This podcast was mobile-recorded from the road, driving across Kansas following the Google Teacher Academy in Boulder, Colorado, on August 5, 2009. The GTA is a packed day of learning, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to not only learn more about Google and Google Tools, but also network with some extremely innovative teachers from around the United States. According to the official GTA website: The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators 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 K-12 educators in their local region.  [end of description] This podcast includes some of my reflections on my experiences as well as learning takeaways from #gtaco.

Show Notes:

  1. My notes from the Google Teacher Academy (linked in six posts – #gtaco)
  2. Google Teacher Academy (Information page for prospective applicants)
  3. Google Teacher Academy Resources for Participants
  4. Google Lit Trips by Jerome Burg (awesome integration use of Google Earth!!!)
  5. Great Book Stories (VoiceThread collaborative project)
  6. Make Way For Duckings Google Lit Trip
  7. Google Teacher Community (email list serve, open to anyone)
  8. Google Web Search – Classroom Lessons and Resources (nine modules)
  9. Google Search (at a mile a minute!)
  10. Just Search It! (developing a search mindset)
  11. Google Apps Education Community
  12. Photos of the Google Office in Boulder (from Google)
  13. Job Information for Google in Boulder, Colorado
  14. The Infinite Thinking Machine (Google Education Blog)
  15. Google SketchUp
  16. Google Sites for Teachers (great examples of teacher sites created with Google Sites)
  17. Jonathan Ive (inventor of iMac and many other Apple designs)
  18. AR-media Plugin for Google SketchUp
  19. Computer Using Educators, Inc. (CUE)
  20. WestEd

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3 Responses to Podcast326: Reflections on the Google Teacher Academy – Boulder, Colorado

  1. Barb in Nebraska says:

    Thank you for sharing your reflections. I really enjoyed it!

  2. Nice reflective podcast. GTACO was truly a great day.

    Have you done any Story Chaser work in Indiana? We cover state history in 4th grade and there are a lot of opportunities for digital history that year.

  3. Wesley Fryer says:

    Chris: I have not done Storychaser work in Indiana yet but would certainly love to! Please let me know if you have ideas for who I could contact in your area to propose some storychaser workshops.

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