Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Reflections on my First GAFE Summit: Toronto 2016

Recently I attended my first GAFE (or G-Suite now) Summit at the Crescent School in North York where I was also a presenter. It was so incredible, I feel like I’m still coming down from the learning high.

Not only did hundreds of people give up their weekend in order to learn, dozens of presenters shared so many of their ideas and resources with each other. It was an amazing experience to see people sharing for one purpose: to help students learn.

I loved how there was something at the summit for everyone: beginners, intermediates and geeky GAFE (sorry, I can’t call it G-Suite yet) users. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and thought that I might be completely out of my league, but it was great to see how many different learners there were around.

The keynotes were inspiring, and the sessions made me think about new ways to use the Google products I’m already using but in different ways. I loved the Demo Slam where very courageous people went up to give a 3 minute explanation of a great Google Tool they are using that others found amazing. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for more.

It’s so important for teachers to continue to be learners in their practice, not only so they can find new ways to empower their students, but also so they can feel what it’s like to be in the students’ shoes once again as a learner. There is no end point to learning, and it’s important to stay up to date with new ways to help students.

Amit Mehrotra
Instructional Technology
Resource Teacher
Peel, Ontario

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