Educators from All Over North America Converge on Coronado as CHS Hosts Google Apps for Education Summit Last Weekend

Posted by: Jennifer Landry 3 years, 3 months ago

Educators from All Over North America Converge on Coronado as CHS Hosts Google Apps for Education Summit Last Weekend

Over 400 Participants in Two-Day Event

Coronado welcomed educators from around the globe to the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Summit held on October 4 and 5, 2014 at the Coronado High School campus.  A total of 400 participants registered for this two-day opportunity to learn more about using Google Apps for Education. This sold out Summit was a huge success. 

All participants were thrilled with learning sessions such as "Using Dynamic Math with Free Web Based Tools" and "Digital Portfolios for Elementary Students."  (For a full list of sessions offered, click here: http://ca.gafesummit.com/2014/sessions-1)  As a bonus for hosting the summit, twenty CUSD educators were provided free entry to the Summit equating to $5,000 in professional development for district teachers.  "You could see and hear the enthusiasm for innovations in teaching and learning from all participants, no more so than from our own CUSD teachers who attended the Summit," said Senior Director of Learning and Instruction Claudia Gallant, "The ideas shared were designed for immediate implementation into student learning opportunities."

CUSD schools began using Google Apps for Education just over two years ago, and developed their own district domain to allow for ease of student use and Single Sign On capabilities with Haiku Learning.  Additional training in the use of the GAFE tools was incredibly valuable for attendees.  "Having Coronado Unified School District host the GAFE Summit allowed us the opportunity to use our resources in new and innovative ways," said Coronado Middle School science teacher Kevin Paiz-Ramirez, "Professional Development goes hand in hand with technology as we bridge our students into our connected world."

The Coronado High School campus provided a perfect setting in Coronado for visitors, many who travelled from afar to stay in local Coronado boutique hotels.  Visitors praised the beautiful Coronado Island town with its lovely restaurants and lodging.  Google EdTech Team organizers were so thrilled with the location of Coronado and the school site facility that they immediately requested to return in the fall of 2015.  

Click here for a photo slideshow from the event!

Coronado GAFE Summit Staff