Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Google Learner Academy

To say the last couple of months have been a blur would be an understatement. It really does seem like yesterday I got the email notifying me that I had been selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy. So much has happened for me and my family since then. It is hard to believe GTAMTV is upon us!

Yes, I realize that there is no such thing as a technological "Silver Bullet" but the opportunities that Google Apps for Education has afforded my school district and me are too many to list. I'll admit it, I'm a full blooded Google fanboy and this is a dream come true. The funny thing is, despite the fact that my district has been a Google Apps District for 5 years, I neglected to connect with peers and apply for the Google Teacher Academy until this Spring. I can't explain the reasons why, and I regret the fact that I waited so long to apply, but the past is the past. It is time to look forward.

So I'm now looking forward to tomorrow...  the Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View California, at the Google headquarters. In many ways, it still seems too good to be true. And after meeting many of my cohort face to face for the first time tonight, the anticipation is even greater. I'm really honored to be part of such a talented and passionate group of educators from all over North America and beyond. At times I find myself becoming overwhelmed by the greatness. Just watching the application videos is an impressive display of educational awesomeness. You won't find a more dedicated group of people.

As I visited with some of the super talented people in the GTAMTV cohort tonight, I heard many stories of family, teaching, leading, music, technology, and much more. The more I visited and listened, the more I began to realize that we are all lifelong learners. Even though we have titles like Teacher, Principal, Administrator, Librarian, Technology Coach, Technology Director, we are all learners. I've also seen the label "lead learner" for this event and also making the rounds on Twitter and other social media circles. Tonight that label made perfect sense. Even as we prepare to work with such an impressive group of people, we are all learning together....

Being around such greatness and creativity in such a great setting can also be intimidating for some. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or intimidated, I think of the video "Obvious to you. Amazing to others." We need to confidently learn with one another and share willingly. Don't be afraid that someone else already knows more, or can do something better.

I'm glad I'm part of the Google Teacher Learner Academy!

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