Despite the fact that some commentators are beginning to have qualms about the burgeoning size of Google one of the most impressive aspects of Google’s many offerings is their recognition of and support for education. Google Apps for Education is arguably the most significant opportunity for students, schools and education systems on the web at the moment. Even if you are not using this service Google For Educators has links to an expanding set of resources for teachers including posters, sample activities, tutorials as well as the opportunity to join the Google Teacher Community. If you haven’t checked out any of these options can I suggest that you do so.
One of the other support opportunities Google offers is their Google Academies.
The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe 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.
Previous academies have only been conducted in the US but this year Google has scheduled an academy in Sydney in April. Fifty teachers will be selected to attend based on answers given in an online submission as well as a one minute video developed either around the theme of “Motivation and Learning” or “Classroom Innovation”. Numerous members of my online network have made application and it is interesting to do a search on YouTube for “Google Academy” to view some of these as well as those of American teachers from previous academies. It’s really fascinating not only to get a “look in” at what other teachers are doing in their classrooms and beyond. It’s also fascinating to see how the movies have been constructed. Some, (perhaps to my detriment 🙂 ), are really creative.
Probably just so I can get at least one embed of my video, here’s my composition, what do you think?