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This is a busy time of year for many educators, but it is also an exciting time, with many summer professional development opportunities on the horizon. One of the most exciting is the Google Teacher Academy, an exclusive event produced by CUE for Google, in partnership with WestEd. There are still two more weeks to apply to the GTA
. Naturally, we hope that the Ed
community will be well represented at the event and encourage you all to apply.
Google Teacher Academy
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. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other primary and secondary educators in their local region. More...
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The EdTechTeam is proud to announce the next Google Teacher Academy. As part of our work with our largest client, Computer Using Educators, our team is responsible for producing the GTA for Google.
Applications now open for the Google Teacher Academy
Sydney, Australia on March 10, 2011. Apply by 11:59 PST on January 27, 2011.
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. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other primary and secondary educators in their local region. More…
I was recently afforded the opportunity to lead the first ever Google Apps EDU Certified Training in Ames, Iowa on September 29 & 30. As one of three lead learners, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Danny Silva and Christine Archer-Davidson who are also both Google Certified Teachers and Google Apps EDU Certified Trainers. At this event, we focused on applications in the core Google Apps suite--Docs, Sites, and Calendar. We also provided some elective times for participants where they were able to learn about Gmail, Moderator, the Apps Dashboard, the Apps Marketplace, and more depending upon their interest.
We had a more advanced group including technology directors, coordinators, trainers, and even teachers. It was fast and furious, but this group kept up with everything we could dish out. What surprised me the most was how excited they were to learn new ways to use Google in the classroom. This was not your everyday, mandatory PD session!
At this event, we used Moderator to field questions throughout the day so that we could take the time at the end of each day and answer questions in front of the main group. Some really great questions came out of this and we set aside time at the end of each day to answer a number of them. Below are just a couple of questions we fielded during the event and I thought I would share the responses with the world.
"Did you indicate that you can "batch" download ALL of your Google docs to one ZIP file?" Mark, NE Iowa
This is a great question. For those of you who want offline copies of the documents you have in your Google Docs account, then fear not! Google actually allows you to download up to 2GB of files in zip format at one time. What’s really great is that you also get to pick and choose which file formats you want for your downloads.
To export your files, you need to be in Google Docs. At first only 50 docs will show up. If you continue to scroll down, then more docs are added to the “queue”. Select all docs by going to the drop down under “All items” and then choose “Select all visible”.
From there, you just need to go to “More Actions” and select “Export”.
You will then be brought to the Convert and Download screen. This is where you can pick and choose what/how you want to export items. Remember that you can only download 2GB at a time so it may take some trial and error to get everything down.
"How did you put the Wordle-like document in the spreadsheet? What tool did you use?" Heather
This is another great question. Google Spreadsheets has so many nifty gadgets that can interact with forms. One of the gadgets is the Word Cloud gadget or the Advanced Word Cloud gadget. This allows you to do lots of neat things like using Forms to collect adjectives from students or feedback from teachers at a professional development, have that information population into a spreadsheet, publish them into a Gadget, and create a visual cloud of words similar to Wordle. I have recorded a screencast of the process that walks you through it. It’s pretty quick and it can be a great conversation starter!
Recently I've seen a few people twittering about their aha
teaching moment and it got me to thinking what is my AHA! educational
technology moment. I'm not sure I can pinpoint one in particular, but rather a
few key moments that turned ed tech into an all consuming passion for me.
I began teaching at an enormous middle school in Los Angles
Unified School District in the mid 1990s. As a new teacher back then there were
many opportunities to visit other classrooms and see different teaching
methods, lessons and ideas. Some were great others were a great experience in
how not to run a classroom (I still think these hold immense benifit to see
things done poorly and reflect on how you would change them). About two months
into my teaching experience I walked into one classroom where utter chaos was
alive and well; but in a positive way.
The classroom was loud, much louder than any other classroom I'd
been in to that point.
Students were moving around the rooms in many different size groups.
Computers were going, keyboards clacking away, HyperStudio filling the screens.
Desks were pushed out of the way. Did I mention it was loud?
What impressed me most was that students were all engaged, all
were working on some part of the project and could talk about what they were
doing. That's when I knew there was substance to this technology thing combined
with group projects ( it wasn't quite Challenge Based Learning yet), and student
To be sure there was plenty of chaos in the room as class
managent wasn't too high on the teacher’s list. That said there was a lot to
work with. That’s when I began lobbying to get into that room rotation, the
only rotation on campus with computers. After about a year I was able to work
my way into that rotation beginning my own strange science of teaching. Those
poor Apple All-in-One G3’s were worked well beyond the 233 MHz processor they
had. Jumping into that room I quickly found out just what a transformation
technology could make in teaching. There were some amazing projects,
conversations and ideas those students came up with and it was a sheer pleasure
to teach there. That when I knew this is what I wanted to do.
Another major turning point was the 3rd generation iPod. Not only
did it get rid of those funky orange buttons, but it brought about voice
recording. Send that home with some students and watch out. To see the projects
students created, the pride they exhibited, self discovery, and amazement at
easily being able to work in the field and once more I knew there was something
going on here. I'd sent laptops home beofore that, cameras and video as well,
but this was something entirely different. It was easy to use, powerful and fit
in a pocket. I still to this day get chills watching one of the projects in
particular. That project, about a student discovering her Cuban roots was an
amazing story about her father and aunt coming to the states that left every
child with a gapping mouth.
There've been many more moments and I hope many more to come, but
these two were influnential in getting me into educational technology and then
allowing me to discover the power of mobile learning. I really can’t wait to
see what's next!