In an earlier post, we congratulated Cindy Lane from the Lindbergh School District on being accepted to the Google Teacher Academy. She’ll be heading to California next week. We wanted to learn more about it, so we visited Google (that’s where we also found the icon to the left) and here’s what the website says:
“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.
A Google Certified teacher is an educator attended a Google Teacher Academy and is now a Google Certified Teacher. Google Certified Teachers are:
- Exceptional K-12 educators with a passion for using innovative tools to improve teaching and learning.
- Creative leaders who understand their local needs and can spread innovation as a recognized expert.
- Ambassadors for change who model high expectations, life-long learning, collaboration, equity & inclusion, and innovation.
- Certified in Google technology and able to lend their knowledge to you through professional development.
Each Google Certified Teacher has:
- Developed a “Personal Action Plan” to extend their learning to their community.
- Actively participated in the Google Certified Teacher Online Community.
- Shared the impact of their work with other Google Certified Teachers and will continue to do so through an end-of-year reflection.“
We’re excited to share that Cindy will be sharing her Google knowledge as a featured speaker at the Midwest Education Technology Conference in January 2009! Since we have some time between now and January, check out Google Earth 4.3. It is now available and Cindy says it is awesome.
Differentiating Instruction with Discovery Streaming
Discovery Streaming (formerly unitedstreaming) is not just videos. St. Louis area teachers, come to CSD’s tele to find out how to use this awesome resource more effectively in your teaching! Dynamic instructor Cindy Lane will help you discover ways to develop curriculum based Writing Prompts, Quizzes and Assignments through the use of the Teacher Center.
In this one day workshop, Cindy will show you ways to save time & make your teaching easier by creating common assessments and sharing them with your school and district through the use of My Content. Bring a lesson idea, its objectives or GLE’s, and be ready to develop easy to use resources for more differentiated instruction. You’ll meet other St. Louis area teachers utilizing Discovery Streaming, too. Walk away at the end of the day with a ready to use lesson- and earn graduate credit (see tele website for details). Interested?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 from 9am-4pm
$125 CSD member; $195 non-member
Register at: www2.csd.org/tele
Today Lindbergh’s Cindy Lane taught Using Digital Media in the Classroom (Featuring Google Earth) for a class of eager learners in the tele. Cindy is a past Midwest Education Technology Conference presenter and will also be presenting at METC 2009 at the St. Charles Convention Center in January.
The Virtual Learning Center also wants to congratulate Cindy for being selected to become a Google Certified Teacher– she will represent the Show Me State later this summer when she travels to California for her certification! Great news for a great lady! We can’t wait to learn even more ways to incorporate Google Earth in the classroom…