Links for February 8th

These are my shared items and notes from Google Reader for February 8th:

  • Hang in there Jack – The Latest on the Condition of Jack Box – I noticed the hangintherejack.com in a recent Jack in The Box commercial and visited this site for some cutting edge entertainment/advertising. It's a great model for a new-media version of the student mockumentary. :)
  • Official Google Reader Blog: Share anything. Anytime. Anywhere. – This "Note in Reader" feature of Google Reader is my new social bookmarking tool of choice. Combined with postalicious (linked to yesterday), it now also generates a daily link post on my blog. :)
  • Transform rural communities with your investment – Finally, here's an option in the middle ground, paying 3% per year with a 9 month turn around.
  • Aid the working families of NorthEast India – This particular investing opportunity has a quick turn around (3 months), but pays only 2% per year. I think I'll try it out to see how the system works.
  • Earn 5% return and lift people from global poverty – I've been exploring the socially beneficial investing opportunities at MicroPlace, and this has the highest rate of return (even though your money will be tied up for two years).
  • Listing all ideas – Ideablob: where ideas grow – This site is a great idea in social entrepreneurism, and there are 232 ideas under education alone. I may fly a few ideas here… of course, then I should contribute advice as well… as can you. :) From their about page: “Great ideas are generated every day by people all across the country, and now these ideas have a place to live and grow. Eligible individuals can submit their business ideas to ideablob.com, and based on votes from the ideablob.com online community – which includes other innovators as well as friends, family, colleagues, associates, teachers and mentors – one idea every month will win $10,000.”
  • Change.org – I joined when I signed a petition on their Education page. There's lots of other important causes represented as well. From their about page: "Today as citizens of the world, we face a daunting array of social and environmental problems ranging from health care and education to global warming and economic inequality. For each of these issues, whether local or global in scope, there are millions of people who care passionately about working for change but lack the information and opportunities necessary to translate their interest into effective action. Change.org aims to address this need by serving as the central platform informing and empowering movements for social change around the most important issues of our time."

View all of my shared items and notes at my Google Reader Shared Items page.

Workshop Resources for The CLMS/CLHS/NHSA and CUE Technology Conference

I led five workshops at the 2008 CLMS/CLHS/NHSA and CUE Technology Conference. Below are links to the resources for each event:

Please feel free to contact me for further details or related information.

Google Learning Institute in Monterey, Ca

I’m happy to be announcing this. The “civilian” version of the Google Teacher Academy (no application necessary) is coming to the CLMS/CLHS/NHSA and CUE Technology Conference in Monterey, Ca this December 4th. Here’s the description and registration link from the conference website:

Google Learning Institute (Bring your own laptop)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Special All-Day Class!

This is a high-energy professional development experience that introduces participants to innovative ways free Google tools can be used in education. A full-day of fast-paced presentations and hands-on activities includes experience with advanced search techniques, collaborative web-based applications, and inspirational instructional strategies. Google Certified Teachers share the ways they’ve implemented tools such as Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Sites, and… even more. Participants who complete the workshop are given access to the Google Learning Network (GLN), an online group focused on supporting educators as they learn more about the power of Google to support learning. Fee: $250

IMPORTANT
Enjoy extended, hands-on workshops on the practical educational uses of each tool or concept. Advanced registration required, extra fees apply, no refunds provided, sessions/equipment subject to change. These sessions are first-come, first-served and usually sell out. Submit payment with REGISTRATION ASAP and call to ensure your space is reserved.

I hope to see some of you there! And if you’re planning on coming, don’t miss the (free) edublogger meetup the following night – sign up now so we can all get excited about you coming: http://www.edubloggercon.com/monterey2008

Google Teacher Academy: NYC

The next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) has been announced! I’ve said this 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 two 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 – NYC
New York, New York
November 18, 2008
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Applications Due: October 10, 2008
http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html
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We are pleased to announce that another round of Google’s FREE training program for K-12 educators is coming to The Big Apple! Outstanding educators from around the world are encouraged to apply for the Google Teacher Academy taking place on Tuesday November 18, 2008.

The GTA is an intensive, one-day event (8:30am-7:30pm) 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 New York City are due on October 10, 2008. If possible, please use Google Video or YouTube to post these original videos. Participants must provide their own travel, and if necessary, their own lodging. Though we will give preference to K-12 educators within a 90-minute local commute of an Academy event, anyone may apply.

