John Calvert and were invited by Google to visit their NYC offices on December 1, 2010 to tell the story of how Google Apps for Education is a key tool in the 21st century learning transformations taking place in our district. Needless to say, we were honored and accepted the offer.
For nearly an hour, we shared our district’s story with an on-site audience of more than 70 people, as well as others from Google who participated via video conference. The value of our visit was the opportunity to share how forward-thinking district’s like Clarkstown, leveraging the free tools provided to schools by Google, can make a difference in the way learning takes place in our schools.
This was our chance to showcase to the engineers, product managers, UI designers, and support staff who develop and work on the Docs suite and Google Sites just how much of an impact their work has on student learning and collaboration. We shared the (ongoing) Clarkstown story, a model of how strong leadership, motivated teachers, adequate professional development and the right collaborative tools transform learning.
After the presentation and signing Non-Disclosure Agreements, we were invited to stay for the rest of the Google meeting and learn what was in store for the next few months. By allowing John and me to sit in on these presentations regarding the direction of various Google products, our district benefits greatly, as this information allows us to make decisions that would be otherwise impossible.
We look forward to continuing our collaboration with this industry leader, and believe that learning will continue to become more engaging and exciting for our teachers and our students. It is a bright future for Clarkstown!
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