Learn. Share. Inspire. Empower.
Google believes that the best inspiration to educators are other educators. It is for this reason that Google helped start a community of passionate educators, who bring the benefits of technology to schools, classrooms, and communities across the world.
GEGs provide a platform for educators to collaborate with one another, allowing them to pick up new creative ideas from one another, and to help each other best meet the needs of their students with Google solutions. GEG activities take place both online and offline. Online GEGs provide a space for educators to discuss together and learn about one another through Google+; offline, locally run events and workshops are a way to learn and share face to face.
Anyone is very welcome to join GEG. You may be a principal, a school administrator, a professor, a student, or just someone interested in using Google products to help people learn. Each group is organized by a local volunteer (GEG leader) and is entirely independent from Google, the corporation.
GEGs are not
|Run by passionate individuals in the educator community||Run by Google, but Google may provide support to groups getting started|
|A place to share ideas and inspire other educators interested in web-enabled learning||A place to hear or make a sales pitch related to using Google tools|
|A place to share among many people about Google products for use in education||One-way communication|
|A place to meet new like-minded educators, and build friends and a larger professional community||An anonymous group of isolated people, or an impersonal network of people not interacting together|
|A forum to discuss what other local schools are doing with technology and Google||A place for corporations or business entrepreneurs (this is GBG)|
|A forum to share knowledge and help each other, open to any educator||A closed-door club for private-only activities|
|Free||A for-profit or money-charging initiative|