Google Teacher Academy

Google is hosting a Google Teacher Academy on July 28 in Seattle, Washington – yeah for NW Educators!!!  Attending GTA has been one of the best professional development groups I have ever been involved in.  Google Certified Teachers are passionate about networked learning, are willing to share ideas and are a heck of a lot of fun!

Applications are now being accepted for the Google Teacher Academy to be held on July 28 in Seattle, Washington. 50 applicants will be selected. To apply you will need to complete the form found here and submit an original 60 second video about “motivation and learning” or “classroom innovation.”  Applications are due June 16th.  Good luck!

New Google Teacher Academy – August 5th

Google announced:

Google Teacher AcademyApplications 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:

I also have created several presentations about how I use Google in my classroom – check out my collected resources here:

Another one of my projects was an interactive Postcard Geography project using Google Maps:

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.

Tech Tip Tuesday

This school year, my fellow Google Certfied Teacher MaryFran Lynch and I began a weekly email newsletter to introduce our staff to all the great tools and features of the Wonderful World of Google.

September 2008:  Welcome back to school and to the inauguration of Tech Tip Tuesday. It is our hope that over the year we will be able to introduce you to some tools that will help you both in your classroom and in your personal life. Every Tuesday, we’ll be sending you an e-mail with a Tech Tip we hope you will try.

To take advantage of many of these tips, you will need to have a Google Account. No need to give up your current e-mail address, you can have a Google Account without having a g-mail address. But more about that later. Today, we’d like to tell you about a Google feature you can use on your phone to get information on businesses.

Our first tip:

411 Calls for FREE!!!  You know how expensive it can be to make a 411 call. But by calling 1-800-GOOG-411 from either your cell or home phone, you can get the same information for only the price of a phone call! Try it! Once you dial, a voice will prompt you to tell which city and state the business you are interested in is located. The voice will repeat what it believes you said. You have the chance to correct it if it gets it wrong. You can always say, “Go back” and try again. The voice will then ask the business name or category. Once the system has the name and location of the business you are interested in, it will automatically connect you!

Want more information? Click here to watch a short video