Posts Tagged ‘gta’

Google Teacher Academy Reflection

April 4, 2010

I was asked the other day if I own stock in Google.  I replied, “Are you crazy?  How could I afford that on a teacher’s salary?”  See for yourself.

The query was prompted by the Google lanyard that I wear my school ID badge on.  It is one of the goodies I got at the Google Teacher Academy last August in Boulder, CO.  Since attending the workshop, meeting the other participants, and joining the discussion board, things have not quite been the same.

Sense of Community

I feel more connected than ever to the world-wide community of tech-minded educators.  I am recognized as my region’s conduit to this community, and I am often asked to pass along questions or concerns.  Although I had previously interacted online with several of the educators selected to attend, it’s always wonderful to get to shake hands and put faces to names.  I was in a group with Paula White.  I had drinks with Wes Fryer.  This made my day.

Sense of Responsibility

As a teacher who “gets” technology, I have always felt responsible to share what I can with others.  Now that I wear the Google Certified Teacher hat, I feel obligated to answer questions that educators ask me about the Google tools.  Google gives so much to teachers and schools.

Sense of Accomplishment

To be considered for the program, I had to respond in essay form to several challenging questions that all educators face.  Additionally, I had to produce a one minute video on classroom innovation or motivation.  Check out the competition.  I was blown away when I got my acceptance letter.

Being a Google Certified Teacher has helped me connect and grow as an educator.  It has improved the types and quantity of professional development programs I offer, and it has helped my school administration understand just a little bit better exactly what it is I do in my classroom.

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We need a Google Tips clearinghouse

March 21, 2010

Since becoming a Google Certified Teacher, I’ve come across so many great technology resources, tips, and contacts that they’re impossible to enumerate.  It seems like everyone has a little corner of the web set aside to share their ideas.  I’m working on one myself to support my upcoming workshop, Go Paperless with Free Google Tools.

I was looking at Kathy Schrock‘s Google Goodies page, and I found this neat trick:

If you publish a Google Doc or Spreadsheet, and you want your users to have their own copy of the document or template, forward them the URL with &newcopy appended to the end of it.

What we need is a common clearinghouse for all of these sorts of Google tips and tricks.  Each Google tool has its own help documentation and associated forum, but I’m not sure that’s the right place for it.  The email traffic from the Google Certified Teachers discussion group is rich in resources and tips, but it is only open to the GCT community.  The Google Teacher Academy resources page is a start, but it’s not exactly what I have in mind.

What to do…