Besides Microsoft, I also spent a good amount of time at the conference at events sponsored by Google. First up was a special breakfast for Google for Education Certified Innovators (the new title for Google Certified Teachers) and developers. This breakfast gave me a chance to hear about upcoming projects from Google and third party developers for Google add-ons. During the following days, I attended two more special events and learned about some amazing features that all teachers will appreciate once they become public. I wish I could share now, but I was sworn to secrecy. Just know you will love it when Google releases these new updates for Google Apps for Education.
presentation on simplifying communication. I was able to take the artwork home. I then spent two hours answering questions and talking to people about Google tools. I meet some really cool educators from around the world including a group of three ladies from Guam. I also finally meet a ton of educators I have known online for a while. The best meeting was Nick, a theater teacher that encouraged me not to give up after being rejected from GTA on my first try.
Mobile Beacon, a company that helps bring high speed Internet to non-profits for reasonable costs. I'm not sure what kind of laptop yet because they are mailing it, but it's still awesome that I won something so cool.
FAVORITE ACADEMIC TAKE-AWAYS
- How to use Microsoft OneNote
- Upcoming releases for Google
- How to correctly use features from Study Island
- Warrior Tech - a concept for a student run computer science program
- New (to me) websites and programs I didn't know about
FAVORITE SWAG TAKE-AWAYS
- Google Cardboard
- Google portable phone charger
- Google Certified Innovator pin and bag
- IPEVO Interactive Whiteboard System
- Tshirts from multiple websites I use in the classroom