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More than 200 educators attend Google Summit in Breckenridge

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

Colorado Mountain College hosted more than 200 educators from around the state May 30 and 31 for the first Google Summit in Summit County.

This high-intensity event focused on deploying and integrating Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

The Google Summit at CMC in Breckenridge included keynote presentations and two full days of informative breakouts, cutting-edge demonstrations and hands-on workshops led by leading Google Education professionals.

There were lots of fun activities as well as the popular 'demo slam' competition, where presenters shared quick, three-minute demos of something they wanted to share to wow the audience.

Summit County educators Leslie Davison and Chris Hall said they appreciated the work, hospitality and technical supoprt of Dave Askeland, head of the CMC Summit County campus, and his staff.

They added that event participants reported gaining valuable knowledge from enthusiastic presenters, and they hope to repeat the event next year.

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The middle schoolers learned about the creative and business sides of technology, worked on team projects and presented them Friday at the Finkel Auditorium on campus.

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For more information, visit summertechnologyinstitute.com.

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In July 2014, Colorado's Summer Nutrition Programs served meals to only one in 10 of the low-income students who relied on school lunch during the school year, compared to one in six at the national level.

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