Late last year, EdTechTeam launched a new program in emerging markets across Latin America - Impact Labs featuring Google for Education. The goal is to provide professional development opportunities to passionate educators that are looking to change their educational landscape in order to provide better learning experiences for their students. To date, we have launched six Impact Labs including one in Peru, Brazil, and Chile, and three in Bolivia.
On February 16 - 17, our team (Jim Sill, Dominique Dynes, Rushton Hurley, and me- Monica Martinez) met with the Peru cohort in Lima at Newton College, which consisted of educators from around the country. We're proud to report that all 25 regions of Peru (Amazonas, Arequipa, Ancash, Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Callao, Cusco, Huancavelica, Huanuco, Ica, Junin, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Pasco, Piura, Puno, San Martín, Tacna, Tumbes, and Ucayali ) are being represented in this program. Educators from international, private and public schools are participating.
“In my school, I used some Google apps without knowing it. When I started the event, I realized how important they are to generate learning in students and how easy they are to use. So I already have many ideas on how to use them in my classes.” -Maria Castillo
Through our partner the Embajada de Estados Unidos en Perú, 18 public school teachers were able to participate and can now take back their learning to so many other teachers around the country.
“I liked the themes, the presenters, the place and the welcome from the sponsors. I'm very grateful to the United States Embassy for this opportunity.” -Violeta Guevara, US Embassy Scholarship Recipient
|Photo Credit: Maria Ines Guillen|
Our work is far from over, as this is a year long program. Participants benefit from 12 online Google Apps focused courses, a 2-day face-to-face event, 2 Google Educator Certifications (Level 1 and Level 2), professional development tasks, and impact projects.
Not only are these educators looking to level up by seeking out their Google Educator Certifications, but they're willing and eager to launch their impact projects which include programs like starting a girls coding program, working on digital citizenship programs for both kids and parents, helping train other teachers and so many more.
Networking outside of classroom/school walls is a big part of helping these educators broaden their reach and share their stories. Breakout EDU, Chris Craft Hand Challenge, NextVista and #ImpactoEDU programs were featured as impact projects that attendees can participate in at a global scale.
Special thanks to our sponsors Texthelp and WeVideo who have further empowered our teachers by providing free access to their amazing resources. All Impact Lab attendees will receive premium access to these resources for a full year.
Participants of the Peru Cohort also received a copy of the newly released EdTechTeam Press book "Making Your School Something Special" by Rushton Hurley. This book ties directly with the mission of Impact Labs--to impact your educational community and share your story.
“Getting to work with so many teachers dedicated to making great things happen for their schools was wonderful. Foster and share your successes, and at your school, gather these to share with the community. In other words, let the successes inspire more successes!” - Rushton Hurley, Next Vista
Thanks to our friends Jack Fermon from Google, James Sanders CEO Breakout EDU, Chris Craft from EdTechTeam, Martin Niebuhr, and Alberto Grados Mitteenn for sharing their stories and for participating. To Rushton Hurley thanks for your vision and inspiration to make schools something special.
Shout out and thanks to Mr. Andy Cino and Victor Torres from Newton College in Peru for their support, facility, and leadership in helping us bring this program to Peru. Learn more about Newton College and the amazing things they’re doing for their students on their website www.newton.edu.pe.
The Brazil Impact Lab is up next. Find out more about this program and all the others at www.edtechteam.com/impactlabs.
There will be more to report as these amazing folks unfold their impact projects, but meanwhile I leave you with more pictures from the event.
Thanks to Google For Education for the amazing learning platform and tools as well as their participation in Impact Labs. EdTechTeam is an official Google for Education Professional Development Partner.