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FETC 2017 – Impact of Google Tools in Education

January 26, 2017

fetc_desktoplogoC102: The Impact of Google Tools in Education

Jaime Casap


Chief Education Evangelist

Google for Education

Jaime had some technical issues with sound to start off, but he responded to it well. We were getting sound from another session, a pair of people talking. By about 10:13, the problem was solved and Jaime was able to start. Maybe 10 minutes in the problem came back, so Jaime’s audio was coming out here and in another room, and we were getting their audio. So the speakers and Jaime had a back and forth conversation, without knowing who each other were – Jaime pretending he was from the future.

Impact we have on students goes beyond the kids in our classroom. You will impact kids that you will never meet. Jaime used the example that his kids always assumed they would go to college, because their parents went to college, and then graduate school, because their parents went, even if they didn’t talk about it.

We’re talking about 21st century learners, and we’re already 17 years into the 21st century.

We don’t know exactly what the future will look like, but we know it does have to do with computer science.

Lots of computer science jobs, but very few schools actually teaching it.

The role of technology in education

What’s different today?

Science of learning – we have so much research to tell us about what works in education. So much that we’ve learned already

What did you do with technology today? Technology has wrapped around the core of our lives so much that we don’t even notice it anymore? Has anyone NOT used technology today? Remember when we used to have to call the Internet? And it could be busy??!!! Today we expect that it will work every time we need it. No matter where we are, or what we’re doing!

Generation z – is global, social, visual, and technological. Didn’t know the world existed before wi-fi! They may think you are going camping!;) But campgrounds often have wi-fi. We just assume that our students know how and what to do with it.

Skills needed in a technology world

We’re still asking the same questions, but the world has changed.

We still ask kids “what do you want to be when you grow up?” And yet we don’t know what the jobs will be. Maybe the better question is “what problem to you want to solve?” Then they are thinking about what is their purpose, how do they want to solve it, so therefore what do they want to master in order to solve it.

Iteration – is the result of critical thinking. Learning how to fail, we give them grades and assignments that have end dates.

Collaboration is how problems are solved. Education is setup as a single player sport, graded and assessed as an individual. We know they can get what they have memorized later. Education strategy is to have them work and solve problems all by themselves. Yet we KNOW that two heads are better than one, and we’ll be smarter together. Need ability to ask questions, listen, build consensus. To influence.

We need digital leaders. 82% of students couldn’t recognize the difference between the sponsored news article, and the real news article.

Need for a culture shift

We’ve put a lot of technology into our schools, now how do we adjust the culture?

Converting information into intelligence

How do we get kids to think about things deeper, rather than just memorize facts.

Student centered learning models.

Computational thinking -> Can see kids creating things, and see them accomplishing something. There is a myth that computer science is hard, and that we need to know 72 levels of math. Google ran through a group of superintendents doing csfirst -> If you can teach superintendents how to code, you can teach anybody how to code.

Nothing is more important -> Than the teachers in the classroom having the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they need.

Need iteration and innovation

Todd’s note: What is the difference between iteration and drills? There is a difference, but do our teachers know what it is?

Iteration and innovation drives transformation

Transformation has no end point

We are just getting started. It feels like we’re at the start. In 1995 only 1% of the world was online. Took 10 years to get to the first billion, 5 years for the second billion, and 4 years for the third billion. Only 40% of the world is online to date.

Jaime asked us to think about a 5 year old. What technology do we have? What is the best we have? This is the worst tech that a 5 year old will ever see. This is their commodore 64. 20 years from now they’ll find one at a garage sale, because “my dad had one”. They won’t believe that it had to be plugged in, for hours.



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