As part of the rich resources offered by the New Hampshire Digital Resources Consortium, a project funded through the Title IID program at the NH Department of Education. Approximately 100 NH school technology administrators and over 250 educators were trained in the use of Google Apps for Educators. As part of a needs survey done earlier in the year, the NH Digital Resources Consortium surveyed administrators and teachers from throughout NH, asking them what resources they most need. Specific training in the use of Google Apps for Educators was an overwhelming favorite. As a result of that need, Google Apps for Educators Deployment Training and the Google Apps for Educators Boot Camp were organized and implemented under the consortium.
In May and June, nearly 100 school district technology administrators participated in Google Apps for Education Deployment training. Technology administrators learned how to install, manage, and implement Google Apps for Educators in their districts. In July, over 250 NH educators attended NH Google Apps for Educators Boot Camps held at one of four locations across the state: The Seacoast Professional Development Center, UNH Manchester, Keene State College, and White Mountains Community College. The event was organized by NHDRC coordinator, Allison Mollica, with support given by the Local Education Support Center Network. Each Boot Camp was an intensive, 11 hour training where teachers received hands-on experience with Google's products and technologies, learned about innovative instructional strategies, and received resources to share with colleagues. Training was delivered by Kern Kelley, Director of Education Technology Regional School Unit #19 in Maine and leader at the Google Teacher Academy; Alice Barr, Instructional Technology Integrator for Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, Maine where she facilitates a 1:1 laptop environment in grades 9 - 12; and Richard Byrne, US History and Civics Teacher at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, ME, who also is a popular blogger at www.freetech4teachers.com. To further extend the reach of this initiative, each Boot Camp participant will host a professional development session in their school district or region during the 2012-2013 school year.
The NH Digital Resources Consortium was made possible through the Enhancing Education Through Technology (Title IID) Program at the NH Department of Education. The Title IID program awarded SAU #53 in Pembroke a grant to manage and lead the NH Digital Resources Consortium project. The NHDRC’s mission is to develop professional development, training and provide tools to help schools reach their 21st century potential.
What may be the most interesting to NH residents and taxpayers is that Google Apps for Education is available to all K-12 schools for free. This includes, e-mail, web hosting, and more - potentially saving districts thousands of taxpayer dollars. For a map of NH districts using Google Apps for Educators, visit http://goo.gl/djEME. For further information about Google Apps for Educators program, visit www.google.com/apps/intl/en/edu.