Sunday, December 2, 2012

Things we know to be true

Yesterday was the first day of the Google Apps for Education India Summit, which we are hosting at our school.  The day opened with a keynote from Suan Yeo,  the head of Google Enterprise Education in the Asia Pacific region, and with a welcome from Craig Johnson, ASB's Superintendent.  Craig focused on Google's statement about what they believe - he talked about how with a small change of wording or emphasis, this is what we believe as educators too:

  • Google says focus on user and all else will follow - educators say focus on the student and all else will follow
  • It's best to do one thing really, really well -  in this case Google searches, we teach
  • Google says you don't need to be at your desk to need an answer - we say you don't need to be in the classroom to learn - this is the education of the 21st century
  • Google says you can make money without being evil - we say we are teaching people how to do this every single day through being part of the most noble profession on the planet
  • Google says the need for information crosses borders - we say the need for information crosses disciplines - what we learn in maths is not only useful in maths - we have an interdisciplinary existence
  • Google says great just isn't good enough.  We say good is the enemy of great - as educators we know we can ne ver be good enough.  Our kids deserve the best and even better.

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