Technology giants hold education summit in Santiago

Chile chosen to host inaugural summit showcasing educational tools for students all over the world.

Attendees and speakers come together for the EdTechTeam Chile Summit. Photo by Dr. Chris Craft.
Attendees and speakers come together for the EdTechTeam Chile Summit. Photo by Dr. Chris Craft.

Chile’s position as a regional technology leader is on account of the nation’s innovation and willingness to adopt new technologies. Many sectors benefit from this theme, notably education, where students are always searching for novel ways to further their learning.

As another result of this innovative push, Santiago was chosen to host the inaugural EdTechTeam Chile Summit, in tandem with Google for Education — a two-day event focusing on the integration and use of Google Apps to aid students participating in K-12 and higher education.

The summit took place from May 23-24 at Santiago College and featured a wide range of Google tools along with certified teachers, trainers, engineers and solution providers who offered and explained the technology giant’s services to all attending.

During a series of workshops, presentations, competitions, and ‘informative breakouts’ the Google team showcased a number of products designed to support student learning — each offering a cost-effective advantage to pupils the world over.

“Our team has produced 55 summits in the past 22 months, in 15 countries and seven languages, on six continents,” Mark Wagner, president and CEO of the EdTechTeam, told This Is Chile.

“Our hope is to reach as many teachers as possible to raise awareness about the free tools Google offers to schools. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to produce this first summit in Chile. With support from Google, we hope to produce more professional development experiences for educators in Chile, and we hope to attract funding to make the events more affordable for local school teachers,” Wagner continued.

The EdTechTeam is a global network of educational technologists who work closely with specialists all over the globe to provide flexible education solutions. The speakers who attended the summit included Californian Wendy Gorton, an educational consultant who is trained as a Google certified teacher, Apps EDU certified trainer, and Google teacher Academy lead learner.

Jim Sill, an educational technology consultant from the U.S, also spoke about his decade-long experience in the video and television industry before embarking on a career in education. Using his industry experience, he created an award winning video production program at El Diamante High School in Visalia, California.

“Broadly, the purpose of the summits is to inspire and empower educators to improve schools using the best learning principles and technologies available. This is in alignment with the EdTechTeam’s mission to improve the world’s education systems,” said Wagner.

Chile’s reputation for innovation and as a top business destination also highlights its technology credentials. Earlier this year the country came out on top in the 2014 Global Information Technology Report — a comprehensive assessment of “networked readiness,” in other words, how prepared an economy is to apply the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote economic growth and well-being.