Cross-posted from La Razón
Under the Impact Lab program, international experts trained Bolivian teachers in the use of Google's educational applications - free download - to give them new skills in the classroom
This is the first time that the year-long program is being developed in the country organized by Google Education and EdTechTeam.
Authorized professionals who gave workshops, lectures, and labs on Google's various tools-for education and social networking-were Mónica Martinez (EdTechTeam), Gabriel Muñoz, Kelly Kermode, Ana Elsa Ruvalcaba, Iván Martínez and Jaime Hernández (Business Development and Educational Partnerships).
The event was attended by about 400 teachers from the cities of Cochabamba, La Paz and Santa Cruz, according to organizers. The Impact Lab program lasts for 12 months and is blended.
Participants started the training process four months ago and learn to take advantage of the free download applications available on Google services to introduce them into the classroom.
The Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB) was the headquarters to receive the educators in Cochabamba and La Paz, and in Santa Cruz, the Private Technological University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Utepsa).
For teachers, I suggest the following tools: Gmail, for sending and receiving data; Google Calendar, for the organization, one can put documents and share them in groups working on common projects, Google Drive, to perform the same task (or several) from different places; Google Hangouts, for videoconferences, telephone, chat on shared screens; Snapseed, for photographs (professional management); Google Photos, for the classroom because it allows you to create albums and animated GIFs and everything is uploaded to the cloud; Stretwiew, to create content in 360 degrees; And Translate, to communicate in several languages. Ana Ruvalcaba
Language Teacher in Texas
Technology came into force with education 15 years ago, today they no longer want us to use books, but we believe based on online tools. Personally I use Google Drive, within which is Google Slides, with which I and the students create our presentations and share them, Google Sheets, to take exams; Google Docs, so that the students take notes, and Google Sites, to save information produced by the teacher to which the student accesses. Teachers are afraid to go wrong and erase everything because they are with the idea of storing it in a USB stick, but now everything is in the cloud.
Games are important in the classroom; Students need to know how to work together, communicate and collaborate, and the playful helps it as it is a learning tool with which students can display their various capacities. You can dedicate from 20 to 60 minutes of class to the games within the classroom. With these skills can be developed such as listening to the other, keeping students alert, generating discussion about how to join skills. I invite you to explore Time Worp, which is a game for the secondary level and adults, is for communication. We must know and use technology in the classroom.
YouTube Expert (Mexico)
YouTube is not only entertainment, it is information and training because one can be constantly informed without filters. It is also to share content, knowledge and experiences to the world. YouTube generates eight million videos daily. Some tips I suggest are: let people create your YouTube channels; Use this network as a medium for freedom of expression where it is needed; Be aware of what goes up, because we do not know where it comes. The common mistakes are piracy and uploading incoherent things. In education, teachers must understand that there are plenty of resources on YouTube to bring them to the classroom.