I was recently privileged to attend the Google Teacher Academy at the Google Headquarters Campus (Google-plex) in Mountain View, California. It was an absolutely amazing event, and quite possibly the most exciting, useful, memorable professional development that I have been a part of!
I have been a fan of Google tools/apps for a long time, and have expressed those sentiments here on my blog in previous posts. The teacher academy took my love for these tools to a whole new level. The 62 of us who attended the academy were already pretty savvy Google apps users, and I think every single one of us came away from our 2 day training event with more new ideas, tools, strategies, tips, and teaching ideas than we could possibly absorb. I am going to need my entire Christmas break just to go back over my many pages of notes (typed in Google Drive Docs, of course!) so I can process and digest everything I learned.
In the new year, I am hoping to get more and more teachers and students in our district using terrific Google Apps for Education, including Chrome browser, Drive (docs, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and more), YouTube (view AND create/edit videos), maps/Earth, Sites, and Search. There is so much more that you can do with these tools than you ever imagined!
I have added a Google page to my blog. I will try to share resources, tutorials and more about many different Google tools on this page. Feel free to visit the page and use the resources for your own learning or to share with colleagues!
What Google apps/tools do you like the best? Are there any that you would like to learn more about? When I offer workshops on Google tools in the new year, what topics would you like to see? Your feedback is appreciated!