Today, Burlington Public Schools hosted a team of eleven engineers from the Google office in Cambridge. Engineers arrived around 8:00 a.m. and visited approximately eighteen classrooms throughout the district. The purpose of their visit was to observe our teachers’ instructional strategies and learn more about how Google products and services can be used to enhance teaching and learning. After visiting a variety of classrooms at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, engineers gathered at the high school and met with students and teachers from a variety of academic departments in Q & A round table discussions.
During their stay, the Googlers were able to gather a tremendous amount feedback from both students, teachers, and instructional technology specialists, on how they can improve their education products and services. Teachers and students shared their ideas on specific ways Google apps could be enhanced to impact teaching and learning. It was very exciting to hear students provide Google engineers with feedback on products including Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Classroom, Hangouts and more.
I’d like to extend my thanks to the entire BPS EdTech Team, building principals, and the teachers within our district who volunteered to be observed during today’s visit and who took the time to speak with the Google engineers during Q & A. I’d also like to extend my sincere thanks to Marta da Silva, Program Manager for Android EDU, for working with me to make today possible. I’d also like to thank her entire team for making the trip to Burlington to observe all the great teaching and learning that is taking place in our classrooms. We hope you enjoyed your time in our district!
This opportunity stemmed from my involvement as Massachusetts Google Educator Group Leader. The Massachusetts GEG is an independent community of educators who inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology both in the classroom and beyond. Via face to face meet-ups and online activities, GEGs provide a way for educators who are passionate about education and technology to meet like minded people and share, learn, and collaborate together.
So far, the Massachusetts GEG has held two virtual events, one discussing Google Classroom and one demonstrating the use of the tool Timeline JS which uses Google Sheets as its foundation. Our third virtual event is being held tomorrow and it will be a discussion centered around the use of student tech teams to support Google Apps for Education environments. We held our first face to face event back in August at the Google office in Cambridge. I hope to host many more events, both virtual and face to face, over the course of the school year. My goal as the GEG leader is to bring educators together from all content areas and grade levels to discuss how we can provide students with the most engaging and relevant education possible. For those of you who wish to become a part of this community, you may do so by clicking here.