Wow, there could even be some joy found in dealing with a fewer number of trainees at an event. Only about 20 out of 80 people responded to and attended the Accra Event at British Council.
Date: 16th December 2014
Venue: British Council Auditorium
Present: Albert, Ben,Gideon, Mandi and Nathan
Participating Schools: 9 out of 40 invited (http://goo.gl/70Mk5F ).
Topics Discussed: EGD program, G Apps in teaching and learning, Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, HapaSIS (Sch. Management Software), Case Study of Al-Rayan International School and British Int. Sch, Ghana
Some schools arrived very early for the programme. While that was most adorable, the general attendance was poor. Most schools had their timetables changed abruptly. Hence, they were still writing exams on the 16th December, 2014- the day scheduled for the event. This made it impossible for them to be present at the event.
Introduction by Mandi Nanga ( Technical Program Manager)
The event opened with an introduction from Mandi. He explained how the Education Go Digital (EGD) program. He spoke of what has been done in other countries with regards to EGD. He also talked about why subscribing to EGD programs by schools are beneficial.
Attendees were taken through how the various Google Apps (Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Calendar) can help make teaching and learning more effective. Some documents were given them to continue the learning (http://goo.gl/WpHmTV ). The attendees were given the opportunity to practise what they learn. There were activity sections where each attendee used a Google App.
Al-Rayan International School and British Int. Sch, Ghana are already using Google Apps in their schools. Each of their IT personnel demonstrated how they use Google Apps in their schools and the benefits that have resulted by deploying and using G Suite for Education (Formally Google for Education) (Formally G Suite (Formally Google Apps for Education)).
- Though the attendance was very low as explained at the outset, participation in discussions and demonstrations was very good. This is shown in the feedback here (http://goo.gl/55E5i8 )
- Some attendees were concerned about security issues
- All the attendees saw an immediate need to deploy Google Apps in their schools
- Internet connectivity was still a concern for some schools
- The event will be repeated at Accra to allow for more schools to attend
- All the nine schools that came expressed an interest in using Google Apps