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Friday, October 30th, 2009

Google Teacher Academy in Washington, DC

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) has been announced! I’ve said this several times before, but I’m thrilled to be involved with this project – and to share it with you here on this blog. As with all previous GTA events, tech savvy educators and professional developers in the local area can apply to participate in the special full-day workshop. And as with the last four events, the application process is also open to anyone, including educators out of the area, out of the state, or even out of the country (with the understanding that Google doesn’t cover travel or lodging). In other words, any of you who feel you meet the criteria for application are invited to apply!

Below is the official announcement and invitation to apply:

Google Teacher Academy – DC
Washington, DC
December 9, 2009
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Applications Due: November 9, 2009
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We are pleased to announce that the next Google Teacher Academy will be hosted in Washington DC on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. Outstanding and innovative educators from around the world are encouraged to apply.


The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. The GTA is an intensive, one-day event (8:30 am -7:30 pm) where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, collaborate with exceptional educators, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, GTA participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region.

50 outstanding educators from around the world will be selected to attend the GTA based on their passion for teaching, their experience as leaders, and their use of technology in K-12 settings. Each applicant is required to produce and submit an original one-minute video on either of the following topics: “Motivation and Learning” or “Classroom Innovation.” Applications for the event in Washington, DC are due on Monday, November 9, 2009. Participants must provide their own travel, and if necessary, their own lodging.  

Learn more about the program and the application at: http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html
The GTAs have been a wonderful experience for everyone involved, with 97% of all attendees rating the GTA as “outstanding.”

Here are a few quotes from GTA participants:
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“The academy was everything I hoped for and more! I can’t wait to plan out ways to use the tools we learned about, to share my experiences with my colleagues and to re-connect with the other academy participants!”
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“The focus on innovation in education, and not just about the tools, was right on target.”
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“I appreciate the opportunity to be connected to a group of educators that are passionate about preparing students for the 21st century. I feel inspired and able to meet the challenges that lie ahead!”
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“Until now, I had never attended a conference where I was so engaged and loving every minute of it.”
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“This was easily the most important professional development experience I have ever had as an educator. World-class tools demonstrated by world-class people at a world-class facility. THANK YOU!”
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“I love [the Google Certified Teacher community] for the ideas and inspiration that comes flowing to and from it…folks share professional development strategies (technology or otherwise) that have worked. It’s nice to have a variety of ways to assist others and having that variety also provides spice for those of us responsible for doing the providing.”
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Feel free to send any questions to gteachers@gmail.com – and please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in joining us. 

We’re looking forward to another great event!

The GTA Team

gteachers@gmail.com

Google Teacher Academy – DC
Washington, DC
December 9, 2009
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Applications Due: November 9, 2009
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I hope to see some of you in DC! Also, we hope to be announcing additional events and additional locations in 2010, so stay tuned.

PS. Meanwhile… CUE’s Google Workshop for (Online) Educators has been added to iNACOL’s Virtual Schools Symposium (VSS) in Austin, Texas:
http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org/agenda.php

Eduloggercon 2010 Session Ideas

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

In addition to the two formal sessions I submitted here are a few others I hope to find a place for at the edubloggercon and/or ISTE Live. And in this case, your comments can actually make more of a difference, since these sessions won’t be “accepted” for months – the community wiki page for edubloggercon isn’t even up yet. :)

Maybe You Should Drive: Taking Control of Your Professional Development – This is a session I submitted last year (sans research) that I’d really love to lead at some point, and it might be even better as an unconference session.

Passion and Professional Development
– This is a session I submitted in 2008 that I was also disappointed not to have accepted, and which I’d still love to lead… and which also might be better as an unconference session.

Educational Entrepreneurship – This is really only the figment of an idea, but it’s really got me excited right now. I’d love to put my head together with others in this space and see what we might learn from each other… and accomplish. I’m even thinking a Ning network focused on educational entrepreneurship might be a valuable thing. I wonder how many people would participate…

In addition to these ideas, I’m hoping CUE might once again provide a Google Workshop for Educators (resources here) or Google Workshop for Administrators as part of the formal conference. More soon on this if it flies…

ISTE 2010 Submission: Google Docs for PLCs

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

This session has been evolving over the past year or so, and I’ve used versions of it with several local districts, with administrators in the AB 430 Module 3 program in Orange County, and in the Google Workshop for Administrators we’ve developed at CUE. In any case, it gets better at every iteration (thanks in large part to the generous sharing of the participants) and I hope I’ll get the chance to share these resources in Colorado. Here is the ISTE2010 version, complete with supporting research. I’d love to hear any comments or thoughts you might have on the topic – and of course I’d love to hear about any projects you know of that might be good examples to share. :)

Extend Your PLC Online: Google Docs for Professional Learning Communities (ISTE 2010 Submission)

ISTE 2010 Submission: Social, Global, and Green

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I started delivering a version of this session earlier this year and the first full version of it was my Keynote at the New Tech Network all schools conference this summer. I’ve since refined it for some local districts and other occasions. Here is the ISTE2010 version, complete with supporting research. I’d love to hear any comments or thoughts you might have on the topic – and of course I’d love to hear about any projects you know of that might be good examples to share. :)

Social, Global, and Green: Education in a Changing World (ISTE 2010 Submission)

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