The first ever Google Teacher Academy UK is coming to London on Thursday 29th July 2010! The only reason I’m accepting for YOU not applying is if you’ve already booked your summer holiday for that date. And even then, it had better be somewhere nice… :-p
If you’re an educator (especially if you’re in the UK) this is a great opportunity to be part of something that we’ve called (and especially Tom Barrett) has called for over the last few years. In addition, you could get to become a Google Certified Teacher!
There’s two parts to the application process: an online form and a 1-minute video.
You can apply for Google Teacher Academy UK here:
(closing date: 17 June 2010)
Here’s 10 bits of advice from me if you’re thinking of applying:
- Read what’s required of you. Seriously. For example, don’t submit a video that’s longer than 1 minute in length!
- It’s not how much you know about Google and use their tools already. You are allowed to show proficiency in other tools and processes.
- The video needs to address one (or both) of the these themes: a) Motivation and Learning, b) Classroom Innovation. You don’t have to feature physically in the video, but these themes do.
- Don’t whinge. Show yourself in a positive light.
- There’s no point in ticking every box for a question. It’s as if you didn’t tick any of them if you do that.
- In the ‘technology skills’ section, don’t do yourself down. If you’re not a newbie, there’s no reason to tick the newbie box!
- Read up on what Google Certified Teachers do and who they are. It will make your answers more informed.
- Post your video on YouTube. Not elsewhere. And make it publicly viewable (double-check!)
- Fill in your answers in a word processor (Google Docs!) and then copy-and-paste the answers in to the form. This will give you chance to reflect on them and run a word count.
- Some people have added the one-minute application video to their Google Certified Teacher page (e.g. Chris Craft). Check these out for inspiration – as well a YouTube search for ‘Google Teacher Academy’.
I’m firmly of the opinion that it’s worth giving up not only some of your summer holiday for Google Teacher Academy but also the time it takes to apply. You don’t need to be a current teacher to apply (I’m not!) but you do need to work with educators in some way. Cite your online as well as offline work.
This isn’t a time to be shy, it’s a time to step up and apply for something potentially life-changing. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the end of July!
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