Saturday, July 19, 2014

GAFE California Summit, Highlights of Day 1

I was so fortunate to spend the day in my home school district at the EdTech Team California GAFE Summit.  GAFE is the acronym for  Google Apps for Education. Throughout the day, not only did I have the chance to attend four informative sessions, but also I had the opportunity to connect with many of my PAUSD colleagues, add other teachers, coaches, and admins to my PLN (professional learning network), and connect with friends from EdCamps, other conferences, and Twitter.  It was a fantastic day!  Rather than write a full reflection of my day, I'll share my three biggest highlights:

  • I learned that students can do a Google Search and select "Basic Reading Level" so the search returns only sites that are on the easier side for students to read.  This is a game changer for elementary students!  I can't even describe how this will impact our kiddos' research, information writing, persuasive writing, use of evidence, and much more!  Access means everything.  Thank you to Gail Desler for pointing out this trick! 

To find the Reading Level function, enter a search, click on Search Tools,
click on All Results, Select Reading Level-  Easy peasy!

  • My third and biggest highlight was connecting with educators from as close as my own school district to as far as from worlds away.  I truly believe that face to face discussions with others who are passionate about doing what's best for our kids is the best way to "reform" education.  Teachers, coaches, and administrators are the true facilitators of the change we need to see in education.  Real change can only happen from the inside.  We're making it happen.  The time is now. 

Thank you so much to the EdTech Team for putting on such a great day of learning and inspiration.  I'm looking forward to what tomorrow holds! 

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