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A review of Code in Every Class by author-educators Kevin Brookhouser (@brookhouser) and Ria Megnin (@riamegnin) from EdTech Team Press (@edtechteam ). Includes a downloadable document with coding resources for your class, school or home!

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Study up on Google Classroom with these tutorial videos over the summer. A little long, but detailed. #edtech #edchat

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An update to a recent post that now includes downloadable resources for parents and teachers. I would like to thank Dr. Heitner for permission to base these resources largely on her work.

To learn about the book, access the post, 'Children & the Digital Age - “Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World” by Devorah Heitner is Essential Reading for Parents for Teachers.'

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My first blog post in a while is on Devorah Heitner's excellent book on how to help kids navigate their digital lives. It's essential reading for parents and educators.

Hi all,

if any of you are interested here is a workshop on Google / Edtech coming up.

Digital Pedagogy & Flipped Learning with G Suite for Education workshop

By Kaori Hakone (with Rab Paterson)

Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, Building 3, 2F, Room 3201, June 23, 1800-2000 (please RSVP - Http://

This session will provide an overview of selected MOOC’s focussed on professional development and related skills for teachers, together with a short overview of each. Next the session will cover the ways Google Apps (Blogger, Docs, Forms, Google+ Communities, Google Groups, and YouTube) together with an RSS Reader (Feedly) can be used to set up a Flipped Learning / Just In Time Teaching system to replicate and improve what is commonly done with classroom ‘clickers’ for pre class / in class comprehension checking. After an overview of this theory the session will become more hands on and instructors will go on to work with attendees on setting up and using all these apps in this way. The session will end with a more formal Q and A session although attendees are free to ask questions throughout the session.

このセッションでは教員研修や教員のスキル向上に焦点を当てたMOOCsをご紹介します。さらに、反転授業や、学習者の理解を確認するためにクリッカーを使う代わりに、G Suite (Blogger, Docs, Forms, Google+ Communities, Google Groups, YouTube など)や RSS Reader (Feedly) がどのように効果的であるか、その可能性をお伝えします。理論を紹介した後、このセッションで取り上げたものの中からお好きなものを参加者に実際に使ってもらいます。質問はいつでもできますが、最後に質問コーナーの時間もとってありますので、よろしければそちらでもお聞きください。

The majority of this session will be in Japanese by Kaori and she will translate Rab's English sections into Japanese. But Rab will be on hand to assist English speaking attendees separately.

Just put together a video tutorial on Google My Maps. (how to create and collaborate) Plenty of practical ideas. (though the list could be much, much longer) See the citations at the end. This blog post has the ideas with a link to the video.

"Google My Maps | Students Create Maps Content and Collaborate with Others"

Free professional development for educators, by educators this Thursday, May 11th. Join GEG West Tokyo and GEG Shinjuku for a pre-summer professional learning pub night! Topics include "Planning Your Summer Professional Development", "Job-Alike Sessions" (details on the event page), and "Demo Slamming".

Please fill out the form to help with Job-Alike planning!

GEG West Tokyo on Google+:
GEG Shinjuku on Google+:

Hi all,

if any of you are interested I'm doing a presentation together with my wife for the RSA Fellows Network in Japan on May 17 in Omotesando. The link is below and our talk is about how we took our dream of living in a handcut eco loghouse and made it a reality. She will do the presentation in Japanese in one room and I'll do it in English in the other. So if you're interested come along. Here's the link to sign up.


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GEG Pub Night - English-language event on Thursday May 11th! Join GEG West Tokyo and GEG Shinjuku for another professional learning Pub Night at Hobgoblin Shibuya!

Details are below, or if viewing from a private Gmail account,

To assist with planning, participants are asked to register for this free event at .


In this event you will participate in:

**Planning Your Summer Professional Development (5:30-6:00)
Learn what PD is out there before the summer break, including: Google, Apple, Adobe and Autodesk, PBS TeacherLine, ASCD, YouTube, Student PD Connections, Common Sense Education, and Maintaining American Your Certifications

**Job-Alike Sessions (6:00-6:30)
Talk with people in your subject area, grade level, or division. Includes: Humanities, Math and Science, Modern Languages, Tech Coaches / IT / Library / Art Design Tech, Physical Education, World Religions, Performing Arts, English as an Additional Language (ESL), Learning Support / Special Education

**Demo Slamming (6:30-7:00)
Show us something cool, innovative or just plain useful in three minutes or less!

Venue Location
Hobgoblin, Shibuya
3/F, Ichiban Bldg, 1-3-11 Dogenzaka,
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0043

GEG West Tokyo with Tokyo Local Guides Meetup

Date: May 5th
Time: 17:00
Venue: The Pink Cow / /

会場:The Pink Cow / /

We will have a casual get-together with the Tokyo Local Guides leader, Yumi Sato, for some drinks and food at The Pink Cow in Roppongi. All are welcome! She will share her experiences in Japanese and English, depending on the number of participants and we will explain a bit more about Google Local Guides, how it fits in with Google Geo tools, as well as contributing to Google Maps. (adding photos, reviews, suggesting edits, and the benefits of being a Local Guide)

今回のイベントには、Googleローカルガイド東京のコミュニティ・モデレーターが参加します。GEG West Tokyoでは、今後ローカルガイドプログラムに積極的に参加し、ローカルガイドのイベントを開催する予定です。今後のために今回は皆さんでローカルガイド・プログラムについて学びましょう。

Our overall goal is to get together and think of a fun "first official" GEG West Tokyo Local Guides event. GEG West Tokyo aims to host some Local Guides events such as:

*Photo Walks
*Cafe Crawls
*Food Crawls
*Geo Walks
*Mapping & Maps Editing Walks

The idea is to improve Google Maps, as well as create our own My Maps based on themes, creating content for others to benefit from.

Please leave a message if interested. We will need to let The Pink Cow know the numbers. Posting on the day is fine.


Find 東京ローカルガイド / Tokyo Local Guides on G+:

Learn more here:
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