Issue No. 77 | Date: October 27, 2022
Local Success Stories from GEG
Bring your community together to collaborate
GEG Ahmedabad Celebrating 2nd Anniversary
GEG Ahmedabad turned 2 on 4th October 2022. It has been a rewarding journey with nearly 3000 members online and over 100 videos on the official YouTube Channel with more than 850 subscribers and 100 mentors delivering core knowledge and skills with the members of the GEG Community.
We had the celebrations on Saturday 8th October, with a virtual party, where most of the members, prominent educators, other GEG leaders participated and shared their feelings for GEG Ahmedabad.
GEG Ahmedabad had played a phenomenal role during the pandemic delivering weekly PD sessions for educators free of charge and enabling educators to work with remote teaching and learning. GEG Ahmedabad and the founder Dr. Vishal Varia also helped over 4 schools to start using Google for Education Workspace so that they could implement remote teaching and learning methodically in their schools
The meet was full of feelings and confessions from educators who benefited from the PD sessions of GEG Ahmedabad. Not only this we had presence of many GEG Leaders of India and abroad, who contributed their time and expertise with the fellow educators. The best part was knowing how the journey was so far by the leaders Dr. Vishal Varia, Deepti Vyas and Payal Rachhadia.
GEG Ahmedabad acknowledges the contributions made by so many during this journey so far. Thank you.
Be Internet Awesome With Interland
Today’s children are digital natives. They are born with devices in their hands and love to remain connected to the online world. Although parents and teachers make the utmost efforts to teach children real world ethics, they often downplay the inculcation of cyber safety and ethics. The lack of knowledge to navigate the digital world makes them vulnerable to cyber threats. The only way to mitigate the risk of cyber threats is to remain educated about them.
Google has come up with a wonderful gaming initiative – INTERLAND to apprise children of dos and don’ts to stay safe in the digital world. Interland is an online adventurous game that teaches players key lessons of digital safety. Anyone from age 8 to 80 years can play this game with ease. It has four challenging games Reality River, Mindful Mountain, Tower of Treasure, and Kind Kingdom which contain puzzles, quizzes and challenges related to online threats. Battling cyberbullies, hackers, and scammers help players understand the tips of being safe online and to use digital spaces ethically and responsibly. Earning badges and receiving surprises along the way keep players excited and engaged.
With a tagline, “Embark on a quest to become a fearless explorer of the online world” the game equips players with a driver's license to navigate the digital world safely and smartly.
#GoogleSlowChat - Importance of Coaches
Leading your GEGs
Spotlight on a GEG leader : Mimma Sayuti Mat Khalid
This month’s spotlight is all about Mimma Sayuti Mat Khalid the leader of GEGPetalingJaya. You can follow her on Twitter @mimmasayuti
How did you initially get involved in your local GEG?
I was one of the first group of leaders of GEG in Malaysia in 2015. My institution has been using Google Applications for teaching and learning since 2014.
What is the most memorable GEG moment either online or in person?
What is your favourite thing about being a GEG leader?
To be among the network of like-minded people who practice and share effective approach, strategies of using digital technologies for teaching and learning. Most importantly, GEG Communities are always encouraging each other, and are always open to new ideas and challenges, wherever they are. That’s the spirit of Googley Families!
Individual professional development opportunities
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Save the date
GEG Slow Chat November 21st
If you want to schedule some responses if you can't make the date here are the questions:
Q1 Would you rather teach online forever or teach in person with no technology at all?
Q2 Why is it important to include SEL in our day-to-day routines at school?
Q3 How can we build community and promote a positive learning culture in the classroom?
Q4 For students to own their learning journey, we need to help them reflect on this process. How can we empower children to set and establish goals?
Q5 SEL in the classroom: share your best practices with the community
Latest Google updates
You can now reply directly to any message in new spaces and some existing spaces. This creates a separate in-line thread where smaller groups of people can continue a conversation on a specific topic.
You can find and navigate to the threads you’re following or where you’re specifically mentioned with a new thread panel on the right side of the conversation. Visual indicators, such as a badge for the number of replies, direct@ mentions, and when a message is deleted within a thread, will help you stay on top of the latest activity in any given thread.
You can now split table cells into a desired number of rows and columns in Google Docs. For example, you can create subheading cells by splitting the cell under a heading cell into two columns. We hope this highly requested feature improves upon your ability to organise information with tables in Docs.