“We are about to launch a Chromebook loaner system at our district board office. I modeled the idea off of Google’s internal project that I saw at Google Next this summer ….”
When Bill Mackenzie decided to test out a Grab-N-Go loaner program at Upper Grand School District, he barely finished the setup before eagerly posting it into a Google+ community, home to IT Admins from nearly 450 school districts, who also use Google Workspace and Chromebooks.
And Bill wasn’t alone, dozens of other new and innovative projects get posted by district administrators into the community – and they get picked up and actually implemented by districts thousands of miles away. An average month sees over 100 posts, 500+ comments, and a dozen new school districts
The North American Google Technical Collaborative (NAGTC) is a peer-based group of North American school district Google Workspace administrators who advocate collaborative advancements and consultant-led learning surrounding Google Cloud and its application to the EDU space.
The digital, community-focused format, empower’s local IT Administrators to become international leaders. It provides a voice and interactive-platform for sharing innovative concepts with a peer group that spans an entire continent. Ames Community Schools is another district who recently presented to the community on 2-Step Verification adoption; reporting on goals, insights, and strategy. It was quickly obvious that dozens of districts, hundreds of miles away were just as curious about the crucial security measure as well. As Karl from Ames Community Schools presented into the live stream, the accompanying chat blew up with the questions, concerns, and answers from fellow community members. https://goo.gl/KhSN34
The community-led collaboration structure is providing more than sharing new projects. As a joint community of EDU Admins, they’re creating best practices for new features and settings, they’re troubleshooting problems and bugs in real time, and they’re helping each other use the technology they have to make the greatest effect. After all, these 700+ members are supporting over 450 districts that directly impact the daily education of over 5 million students across North America.