Becoming a Google Certified Teacher by Tiaan Lotter (@MrLotter)

This is a guest post from Tiaan Lotter, one of four teachers from South Africa who were selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy in London after the very successful EdTechTeam’s Google in Education Summit held at Parklands College in Cape Town in September 2013. Tiaan tells us about his amazing experience at the Google Teacher Academy. The Idea  During 2013 Parklands College hosted the first ever Google Apps For Educate (GAFE) Summit in South Africa. During the final presentation the...

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Four South African educators to attend Google Teacher Academies (London and Stockholm) in December!

The very successful first ever in Africa Google in Education Summit, presented by the International Ed Tech Team from the US and hosted by SchoolNet and Parklands College at Parklands in Cape Town, has been and gone…leaving behind a trail of excitement about the possibilities of using Google Apps effectively in the classroom.   At the Summit there was an information session on opportunities for teachers with Google apart from using the free Google Apps in the classroom. The two opportunities...

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Gleanings from the Google Teacher Academy in New York, October 3rd and 4th

In my post yesterday I wrote a reflection on the latest Google Teacher Academy in New York. The more I think about it, it was a mind blowing experience! We absorbed so much useful information both informally through networking and sharing, and formally from the various talented presenters. Today’s post will mention but a FEW of my take aways from the GTA experience Something interesting about Google When you are there walking through different parts of the huge building you see all these young (so...

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Reflecting on the Google Teacher Academy experience – you MUST try to attend one!

Submitted by Fiona Beal A Google Teacher Academy (GTA) is definitely something that every teacher interested in technology integration should strive to attend at some stage of their teaching career. I have just been privileged to attend one in New York and have come back somewhat exhilarated and enthused, and quite amazed at the enormous amount of learning that happened in that short whirlwind of time.   So what exactly is a Google Teacher Academy?   Google holds these popular events consist...

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The Google Teacher Academy in New York #2: Jeffery Bradbury’s TeacherCast podcasting site

It is just  day or two before the greatly anticipated Google Teacher Academy, and I thought I would take a look at what some of the other 49 attendees get up to in their daily technology explorations. This podcasting site, TeacherCast caught my attention. It is hosted by Jeffrey Bradbury, one of the Google attendees,  and it contains many really interesting educational podcasts, blog posts, app reviews and much more! I follow Jeffrey Bradbury o...

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The Google Teacher Academy in New York #1: What does Google New York look like?

Submitted by Fiona Beal In a few days time (on the 3rd and 4th October) 50+ excited educators from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic and South Africa (that’s me) will be descending on New York to attend the Google Teacher Academy New York 2012. These educators have been selected from the hundreds of applications from around the world, so undoubtedly many interested folk will be following the #GTANY Twitter hashtag to get a glimpse of the proceedings. I love the way ...

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A South African educator heads off to the Google Teacher Academy in New York next month

Submitted by Fiona Beal The Google Teacher Academy is not really all that well known in South Africa yet, but in countries like the USA, Britain and Australia, teachers who are interested in integrating the curriculum with technology clamour to attend. Just as Microsoft has its popular products and free tools, Google provides very useful programs such as Blogger blogs, Google Forms, Google Chrome with its huge selection of extensions designed to make browsing a dream, and Google Reader as a place to r...

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