Google in Education
Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, NC)

Like peanut butter and jelly, Google Apps and Education are simply a perfect combination. This was evident this weekend (October 19 and October 20) as 140 educators traveled to Raleigh from as close as Chapel Hill and as far away as Bogota, Colombia to attend the 1st Annual North Carolina Google Apps in Education Summit.

“We were pleased to be able to jump in and partner with the EdTechTeam when they needed a host site here in North Carolina,” said Jason Ramsden, Ravenscroft’s Chief Technology Officer. “As a Google Apps for Education School that deploys Google Chromebooks in grades seventh through twelfth the partnership just made sense,” he continued.

The EdTechTeam hosts Google Apps for Education Summit all over the globe and offers professional development for schools covering a wide range of topics. According to the EdTechTeam website, the focus of the G.A.F.E. summit is to provide “high-intensity two-day events focused on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Tim Lee, Director of Technology for the EdTechTeam and consultant for AmplifiedIT, a Google Apps focused IT consulting firm in Suffolk, VA said, “Ravenscroft is the first host school to not only be a Google Apps for Education school, but also a chromebook school. When the host school is a lighthouse school for Google in Education it is incredibly helpful as it adds to the conversation about 21st century teaching and learning taking place over the two-day summit.” He added, “we look forward to partnering with Ravenscroft again in the fall of 2014 for the 2nd Annual North Carolina Google Apps in Education Summit.”

Attendee Karl Schaefer, Digital Learning Coordinator at Durham Academy, said of the experience, “The day I heard that there would be a GAFE Summit in North Carolina, I was ready to sign up. I attended the Pre-summit Google Apps for Educators Certification Boot Camp as well as the Summit taking the deepest dive yet into Google Apps for Education.  Today, I am more enthusiastic then I have ever been about the transformational potential that these tools and resources bring to education. In addition, being able to work with the educators and others who help lead schools around the globe with adopting and utlizing Google Apps for Education allowed me access to resources that will aid my school to do much more with our Google Apps for Education. Bravo for an exceptional experience and the chance to learn from the best.”

During this first North Carolina Google Apps for Education Summit attendees learned from a wide variety of presenters, including Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, and solution providers. Topics included:




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