It's a free seminar given by the Outreach for South East Asia of Google to all teachers in selected areas in the Philippines. It was mentioned that it was a pioneer project by Google anchored in their hopes of building a community of educators who share, inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.
The workshop talked about the basics of google apps like the Gmail and Google Drive and how it can be utilized. The presentations are freely available on this site:
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1. The Google Like a Boss way of searching:
2. The research advance settings in searching and filtering in the Google Search Engine, how to narrow it down in terms of language, posting date, sites, usage rights, file type and reading level (this one, I really don't understand yet)
3. The Google Drive. In there, you can make documents (word), spreadsheets (excel), presentation (powerpoint) and forms (surveys, quizzes, etc) The best feature about it, is that files can be worked on simultaneously by users who share files. They can edit, update, restore files, all together. The users can also do research, and chat all at the same window! The power of collaboration boosted by the internet and google drive! All available to a maximum number of 50 users for one shared file.
When I talked with the VP for Cloud Consultancy as to what I was expecting for the workshop, the applications for tablets and anroid I can use inside the classroom, like educational games, math applications, flashcards, phonics and others, he said that those kind of apps are available at Play Store and Google does not really make those kinds. It is the third party developers who really do it and pilot it.
They introduced Google+, the social network developed by Google, I'm still trying to get the hang of it.
I had started loving Google Hangout more! It had been my way of communication with my older brothers. I had just known yesterday that in the Video party, 10 people can do a video conference all at the same time. Oh my! I can now imagine how our Christmas will be :)
All in all, the seminar workshop had been a great way to let the teachers know that there a lot of things that can make our work lives a lot more easier. THey just have to open up themselves to change and embrace the fact that we are now living in community that is widely dependent on and that the internet, whom they think is a rival for every kids' attention, is a friend and great tool, only if they are aware of those Google apps and other softwares that can be used in the classroom.