GEG Communities


Issue No. 76 | Date: September 27, 2022

Local Success Stories from GEG

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GEG Events

Bring your community together to collaborate

¡Happy two years GEG BUENOS AIRES!

September 6th 2022 was very special for the GEG Buenos Aires’ team because not only did we celebrate our second anniversary, we also held our first face-to-face event!

The program of the day, in line with our pillars of inspiring, sharing, empowering and learning, had the best ingredients: welcome breakfast, presentation of the GEG and its members to the more than 50 participants, training on PBL (Project Based Learning) by Laura Marinucci and Micaela Tegaldi, tips and various resources for each teacher's toolbox.

We chose to provide PBL training as a bastion to work on the 4 Cs of the 21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity).

Needless to say, we sang the Happy Birthday song and had some cake to celebrate such a special event.

We want to take a moment to thank everyone who made this event possible: Ticmas (who hosted us), La Clase Digital (who offered some gifts to be raffled among attendees), Elite Show Producciones (who lent us a 360° camera which was super fun!) and all the teachers who joined us to celebrate by doing what we know best: learning!

We would also like to thank those who sent us their birthday greetings in person or virtually. Here’s to many more live events and years sharing and empowering one another!

GEG APAC Quarterly Event for September Highlights 'Google Cool'

GEG Asia-Pacific has been adapting to event planning as we learn to live with the COVID pandemic. In September, 2022, three groups from across India, Japan, the Philippines came together to plan sessions in English and Hindi with the theme of 'Google Cool' - anything unique and exciting about Google tools that might inspire educators and their students. GEG Leaders from across the region shared a range of great ideas such as Google Arts & Culture for English classes, Chrome extensions you can't live without, Google ExpeditionsPro, tips and tricks with Google Sheets, ideas for Google Drawings, pixel art with Google Sheets, fun with Google Search, and a lot more! GEG APAC has moved to host quarterly events in multiple languages widely spoken across the region. Presenters are largely GEG Leaders but also encourage others to join, share, present, and inspire. Anyone interested in participating from any part of the world can contact a GEG Leader living in Asia to learn more about who we are, what we do, and connect with educators in our region.

GEG Asia-Pacific has revamped its website ( and is preparing for its annual signature event to be held January 14-15, 2023. A call for presenters is coming in autumn 2022!

GEG Nagoya Returns to Face-to-Face Events in Japan

Google Educator Group Nagoya has returned to face-to-face events! In August, 2022, GEG Nagoya hosted a relaxed pub night event in which all participants shared short 10-minute presentations. The theme was 'What have we learned during the pandemic?' Participants and GEG Leaders ate, drank, and learned new ideas. As the formal event wound down all participants found themselves using the house guitars and keyboard for an impromptu jam session, singing popular songs from decades ago.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic GEG Nagoya was presenting regularly online and provided in-person events. Throughout the pandemic, GEG Nagoya Leader Kunie Yamada proposed an idea called 'Moonlight Sessions' to be held online during the full moon each month. The group has made an effort to reach out to interesting people with great educational ideas and stories to share. While largely focusing on educational technology, Moonlight Sessions also highlight important themes like health and wellbeing and connecting with people across the globe. Each online session features an educator presenting in English or Japanese (and sometimes both!). By the end of 2022, GEG Nagoya will have had 24 specific broadcasts under the Moonlight Sessions banner.

While GEG Nagoya intends to continue online broadcasts, the team is thrilled with the return to offering face-to-face events that bring interesting people and ideas together!

GEG Leadership

Leading your GEGs

Spotlight on a GEG leader :

This month’s spotlight is all about Greta Sandler the leader of GEG Buenos Aires. You can follow her on Twitter @gret.

What is your role in the GEG?

We are a big team, and we all support each other with ideas, organise events and keep the community alive. What I love about our team is that all voices are heard, and we have lots of freedom to get involved in the tasks we feel are more meaningful for each of us.

I particularly love Twitter, so definitely…my favourite task is managing our Twitter account. Twitter is my go-to place for PD. I feel it's like a 24/7 staffroom. ❤️

Twitter for GEG: @GEGBuenosAires

IG: @gegbuenosaires



How did you initially get involved in your local GEG?
In 2020, I jumped into the Google Educator Certification adventure with Cande Durruty. We found out about GEG Buenos Aires and joined. We attended several events and slowly began to interact with its members. One day, we saw GEG Buenos Aires was looking for contributions for the GEGx15 series. GEGx15 showcases best practices and innovative ideas in 15 minutes. We shared our Slides-aholics presentation—such a powerful experience. We started delivering webinars and sharing our practice more often. The more we collaborated and connected with GEG Buenos Aires, the more empowered we felt. Little did we know that a few months later, we would end up becoming leaders.

