Monday, March 16, 2015

Unleashing The Power Of the Web in Education

"I often start presentations with the idea that education is a silver bullet. I believe the reason we all care about, and are passionate about education, is because we all understand the importance of being educated and what it can do for us. The idea that “you need an education” applies to all classes and across all the ages. This is especially true if you are born into a cycle of poverty...Today, this idea is in serious trouble. Lots of recent data suggests that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is getting wider, which of course threatens the idea of education as a silver bullet. I’m afraid this could just become the norm, accepted culturally as just the way things are. If this happens, we’ll never be able to capitalize on the amazing potential education has to change families...How long do you think that will be sustainable? Education as the silver bullet is part of who we are. Our nation’s identity is made up in large part by the concept of opportunity. If you give me the opportunity, I will succeed. We need to restore that concept in education and give every student access to those silver bullets." (from Jaime's blog)
Jaime Casap, Senior Education Evangelist at Google, delivered a Distinguished Speaker presentation at SXSWedu in March challenging attendees to thinking about the relationship with children and the web. His thought-provoking presentation examined how the web is central to new learning models that will help educators and students discover, collaborate, create, and transform what learning will look like for generations to come (from SXSW Edu website).
Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and Google tools in and out of the classroom. He helps educational organizations across the world find ways to utilize these tools in support of new learning models. His team is responsible for bringing tools to administrators, teachers, and students across the globe.
- Go to Google Education
- Watch How can Google products enhance the study of a literary text?

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