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

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Google Teacher Academy – NYC
New York, New York
November 18, 2008
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Applications Due: October 10, 2008
http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html
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I hope to see some of you in New York! Also, we hope to be announcing additional events and additional locations in 2009, so stay tuned.

Google Teacher Academy: Chicago

The next Google Teacher Academy (GTA) has been announced. I’ve said this before, but I’m thrilled to be involved with this project – and to share it with you here on the 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 GTA, 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 – Chicago
Chicago, IL
September 24, 2008
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Applications Due: August 24, 2008
http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html
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We are pleased to announce that another round of Google’s FREE training program for K-12 educators is coming to the windy city! Outstanding educators from around the world are encouraged to apply for the Google Teacher Academy taking place on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

The GTA is an intensive, one-day event (8:30am-7:30pm) 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 Chicago are due on August 24, 2008. If possible, please use Google Video or YouTube to post these original videos. Participants must provide their own travel, and if necessary, their own lodging. Though we will give preference to K-12 educators within a 90-minute local commute of an Academy event, anyone may apply.

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:
—————————————-

“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!”
—————————————-
“The focus on innovation in education, and not just about the tools, was right on target.”
—————————————-
“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!”
—————————————-
“Until now, I had never attended a conference where I was so engaged and loving every minute of it.”
—————————————-
“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!”
—————————————-
“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.”
—————————————-

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

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Google Teacher Academy
September 24, 2008

Chicago, IL

Applications Due: August 24, 2008
http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html
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Note: Another GTA is currently being planned for New York City in November 2008. Sign up for the Google Teacher Newsletter on the front page of Google for Educators site to receive more detailed information soon.

I’m excited that Google has continued it’s support for this program and that we’ve been able to announce another GTA so soon after the last one. (And, as you may have noted, there’s one more coming before the end of the year!) Thanks goes to Cristin Frodella for making this happen at Google, and to the folks at CUE (particularly Mike Lawrence) and at WestEd (particularly Allison Merrick) for making this a reality. Thanks also go to Lucy Gray for her role in planning the Chicago event.

See you in Chicago! ;)

UPDATE: By the way, Google for Educators announced two other cool projects today, Letters to The Next President and Google Elections Video Search.

Incidentally, I know I’ve been posting about Google a lot lately, but in addition to my paid role as the coordinator of the GTA I’m just genuinely excited by a lot of what they’re doing these days. :)

Associate Multiple eMails w/Your Google Account

I posted this in the Google Certified Teachers Group and apparently a lot of folks found it useful for solving problems they were experiencing, so I thought I’d repost it here:

Hi, all. For those of you having trouble accessing Google services or Google Docs because some use one email address and others use another – and sometimes folks invite you to be a collaborator using your work email or your personal email… or whatever… this might help.

You can associate multiple email addresses with a single Google account, so that if any one of them are invited, Google understands that it’s you and gives you access using your primary account. Try this:

  • Log in to your Google Account anywhere.
  • Visit https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount
  • Click on “Edit” next to “Personal Information” in the left hand column
  • Under “Associate email addresses with your account” type a new address next to “Add an additional email address:”
  • Press “Save” and repeat for each address you want associated with the account.
  • Enjoy your new found unity. :)

    I hope this helps.

  • Kevin Jarret then expressed this very succinctly in less than 140 characters:

    Associating multiple email addresses w/my primary Google Account thanks to @markwagner! http://tinyurl.com/5kvac, Edit Personal Info, done!

    Let us know in the comments if you found this useful, or if you know any other similarly simple and helpful tips.

    UPDATE: If you already use seperate Google accounts, you’ll need to delete one in order to associate it’s address with another account. You’ll want to give some thought to what you’ll do with the documents etc. associated with that account. Also, if you have a separate account with Google Apps for Your Domain or Google Apps for Education, that will have to remain separate to remain meaningful.

    Google Docs Forms versus Survey Monkey

    I received this question by email this morning:

    Just wondering…I’ve used Survey Monkey for a long time. It gives you lots of information…what are the advantages of the Google one that we do in Excel? I know about the instant graphing, but is there something else? Thanks!

    And since I took the time to send a response, I thought I’d share it here, too:

    This is a good question – that I’ve been meaning to answer in writing for a while. Here are a few thoughts off of the top of my head:

    Advantages of Google Docs forms over Survey Monkey:

    • No limits (like a free surveymonkey account)
    • No costs (like a $200/year surveymonkey account)
    • No need to export data
    • it’s already in your spreadsheet, where you can graph or manipulate it in many ways.

