Notes from Google Teacher Academy
Note: I took these notes in Google notebook and exported them to Google docs and after they were formatted, I posted to blogger from Google docs.
Google Teacher AcademyTeachers Going to Google :) Home - Teachers Going to Google :)
This is what many of these teachers feel like -- 250 applications for 50 spots here. I wish everyone could come! 5 different countries - Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Phillipines, 56 people in the room.
Chris Walsh - Introduction - Google Teacher AcademyChris Walsh Google for Educators Site - http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html This is about the innovation that Google brings to the table to the classroom. Note from Vicki: I agree with this totally, I use a method in my classroom called 'Google Led Socratic Teaching" Google has created an atmosphere that promotes innovation -- Note: Bicycles are everywhere, most people are casual, microkitchens, decor -- it is a really cool environment. Microkitchens - they are everywhere. Find just about anything you could ever want to eat. They do this on purpose -- feed people well if you want them to work well. ("Partake of the chocolate river" They had more applicants than any other teacher academy every. They have over 200 Google certified teachers around the world.
Mark Wagner - Innovation ConnectionLeading the innovation connection. Speed dating for geeky teachers. - 30 minute activity. 2 minutes - to think up an innovation that you've done in education but NO technology. (Gather with teams) - Team names are after 19th century innovators. http://sites.google.com/site/gtaresources Cool ideas:
- Teacher that adopted a stream/ watershed behind the school -- cleaned it up w/ class and the salmon run came back -- used to educate the whole school.
- Stereophone w/ pvc looped sound of reading to the student's ear to help find commas, etc. -each one cost 15 cents apiece.
Cristin Frodella, Program Manager - Google Teacher AcademyFocus on the user and all else will follow -- Part of their culture.
1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.
2. It's best to do one thing really, really well.
3. Fast is better than slow.
4. Democracy on the web works.
5. You don't need to be at your desk to need an answer.
6. You can make money without doing evil.
7. There's always more information out there.
8. The need for information crosses all borders.
9. You can be serious without a suit. **I love this -- Jeans, t-shirts, shorts -- very relaxed. (I like that.)
10. Great just isn't good enough. **Very academic place -- get "graded" every single quarter - OKR (Objectives and key results) -- gets graded every quarter. Based upon "grades" for how they get paid. (WOW! I like this.). Good advice for students and teachers too. FOCUS ON THE STUDENT AND ALL ELSE WILL FOLLOW. Innnovation is something that works also outside of technology. She actually said that althought they are teaching Google tools, they encourage us to innovate w/ whatever tools do the job. (Wow!) I love the objectives of Google Teacher Academy -- to inspire us to be agents of change but also to give feedback to Google - help us to make a community of excellence. "Creative education leaders who understand their local needs and can spread innovation as a recognized expert." Our responsibilities: I. Professional Development
By February 2009, lead at least 3 professional development activities on ways that innovative tools can be effectively used in the classroom or school.
- Hands-on Workshop
- Peer Coaching Program
- Large Group Presentations
- Online Learning Events & Modules
- Weekly Podcast Program
- Weekly Blog Posts
- Three Activities You Plan to Lead
- Intended Audience
- Intended Results
- Demonstrates the concept so that other GCTs might implement it
- Utilizes at least one Google tool
- Serves a specific educational purpose
- 30 minutes for "rapid prototyping"
- 30 minutes for sharing
Chris Walsch - Google Search & Personalized Information90% of peoplethink that Google Search is what it is all about http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/ - Link to every product that Google Has
- Advanced search -- copyrighted authors tend to do pdf's -- so you can go in advanced search and search for pdfs - http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en - We need to teach students to search by file type.
- You can search within a domain - UCLA - education science ucla.edu and search powerpoints from there.
- do an order of operations lesson - type in a long math problem and google will add parentheses in there for you -- can discuss this
- define: and the word -- Note: I use this ALL the time in my "google led" socratic teaching.
- Search bar is no longer a place to find websites -- it finds INFORMATION
- Google 411 - http://www.google.com/goog411/index.html#utm_source=us-et-more&utm_medium=et&utm_campaign=GOOG-411 - Call (1-800-466-4411) About GOOG-411 Google's new 411 service is free, fast and easy to use. Give it a try now and see how simple it is to find and connect with local businesses for free. It will answer with a text message.
- Talks and shares iGoogle Note: We teach all of our teachers to use igoogle, it is a great entry level igoogle page. Also if you do hosting w/ Google -- you can create customized igoogle pages for your school.