Before the school year started I was in search of a digital leadership goal. I asked myself the standard questions of where do I see myself in the scope of digital leadership? and what do I want to achieve in this area? I decided that I would like to start the year by fully utilizing all of the applications in the Google For Education platform. The impetus for this is two fold. First on a system level, we are all preparing for a Google Summit in April 2016, which is a culmination of sorts for the roll out of the Google for Education application platform that we have adopted across the system. Secondly on a more personal and school-specific level I would like to leverage the opportunities afforded in Google Hangouts to extend the discussion stemming from our staff learning community meetings. Added to this is the ease of use with Google applications and for supporting connectivity amongst staff.
As we work towards the GAFE summit next spring, I can see how each element in the Google for Education portfolio can enhance our efforts to lead and model digital learning within our schools. The move towards this platform also means improved accessibility for our students and staff regardless of what device they may be using to connect their learning. Gone are the days of difficult file sharing, student hand in formats and disjointed connectivity. All of this is a welcomed change as we strive to improve our digital learning and leadership. I am looking forward to utilizing the applications with staff and students and school community as a whole.
This week take some time to look at the offering in the Google applications platform and explore one element that can best support your digital leadership efforts. I guarantee that once you get started you will not be looking back at what once was, only looking forward to what may be next.