About a month back a message was being retweeted all over my TweetDeck announcing that Google had released the date and location for their upcoming Google Teachers Academy. The GTA is described by Google as, “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.“
I was immediately captured by the possibility of attending this conference and clicked on the application to find a number of short answer questions and the statement that all applicants were to create a one-minute video showing either “motivation and learning in the classroom” or “innovative teaching.” I completed my own video application this morning, but not before checking out a few others. What I saw was not unsimilar to the results we educators often receive when we give an overall broad objective for our students to achieve.
Some videos were direct, sharing examples of how motivation, learning, and innovation looked in their own classroom and what the type of experiences they might bring to a conference.
Some evoked emotion, showing the educator’s own dedication to their students as a result of personal experiences, and the wonderful things they do with their students fueled by their passion.
Others focused on the question itself and their interpretation, not necessarily giving much perspective into their own classroom but more on how they interpreted what innovation or motivation was to them. (This particular example is quite slick and flashy if I do say so myself.)
Some were a combination of all of these (and my personal favorite… but don’t tell the GTA applicant board that!)
Ultimately I will be curious to know what type of applications receive an invitation… though I suspect it will likely be a mix of many. To conduct your own search simply visit youtube or google videos and search “Google Teacher Academy.” What do you think about the videos/messages shared?