Monica Martinez, EdTechTeam Regional Director Latin America September 13, 2017
I’m proud to announce that our very own (yes, we’re claiming him) Dale Plotzki from the EdTechTeam Peru Impact Lab Cohort is headed to Stockholm for the 2017 Sweden Google Innovator Academy in October.
The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program consists of a community of passionate educators designing creative solutions to the world’s toughest challenges in education. Every year Google for Education hosts a series of academies opening its doors to more educators like Dale who want to become a part of a movement to change education.
The two and half day event “is a whirlwind of inspiration to be surrounded by a tribe of like-minded, exciting, and fun people”, says Chrystal Hoe #MTV16 Innovator and #WDC17.
Dale is one of 36 educators from around the world that will be coming together to share their ideas and visions for improving education. Dale asked himself, “What if every student on earth was connected with a social platform, and what if it already existed?” An idea was born.
As a part of the Innovator Program, Dale will be working on a project called #EdPins: Putting Learning on the Map that focuses on promoting education and finding meaningful collaboration between schools around the world. #Edpins is about repurposing Google Maps’ reviews. Here’s what Dale had to say about his project:
“This platform is very special because it connects every physical school on Earth! But, this opportunity is largely being wasted as the current ‘reviews’ do not tell us anything about the learning which happens inside of these schools. My goal is to use this public, open, dynamic platform to highlight the unique learning in every school on Earth. ”
Learn more about his project here: #Edpins #GoogleEI #SWE17 Vision Video – Dale Plotzki and join us live on Monday, November 27 for a sneak peek into Dale’s journey to Sweden.
Dale joined our Peru Impact Lab Cohort back in September 2016 and was one out of 130 educators to take the challenge to help build a network of empowered educators in Peru.
“The LATAM event was a great opportunity to connect with other educators in my region, to learn about the projects and endeavors happening at their schools, as well as a chance to get my Google Certified Educator badges, which were key in getting accepted into the Innovator Program,“ said Dale. We’ve since seen Dale expanding his outreach at other events like AASSA 2017 in Brazil.
An EdTechTeam Impact Lab is a 12-month program designed to help build capacity in an emerging region. The goal of this program is to create a network of empowered professionals who will, in turn, build local capacity in their regions by empowering educators and students with new skills, strategies, and best practices, further innovating the education practice. Like with Dale, the idea is to help further empower these already passionate driven educators that want to impact the world.
To date, we’ve launched Impact Lab programs in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Colombia. Learn more about Impact Labs at www.edtechteam.com/impactlabs.
Save the Date:
Join us live on Monday, November 27 for a sneak peek into Dale’s journey to Sweden
Link to live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pTto9ETPHU