Teachers gain tech skills at Summit featuring Google Apps for Education

Digital Bug coordinators at summit

ESD 112 hosted the second annual DigitalBug Washington Summit featuring Google Apps for Education August 10 where educators from around the state learned how to use Google’s tools and resources to enhance their classrooms. Summit attendees gleaned tips and tricks for using Google Drive, Google Maps, and Google Classroom, among others.

The event was organized by ESD 112’s Kristina Wambold and Katherine Livick who are two of just five Google for Education Certified Trainers in the State of Washington. In fact, they are the only Google for Education Certified Trainers employed by an ESD, making ESD 112 unique in its ability to offer this training opportunity for educators.

“The state has embraced Google Apps for Education and districts are craving training in one capacity or another,” said Wambold. According to Wambold, 83% of ESD 112 region districts are using Google Apps for Education compared with 72% statewide.

Last year’s inaugural event was so popular that ESD organizers will host four across the state of Washington.

Among the event’s presenters are teachers from the ESD 112 region who have obtained Google Education Certification.  These session leaders include representatives from Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Vancouver and Washougal school districts.

“Our presenters are educators who are teachers in the classroom, using the technology and sharing their knowledge with peers,” said Wambold. “That’s the power of the summit.”

Seven technology vendors participated in the summit, sharing tech tools for classrooms and donating door prizes for attendees. Visit our website for more information on Digital Bug and ESD 112 Google services, http://web3.esd112.org/google