What is a Google Reference School, and which two new schools in Poland have been designated as Official GRSs?
It is no secret that technology plays a significant role in shaping the learning landscape in the educational sector. With the advent of digital transformation in the world, educational institutions are attempting to integrate technology into their curriculum in an innovative and creative manner. To empower schools with advanced digital tools and resources, Google has launched the Google Reference School (GRS) program. As part of CCT Poland’s commitment to education, we are pleased to announce the official recognition of two newly accredited schools in Poland. Taking a closer look at Google Reference Schools and the remarkable achievements they have achieved will provide us with a better understanding of the concept so let’s get started.
What is a Google Reference School?
Being a GRS is prestigious title schools obtain once they show an outstanding performance in the school by leveraging technology in order to enhance, improve and better the learning and teaching experiences for both students and teachers alike. By showing the school’s best practices and demonstrating great expertise in the field of technology in the classroom, the officially accredited schools having the Google Reference School title serve as role models for other educational institutions striving to move forward with the pace of technological changes and shifts. Getting accredited is one of the benefits schools get once they show outstanding performances but they are also provided with access to Google’s cutting-edge technology and tools, opportunities for professional development and opportunity for networking and collaborating with other schools that are also accredited and exchanging best practices and know-how.
CCT Poland is a reputable Google for Education Partner
CCT Poland has played an important role in supporting and pushing digital transformation in Polish schools as a well-known company with a focus on the educational sector and technological implementation. CCT Poland supports schools by supplying tools to schools and assisting in the integration of Google for Education products and services. The company supports schools that want to become GRS at every step, through specialized training for principals, administrators and teachers (Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Level 2). All training programs are developed by Google. The team’s ardent desire to improve the educational system has improved the learning experience for both students and teachers. Technology has aided in the advancement of teaching and learning methods, making it easier for both teachers and students to succeed.
The First New Official GRS: Julian Tuwim Primary School No. 234 in Warsaw
Julian Tuwim Primary School No. 234 in Warsaw, Poland has emerged as one of the two newest Official GRSs. Located in the capital city of Poland, this institution has embraced technology to revolutionize education. With the support of CCT Poland, Julian Tuwim Primary School No. 234 has implemented a range of Google for Education tools, such as Google Classroom, G Suite for Education, and Chromebooks. These tools have significantly enriched the learning environment, fostering collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking among students.
Julian Tuwim Primary School No. 234 in Warsaw
The Second New Official GRS: Maria Konopnicka High School No. 2 in Katowice
Maria Konopnicka High School No. 2 in Katowice, Poland is the second institution to join the prestigious ranks of Official GRSs. This school, known for its commitment to excellence, has integrated Google for Education tools seamlessly into its curriculum. By leveraging these digital resources, Maria Konopnicka High School No. 2 has created an engaging and inclusive learning environment. Students and teachers alike benefit from the dynamic collaboration opportunities and personalized learning experiences facilitated by Google’s educational solutions.
Maria Konopnicka High School No. 2 in Katowice
Becoming a GRS – prestige, importance and more
Becoming an official GRS demonstrates the Primary School in Warsaw and the High School in Katowice’s commitment to harnessing technology for education. These schools have shown exceptional leadership and innovation in utilizing Google for Education products. These products have transformed students’ and teachers’ education experiences. They have won recognition within the educational community but also opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing with other institutions in Poland and beyond. These schools are designated as Google Reference Schools (GRS) in Poland, joining a network of more than 200 schools worldwide recognized for their successful use of Google for Education products.
Criteria and requirements
To become a Google Reference School, there is no one criteria that fits all that is applicable. It is all individual and depends on the advancement processes and results each school has achieved. However, there are a couple of points that can give you a general knowledge of which areas and aspects you can focus on in order to come closer to achieving the prestigious title.
*The following is an example suggestion and can be adapted to different needs and preferences.
First, start by implementing Google Workspace for Education platform, then incorporate using Google technology at school, next on the list is getting teachers certified in the usage of Google tools by passing Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Level 2 exams, and last we suggest completing IT Administrator Training for 2 to 3 chosen teachers. Start using Chromebook devices and adapting strategies to fit your specific circumstances.
Google Reference Schools exemplifies how technology has the ability to improve education. This recognizes the schools’ outstanding achievements in integrating Google for Education products into their classrooms. These schools have embraced innovation, giving their pupils the tools they need to flourish in the digital era. As Poland continues to lead the way in educational developments, the Official GRSs serve as models for other institutions looking to embrace the possibilities of technology in education.
CCT Poland offers various training programs, educational resources, and certification programs to help you achieve this prestigious certification. Consider us as your guiding star as you embark on this educational transformative adventure.