    Disadvantages of Google Docs forms compared to Survey Monkey

    • Duplicating a spreadsheet doesn’t duplicate the form! This is a big deal if, like me, you create many evaluations from a single template. It was a PAIN the one time I tried to do several versions of a form in Google Docs.
    • No pre-set visualization like the simple bar graphs in Survey Monkey – you have to set it all up yourself.
    • You can’t customize the template (colors and logo etc) the way you can in Survey Monkey.

    Collaborators are also handled differently. It’s very easy to “publish” the results using either system, but Google Docs allows you to have true collaborators who can also manipulate your data. On the other hand, Survey Monkey makes it easier to determine how much of the results you share and what people can do with them.

    At this point I’m glad I still have SurveyMonkey for evaluations, but we’ll see what I decide next time my renewal comes up, especially if Google gets the duplication issue squared away.

    If you are using both and know of other differences I’ve overlooked, please let us know in the comments.

    Google Teacher Academy Resources

    I’m thrilled to announce that all of the Google Teacher Academy Resources are now publicly available.

    Only Google Certified Teachers (GCT) are free to edit and add to the site, but anyone may view the site and take advantage of the resources shared there. The site includes all off the presentations, print materials, and online resources from the most recent GTA, including Google Docs presentations you can use yourself and 14 all-new or updated crib sheets you can download or print for easy reference. This might be particularly useful for anyone leading workshops on Google tools for teachers.

    Enjoy – and let me know what you think.

    Last Day to Apply: Google Teacher Academy

    Today is the last day to apply for the Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View, Ca coming up on June 25:

    The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region. More…

    Full Disclosure: I work as a consultant for CUE, a non-profit organization which is hired by Google to produce and coordinate the Google Teacher Academy. However, no one asked me (or paid me specifically) to post this. I just think it’s one of the most exciting projects I’m associated with, and I look forward to seeing the best possible applicants at the event. :)

    Seven Recent Workshop Wikis

    Here’s a few of the workshop wikis I’ve used recently, which I thought might be worth sharing here.

    Intro to Tablet PC – This is the latest version of my Intro to Tablet PC workshop. We had to do this in three hours, though, and only got through the Education Pack and Experience Pack.

    Tablet Sharing – This page is for Tech Lead Teachers who meet every other month as part of a Tablet PC Pilot project. This included my previous sketchcasting workshop and then some. There’s a few more example sketchcasts in this outline. We also covered Jing… and because there was time left I showed them a document camera and then ZiPhone – and how to jailbreak their iPhones. :)

    Document Camera Workshop – This is a new workshop for me and it went well. The wiki isn’t terribly rich yet, but it provides a structure for training teachers of various levels how to use a document camera in the classroom and includes links to several quality resources for additional ideas and inspiration.

    Projector Workshop – CUE does projector workshops from time to time (either 3 or 6 hour versions) and I used to wonder how on Earth that time was filled, even though I understood it was more about how to teach with a projector rather than how to use a projector. This wiki represents my first go at running a projector workshop myself. It was 90 minutes of interactive demo followed by 90 minutes of practice time where teachers got to team up and work on the things they most wanted to try. It went well for me, and there are lots of links on this wiki for anyone else attempting something similar.

    Google in Education – This is the outline of my short Google Workshop, which is largely delivered as a demo that the participants can follow along with hands-on. I most recently delivered this to teachers in Redondo Beach, and wished I could do all three days of the Search, Learn, Share training below.

    Search, Learn, Share – This wiki was originally created by Chris Walsh and I to support a workshop based on the original Google Teacher Academy. I recently expanded it into three half-day Saturday workshops for private schools, which you can access in the sidebar. I’m very happy with how this worked out, and think there’s enough structure here for other professional developers to put it to use without much work.

    Images, Impact, and Interaction – This is another new workshop for me… rather than how to use Powerpoint, this is how to design better presentations, with a focus on creating interactive experiences for the students. It went well, and again there are plenty of links to good resources here.

    I’d love any feedback you might have on any of these workshop wikis. And, of course, feel free to contribute to them or put them to use, as long as you respect the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. ;)

    UPDATE: See my Workshops page for a more complete list of workshops. Most are wikis, and several are newly updated.