Applications are open for our next Google Teacher Academy, which will take place in our Boulder, Colorado office on Wednesday, August 5th. 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, which will help you bring communication, collaboration and fun into your classrooms. Teachers will also learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region. Applications are due Friday, July 3rd.
Last year I participated in the Google Teacher Academy at Mountain View, CA. It’s a super-intensive one-day training on all things Google – but the best part is the very active online learning community to follow up your training.
One of my projects has been a weekly Tech Tip Tuesday along with my fellow GCT, MaryFran Lynch. We took turns writing the weekly tip and shared them with our faculty and posted them at: http://sites.google.com/site/techtipstuesday/.
I also have created several presentations about how I use Google in my classroom – check out my collected resources here: http://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/.
Another one of my projects was an interactive Postcard Geography project using Google Maps: http://sites.google.com/site/postcardgeography/.
Some people may tease me about drinking the “Google koolaid”, but I don’t care. The collaborative nature of incorporating Google Apps for education in my classroom this year has been transformative. I strongly recommend this professional development opportunity for anyone looking for an active personal learning network.