Friday, January 21, 2011

62 Interesting Ways* to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

I forgot to post this at the end of last year. Tom Barrett (of course!) sent out a tweet asking if people would like to contribute to a collaborative Google Doc on 'Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom'. Within 30 minutes there were 20+ entries. Within an hour there were 40+. This was the best demonstration of hyperconnectivity, collaboration and generosity, churning out amazing resources in no time at all, I have seen.

Anyway, check out 62 Interesting Ways* to Use Google Forms in the Classroom and add your own ideas to this collaborative exercise (my ideas are #6 and 18):

Monday, January 17, 2011

Google Teacher Academy Application - Motivation and Learning: "Engage Me... or Enrage Me!"

What with starting my studies it's been a while since my last post, apologies. Guess what? Google is coming to town! That's right, the next Google Teacher Academy is coming to Sydney, Australia on March 10, 2011!!!

This is too good an opportunity to pass up, Google, here, in Sydney. I applied for the previous GTA in the US but missed out. After making so many great inroads at my 17 schools (particularly around using things like Google Doc Forms to save time, test students, perform evaluations and analyse in an instant) it would be just awesome to be immersed into the educational world of Google by Google themselves. To become a Google Certified Teacher would be truly amazing, meeting and collaborating with similar, like-minded teachers and passing on my skills and learning to the 1200 teachers I work with.

ADE eat your heart out, I want to be a GCT at the GTA!

If you are interested, check out the link. The closing day for applications is 11:59 PST on January 27, 2011.

Anyhow, you can probably tell I really want this. Here is my one minute original video included in my application, enjoy:

Postscript: within a day of writing this I was contacted by Google's representatives to present on the day and help out (whilst qualifying at the same time). As you can imagine I was seriously chuffed. Then, whilst on Cloud 9, I noticed the date had changed to when I am OS. Gutted! Never mind, it was incredibly flattering to be asked, maybe next time. Either way, I didn't bother making the video (saving the ideas for next time ;)
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