Educators all over the world have used Google‘s geo products to help students conceptualize, visualize, share and communicate information about the world around them. Coming up, there are two Google Geo Teachers Institutes planned: June 13 and 14, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland and June 20 and 21, 2012 in London, England. Both events will be held at the local Google office. (You can read about last year’s Institutes here).
“This two-day event is a free professional development experience designed to help educators get the most from Google’s geography-related products and technologies. Participants receive hands-on experience and learn best practices and tips for using Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google SketchUp, including a focus on features like Ocean, Mars, Moon and Sky in Google Earth. Attendees will also learn about innovative instructional strategies, theoretical foundations, and receive resources to share with colleagues. Speakers will share real life examples of how they are using these tools in their classrooms across all subjects.“
You should note, only people to who have applied and have been notified of acceptance may attend the Institute.
• Read through all of the entry form before completing the application.
• Educators worldwide may apply to attend this event, but all attendees must pay for their own travel and lodging.
• There is no way to save an application in progress, you should prepare all your responses before starting the application.
Questions on the application include, but are not limited to: • Which of these Google tools/resources are you most proficient with?
• List three of your favorite NON-Google technology tools/products that you use on a regular basis.
• In your current position, what percentage of your time is spent training or supporting classroom teachers?
If you are interested in joining of the of the Google Geo Teacher Institutes, complete this application by April 30, 2012. Invitations will be sent out based on availability by May 11, 2012.
Here’s a look at a some pastGoogleworkshops held here at Cooperating School Districts. The VLC is glad to say that more K-12 education classes are coming this summer! Check out the TELE schedule to see when we are offering Where in the World: Teaching with Google Earth & Google Maps, Google Feng Shui, and Google Search and Stuff.
For each of these classes, registered participants must bring their own laptop with wireless Internet capabilities. Also, participants must have a previously set up Google Account and/or Gmail Account. In addition, for those taking Where in the World, a free version of Google Earth must be downloaded to the laptop they bring.
Where in the World: Teaching with Google Earth & Google Maps takes place June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, Missouri. Do you want to connect your students to the “real world?” Interested in taking a trip but can’t afford it? How about a virtual field trip? Come find out exactly how Google Earth and Google Maps fit the needs of your curriculum from Google Certified Teacher Stephanie Madlinger. Bring your own laptop with wireless Internet capabilities and the free version of Google Earth downloaded. In this class, you will discover how to make your own Google Trips by creating a Google Earth (KMZ) lesson. You’ll find out how to explore KMZ lessons as well as how to effectively search for just the right one. Throughout this BYOL professional development experience, you will discover the importance of Google Earth and Maps and how to effectively use them in the classroom to support STEM. Participants will work collaboratively to develop lessons they can use today. $149 CSD member; $189 non-member. (One Graduate Credit Available). Click here for REGISTRATION.
(PRE-REQUISITE: You must have a Google Account and/or Gmail)
Where in the World? Do you wish you could roam around Rome? Take a virtual train to Spain? Come find out exactly how Google Earth and Google Maps fit the needs of the curriculum covered in your schools.
You’ll find out how to make a KMZ lesson as well as find out how to effectively search for the ones that are already made! This July 12th class is taught by a Google Certified Teacher at Cooperating School Districts’ tele. Bring your own laptop with wireless Internet capabilities! ($149 CSD member; $189 non-member | one grad credit is available)
Register for Teaching with Google Earth & Google Maps here.