air. Do you know how to easily create activities using Google Slides making them accessible to blind and deaf students? What are the simple tips for teachers to make students with disabilities feel included? All these and other special questions were answered live by Patrícia Regina - GEG Niterói, Danilo Batista - GEG Aracaju and Roberta Taffarello - GEG Vinhedo. Gisele Mendes - GEG Jacareí, Rejane Cassiano GEG Contagem and André César Gomes - GEG Olinda kindly supported us taking meeting notes at bit.ly/roteirogegonair30. Special thanks to you all!
Individual professional development opportunities
Google Arts and Culture
If you haven’t already explored this amazing site, it really is the time to do it. At a point in time where many are in lockdown and places of culture are closed, we can still visit museums online and learn about culture, people, places and artwork from our homes. Some of the activities and features on the site include:
Exploring artworks in high definition
360 degree videos
Weekly highlights into collections
Gaming experiments such as cultural crosswords, puzzle party and art colouring books
Exploring closed museums in street view
With the depreciation on TourBuilder and Google Expeditions, Google will also migrate many of the Expeditions VR tours to Google Arts & Culture’s free site and application so they are available to everyone. As Arts & Culture expands, the Google Expeditions app will no longer be available for download and Tour Creator will no longer be accessible on June 30, 2021.
If you download the app you can also play with Art Filter, Galleries and Art Selfies
9 Chromebook and G Suite for Education features to make learning more accessible
New features such as
Live Captioning in more languages; German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
When using kiosk mode for testing, Chromebook accessibility features are now more readily available.
Students can use voice commands to carry out actions in G Suite such as navigating, selecting, and editing in Google Docs, sending emails in Gmail, and joining or leaving Google Meet and customizable- like screen readers, magnification, and more.
Wow so many really useful features to make the tools more accessible to staff and students.