In an age where students are sometimes teaching their teachers about technology, educators from across the globe are coming to Conway to learn about how Google can impact their classrooms.
The Google in Education Arkansas Summit will be going on Saturday and Sunday, giving teachers and administrations lessons in using Google Apps, Chrome tips and how Google Apps can work in tandem with Common Core.
Some participants arrive early on Friday for a pre-summit certification course.
"Being Google certified means you’re an expert in Google and Google Apps," said Dan Taylor, EdTech entrepreneur and founder of AppsEvents.
Taylor said Google has been proven to be a resource because it is free and easy to use.
Susan Gilley, executive director of federal programing and instructional technology for the Harrison (Ark.) School District, said Harrison is a Google Apps for Education School District and was excited to learn about how to utilize all of the tools available to them.
"The kids love it," she said. "It’s incredible to see what the kids are doing."
Keturah Rush, technology instruction specialist for the Monticello (Ark.) School District, said their district also "went Google" in August and the summit will help her communicate with the rest of the faculty and staff about how to use their resources.
"It was perfect timing for us," she said.
Wayne Bowring, technology coordinator at The American School of Bangkok, traveled to Conway for the summit. He said the Google in Education program has been hosted in Bangkok several years and he has seen benefits at several different levels.
"It’s very collaborative," he said. "Two years ago I had several teachers who said they were not ‘tech savvy.’ Now, they are Google certified."
The main conference will be Saturday and Sunday. Teachers and administrators from five countries and several states are expected to attend.
(Staff writer Angela Spencer can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-1212.)