The Academy for Google-certified Innovators is held several times a year in different cities. In Madrid, from 3 to 5 October, a session of this course will take place, which then continues on the Internet until October 2019. This event will also be attended by three teachers from the schools of the Spain-St James Major Province (SSM): Raúl Diego, teacher at the Salesian Primary School of Santander and member of the provincial school innovation team; Charo Fernández, of the Salesian Institute of Madrid-Atocha; and Martín García of the "Salesianos - Ciudad de los Muchachos" center, also in Madrid.
In practice, of the 36 teachers from Spain and Latin America selected by the Google program, one twelfth comes from the Salesian schools of SSM.
The candidates as Google Certified Innovators for Education are selected based on their professional experience, passion for teaching and learning, innovative use of classroom technology, the ability to influence other educators and the desire to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the industry.
Innovators become "Ambassadors of Change" who provide valuable tools to other educators and students through a culture of innovation.
This course aims to promote educational transformation through innovative projects, inspire other educators through various support opportunities, and develop teachers' abilities through constant training and development and exchanges with other innovative figures in the educational sector.
For educators in Salesian environments, being able to participate in this academy - through which more than 1,500 educators from over 50 countries have already been trained - represents both a challenge and a commitment. Today more than ever, we need to educate teachers to stay with young people in the network and in the digital world. The generation of young digital and interactive natives develops in a technological but sometimes unstable scenario: it is not enough to know how to handle technologies, it is necessary and indispensable to be digitally competent.