What is GEG?
Google Educators Group is a Google for Education (Google Edu) community of educators using Google who inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology.
Originally, GEGs were Google Plus (G+) communities that were very popular among G+ using educators. However, after the fall of G+, most GEGs were affected. Some tried to stay afloat while others just stopped altogether. In my example, GEG-SOUTX (Google Educators Group of South Texas geg.soutx.us) stayed dormant in the attempt to continue with the community. As of October 2019, @EfrenR is the Leader and @eduGOOGdroid (me) is the manager (unofficial Co-Leader).
Although the GEG Program never actually died, there was little info about it. Then, in May 2019 a twitter account started to become active.
Technically, GEGs have still been around :D.
There is just a bigger push now for providing support and resources for GEG leaders!
We’d be happy to have new GEGs launched or old ones re-launched!
— GEG Program (@GegProgram) October 11, 2019
And yet, it has existed since before the announcement of G+’s shutdown. The official Google Edu Community page still mentions G+ and many GEGs have been removed from the map. Thus, you can see progress, but still needs a lot of work. At least, @GegProgram is working on making things happen.
We are working on a FAQ list regarding GEGs – so, we need your help!
What are some of your burning questions regarding the Google Educator Groups?
— GEG Program (@GegProgram) October 18, 2019
I’m looking forward to what is about to come. Our GEG is still not on the map as of October 2019… At that point, I will edit this section 🤞.
As of 2021, our GEG is on the map and it is fully operational. We are looking forward to a new era of Google Educator Groups.