Teachers learn Google tools to support student learning at South

Teachers learn Google tools to support student learning at South Plains Summit

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Teachers are putting their own minds to work in technology training.

More than 300 educators from across the region are learning to navigate Google Apps for Education and other tools to use in their classrooms at the EdTechTeam South Plains Summit this week.

"We've got educators from all around the region that have come to spend two days with us learning and not just about Google tools, but how to implement technology into the education space," Monica Martinez, educational consultant with EdTechTeam, said.

This is the fourth year the summit has been organized in Lubbock, Martinez said. Educational technology showcases other ways to learn.

"The technology now allows us to be able to engage the student in ways that really allows them to be immersed in the actual learning experience," she said.

It is a big plus for students, she said, as not everyone learns the same way.

Cary Fulgham, digital learning coordinator for Lubbock ISD, said this year's summit is focused on creation. The sessions include demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

"We're teaching some Google Docs and Slides and those kind of things," Fulgham said. "What we'll do is we'll teach them the basics of it and how to use something, and give them a chance to create something. So, hopefully...they're taking something away that they can automatically use."

Summits like these are increasingly important, Fulgham said, especially for students. 

"The students that we're affecting in the education system now are headed for a career that's going to involve technology in some way," Fulgham said, "and so we really just want to be able to provide them with the tools that they're going to need to be successful."

To help students, she said this technological training must be passed on to as many teachers as possible. 

The summit continues Thursday, June 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Lubbock High School, located on 19th.

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