Wednesday, November 11, 2015

GAFE Conference - Reflections from Lisa Waters

Once again, the Google Apps for Education Summit (GAFE) has proven to be one of the best conferences I've attended. I say this because there are always so many rich and relevant take-aways that most attendees can apply right away in their classrooms. In my case, I walked away with a few new tech approaches that can be integrated into multi-disciplinary units for K-12. For example, using Google Forms to create a "choose your own adventure" story and Google MyMaps to bring learning right to the source.

The keynote presenter was spot-on with her insights and, staying true to the GAFE format, she was highly inspiring. At this conference, Keynote speaker Nicole Dalesio challenged attendees to consider "what really matters" to them and to bring that passion into their classroom. 

The really exciting part about this conference was that fact that five FHS Lower School faculty were selected to present! Danielle Muller, Bridget Kleintank and I presented, "Giving Younger Learners Choice with Digital Learning Menus," and Rob Taylor, Rachel Hinnant and I presented on "Creating a Community of Learners Using Google Sites." During each presentation, we shared real stories "from the trenches" and then engaged our audiences in hands-on learning. It was not only fun, but was a true testament to the highly professional and passionate​ teachers we have at Flint Hill.

Below are some photos.

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