“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” —Bill Gates

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Google Teacher Academy - Check!

Well, I'm back from the Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View, still trying to digest all that happened. What an experience! Two days of intense learning, together with 61 more educators.

Here's an overview of what happened these days:

Day 1 - GTA - Arrived at 7:30am. Meet my team. Reception and breakfast. Welcome message and overview. Demo slam by the team leaders. First 2 break out rotations. Break and snacks. Get to know each other activity. Third rotation. Lunch. Google product demo. Last 2 rotations. Another break and snacks. Sharing of ideas. Google product demo. Digital literacy. Break. Action plans. Pinning ceremony. Dinner. End of day at 8:00pm.

Day 2 - Unconference - Arrived at 8:00am. Breakfast. Free choice hands-on sessions. Lunch. Free choice hands-on sessions. Googleplex tour. Closing. End of day at 4:30pm.

The days were packed with new information, revolving around 5 major strands: 
Visualizing your World, Sharing your World, Collaborating with the World, Exploring your World, and Searching your World. We got to see and hear first hand, from the leaders of important projects taking place in Google, what they are currently working on.

I am very impressed on how much Google has dedicated to education. There seems to be an educational value into any Google product there is. Pretty awesome!

I have tons of notes to sort through, much to remember, and a lot to try out! And to think that we just touched the surface of all the functionality of the major tools.

I value the professional learning community I have entered and the strong relationships I have established with great people from around the globe.

Thank you Google for an amazing experience and for the opportunity to help change the world!



  1. Sounds like you had a fun "unconference". I haven't attended Google's seminar, but hopefully soon. It is great that Google is so committed to education! I am starting my own google keyword website. After reading your review, I look forward to future conferences! Thanks!

  2. You know, it was all fun, from beginning to end! If you have a chance to attend a GAFE Summit, that's a great place to start. http://www.gafesummit.com/ What a great idea your keyword website is! Good luck!