From December 8-10 of this week I’ll be in Washington D.C. attending the Google Teachers Academy. From all I’ve heard, I can expect to be bombarded with a full host of Google based services teachers can use in the classroom to promote 21st century learning (not learning OF the 21st century, that would be a history teacher’s job, and as it happens….). I’ve never been more excited to be bombarded.
Many I tell about the GTA respond with, “How are you going to use Google in the classroom? Kids need help figuring out how to search for stuff on Google?” To the former, I usually respond with something to the effect of, “well I use maps and docs for so-and-so project to achieve such-and-such learning objectives”. To the latter question, I respond with, “Yes.”
While students do need help effectively searching the web, when it comes to students utilizing the web for learning, search is really only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many resources on the web for teachers to use, a gold panning sifter is needed to properly sort through them to find which resources are worth a teacher’s time, and which are worthy of an Internet blacklist.
While I’m there I’ll be soaking up everything like a sponge, but there’s no reason why I can’t help teachers who won’t be there. So, if you have any burning questions for the The Great and Mighty Googs, what are they? Are there any particular Google services you don’t understand or can’t see using in your classroom? Thinking of a particular unit coming up in your curriculum and would like to implement a web-based utility?
Leave a comment below and I’ll provide updates and replies with what I learn at GTADC.