An after-action report on Tech Tuesdays February 04, 2020 at 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Gathering Place “Beyond Google Search: Google for Students and for Us”
Submitted by Mary Johnson
About 20 residents attended the special FearringtonEdge program on Tuesday, February 4, which featured Mr. Tom Mullaney from Northwood High School. Tom, the Digital Learning Facilitator at Northwood, discussed Google apps and capabilities which are available at no charge to anyone with a Gmail account. The same apps used by schools and universities throughout the world are accessible to all of us; with a little practice, we can explore the world from our armchairs, create our own digital maps and timelines, collaborate in real-time with friends around the globe and share our creations with our families or with the world.
Tom explained that, at Northwood, all students receive Google Chromebooks for their use during the school year. Focusing on the “Four Cs” — Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity — the curriculum helps Chatham County high school students to learn to exploit the tools and the research available through Internet connectivity. Those same tools, such as MyMaps, Google Earth, Google Images, Google Expeditions, and Google Keep are available to all of us.