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Google Summit succeeds at Pinkerton

By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent

July 27. 2015 9:33PM
With some coming from around the globe, pproximately 300 people turned out for the recent Google Summit at Pinkerton Academy. (Courtesy)



DERRY — Educators and participants from throughout the region and world turned out recently for the two-day New Hampshire Google Summit held at Pinkerton Academy.

The Google education summit focused on helping educators, administrators and school technology professionals learn more about the Google Apps for Education program in both the K-12 and higher education environments, said Jennifer Lowton, Pinkerton’s digital learning and education coordinator.

“It was amazing,” Lowton said of the event held last week. “Some of the world’s leading Google education experts taught about digital tools on a global scale.”

The participants supported and attended sessions, and learned about how to use Google apps “to enhance technology, to enhance communication and collaboration,” she said.

They also learned “how to become more of a global learning community versus simply learning within the bubble of our classrooms but to connect with other classrooms outside of Pinkerton,” Lowton said.

The summit also included several Pinkerton teachers as well as the high school’s feeder district teachers, administrators, and IT staff and Pinkerton’s own student-help desk.

Presenters and participants also came from outside of New Hampshire, including New York, Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts and the United Kingdom, and the Google and Education Apps team came from as far away as Prague and the United Kingdom, she said.

“So it was truly a global sort of event,” she said.

Organizers were expecting about 20 to 30 people for a small boot camp but ended up with 63.

The summit was so successful that a second one is already planned for July 20, 2016, at Pinkerton “because there was such great, positive energy of all the participants, Lowton said.

But before that event runs, a Google certification education boot camp is set for Oct. 17, in Pinkerton’s Astro Café, Lowton said.

This year’s event was put on by the Google for Education program group, AppsEvents. Pinkerton was selected as the location for the summit after Lowton sent a proposal to Google.

Pinkerton began incorporating more technology into the classroom last year and moved to add programs from Google.

With the addition of Google, students can work online on papers and other projects with their peers in other sending towns, Lowton said last year as she explained how the new technology works.

“Google is kind of like a network in the cloud where we can have resources so students can access their work, teachers can access their work — whether they are here, at home or anywhere.”


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