What is your favourite thing about being a GEG leader?
I’m a lifelong learner, so definitely meeting educators from all over the world and learning with/from them. Building a PLN has deeply impacted my practice. I also love that we get the chance to empower other educators to transform their practice and grow as professionals. As a GEG Leader, I get to give back while I continue learning.

What do you feel you have personally gained from your involvement?

I believe sharing our practices is vital if we want to transform education. Besides being a GEG Leader, I'm also an ISTE Community Leader. These roles have helped me gain more confidence in sharing my voice, and entirely unexpected for me, I presented at ISTELive 22. I gave a presentation on PBL, Creativity, and Critical Thinking with Stephanie Howell. All these experiences have empowered me to go beyond the GEG Community, and I am now leading GCE study groups and training teachers at my school.

What have you learnt in the last month.

So many things… I'm always learning! We are designing a UDL Escape Room with Cammie Kannekens and Amanda Nguyen. I'm really passionate about UDL; the deeper I dig into it, the more I believe we need to meet our students where they are. Not only have I learnt more about UDL, but I also learnt many tricks and lock possibilities for escape rooms. I just can't wait to create new ones!

Tell me about an event that you have coming up that excites you

So difficult to choose one… Some really great things are coming up! We are particularly excited about our upcoming in-person event. Stay tuned for more details! 😉

Before you go, do you have any advice for anyone thinking of becoming a GEG leader?

Being a GEG Leader is about collaborating, inspiring, learning with/from others, and empowering other educators. It's a fantastic adventure; enjoy the ride!

What is your most memorable GEG moment online or in person?

After attending GCE Level 2 and Trainer group studies, Cande Durruty and I decided to help teachers get certified and led a GCE Level 1 course for GEG Buenos Aires. We decided to wrap up the course with a Google Meet session, interacting with all the educators more directly. It was powerfully inspiring. The coolest thing is that we still hear from them now and then and can’t help but feel proud of their success stories. Being able to support and empower so many educators has been absolutely fulfilling.

GEG Learn

Individual professional development opportunities

Save the date

GEG Slow Chat October 9th

If you want to schedule some responses if you can't make the date here are the questions:

Q1 Describe the role a coach had in your Google Journey?

Q2 How does having Google Coaches help your school?

Q3 How do you think a coaches role differs from that of a trainer?

Q4 What qualities are most important for a coach to have?

Q5 Do children, teachers or both benefit from qualified Google Coaches? How?

If you would like to run the December GEG Slow Chat and have a theme and questions in mind please message us on Twitter @GEGProgram

New Hispanic Heritage Month Lessons

Hey Educators,

We are pleased to announce that we have released three new lessons to honour Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept 15th - Oct 15th. These lessons celebrate the rich history and diverse culture of the Latinx community and encourage student creativity while designing personalised projects. There are 4 lessons in the collection. If you have used one please share your story.

Celebrate Latinx History - Applied Digital Skills

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Tips, Tricks and Templates

Integrating Screencastify with Google Classrooms for student assignments

The Green Acres Academy, Chembur, which is one of India’s Google Reference Schools, believe in imparting 21st century skills to our students. This includes giving our students opportunities to apply their learning in the real world.

To take this ahead, what better than Google’s Chrome extension ‘Screencastify’ now integrated with Google Classrooms to let students easily create, edit, share and monitor their own learning through personalized videos for classwork, homework, projects or formal assessments, all for free!

Screencastify now provides the easiest solution to make student learning far more visible and easy to assess!

Post an assignment for slide presentations, narration over videos, music, map tours through Screencastify like any other assignment on Google Classroom, check student submissions much more meaningfully and return scores/feedback through the classroom itself!

Let's have a look at some screenshots of the Screencastify dashboard on posting an assignment on Google classroom along with the classroom dashboard for student work.

Suparna Mukherjee - GEG Mumbai

Make a Google MyMap of where your students are from

The easiest way to do this is to crate a simple Google Form with the details you need. Something asking Name, Location, Biography and if wanted a photo or place link. Once the students complete the form, the spreadsheet will look something like this.

  1. Download the spreadsheet as a .csv file, using File >Download>Comma Separated Values .csv.

  2. Open a new MyMaps from

3. Select the three dots (Layer Options), then select Import . Locate your .csv fie.

4. Select the column that says where to put the pin on the map. This is your LOCATION column.

5. Decide which column to use to title the places on the maps. I chose NAME.

6. Here is the finished example. This is just one use of mapping for your classroom. I added a link in the example, but students can go in and add embedded photos too. Students could instead:

  • Map important places to do with any research project they are carrying out

  • Map the places in books they have read

  • Create a historical route
    and so much more.... What will you map?

Wendy Peskett - GEG UK