In April 2013, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to co-present with my colleague, Karen Beutler, at the Ontario Google Summit on the topic of Blended Learning with Google Apps. It was exciting to share and present what we have learned over the past two years in the Toronto District School Board as a Google Apps for Education district. What was even more exciting, however, was the professional learning I personally experienced at the summit. It was the most motivating and inspirational learning opportunity I had experienced in a very long time.
When I saw the application for the Google Teacher Academy posted, I thought – that sounds amazing – why not share my story with others? And so I put together a video and my application and waited along with so many other passionate educators from around the world. I was beyond excited to find out that I had been accepted and invited to attend the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago in July of 2013.
Google Teacher Academy Video Application 2013
Google Teacher Academy, Chicago – July 2013
Wow! What an experience. I’m not even sure how to begin to describe the experience, but what stood out for me were the people that I met and remain connected to even today. I met educators from around the world sharing their experiences and stories about the integration of technology into the classroom and how it can impact student learning.
Connecting Canadian Educators
While we were at the GTC we had to pick a project that we were going to work on over the next year in our new roles as Google Certified Teachers. While I had loved my experience at the Ontario Google Summit – and it was what motivated me to apply – I also recognized that were was, at times, a disconnect between the experiences of educators in the United States and those in Canada. I knew that we had amazing teachers across Canada that could share and present their work and ideas – and so it became important for me to connect and grow the community of GCTs across Canada. I’m THRILLED that the number of GCTs in Ontario has more than doubled in just over a year. Check out the Ontario Google Educators Group and the GEG Canada for more information.