Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Google Teacher Academy

G'day Students and Parents,
     Well, I'm finished with my training, and I'm officially a Google Certified Teacher.  The academy itself was only two days, but it is two days that I will never forget.  The days themselves were long (and jet lag didn't help with that, either!) but I learned so much that it was well worth it.  As a matter of fact, as one of my students loves to say, it was "full of awesomeness".

     I'm now a part of a group of educators from all over the world who aren't afraid to try things differently, to think outside of the box, and who really want to see their students learn in fun and unique ways.  Just the fact that a teacher in New Zealand wants her students to work with my students on a digital project still completely blows my mind.

     Sidenote: Google has created so many fun and free apps to help make sure learning happens that there's no way I could list them all in a single blog post!  Click here to just see some of them.

     This whole experience has completely changed my life, and I don't think I can ever look at my classroom the same way again.  My room halls walls, yes, but I don't want my students to think that learning only has to happen within them.  Students: think globally, think big picture, and shoot for the moon.

     Lol... now I just need to look through all my notes (over 20 pages worth!) to figure out how I can use all this stuff best in my classroom!

     Oh, I've also updated the Tumblr pretty frequently if you want to see some pictures from my trip!  Students and parents, if you ever get the chance to visit Australia, go!  It is an incredible place.  

~Mr Piercey
Google Certified Teacher
@mrpiercey on Twitter

PS: No kangaroos yet, kids.  I'm heading over to the Blue Mountains this morning, and supposedly they've got some wild ones there.  I'll let you know if they wear boxing gloves or not... :-)

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