The 14th Annual Summer Institute featuring GAFE Peak
For the first time in 14 years the York Summer Institute will be split into two different workshop sessions. The first two days (Monday and Tuesday June 23rd and 24th) will focus on literacy, math and integration and the final two days (Wednesday and Thursday June 25th and 26th) will focus on Google Apps for Education.
The GAFE Peak Conference, as we like to call it since it is smaller than the actual GAFE Summits that are offered world wide, will be a high intensity two day event focused on deploying, integrating and using Google in Education to promote student learning in grades K-12. The workshop will feature Google Certified Teachers and Educators, practicing administrators, solution providers, and classroom teachers.
Attendees of the York Summer Institute will have the option to choose to attend all four days, two days, or just one day this year depending on their interests and needs. We encourage everyone to take a look at the course offerings and register soon. As always, York School Department employees can attend free of charge. Both the 2-day Summer Institute and GAFE Peak Conferences are open to the public. Registration fees and pricing is available on the websites; Summer Institute and GAFE Peak
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New Links for Teachers
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New Google Links
We invite you to join us for the first annual GAFE Peak (smaller than a summit) in York featuring Google for Education to be held at the York Middle School in York, Maine on Wednesday and Thursday June 25th & 26th 2014. This high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google in Education to promote student learning in K-12. The program features Google Certified Teachers and Educators, practicing administrators, solution providers, and classroom teachers.
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