I haven’t mentioned too much about my Google Teacher Academy experience in Atlanta this summer. I am just having difficulty putting it into words. The pictures alone still do not effectively relay my experience. Maybe it’s because I had the GCTATL event, followed by ISTE’s precon event Hack Edu. and finally the ISTE conference, so the term overwhelmed is an absolute understatement. So much is swimming in my head STILL weeks later!! I did try to share a few of my favorite sessions at ISTE a few times previously on this blog.
Some of my friends are beginning to share their experiences for GTA, and I want to share AND feature some of their content, especially since they really capture the essence of the experience. Maybe some of my pictures will take care of this for me. We were cautioned about taking too many photos, and to be sure not to capture actual working “Googlers” while in their office. Factor in my AWE, and I didn’t take as many as I thought. I tried to capture the workspaces we were in and the GCT attendees hard at work.
Take a moment to read through these two GCT’s reflections that REALLY resonate with me!!
- Andy Plemmons, teacher librarian at Barrow Media Center
- Chelsi Eminger, Technology Coach from Ohio’s Mentor Public Schools
Of course I have to give a shout out to Chelsi Eminger, who’s five minute pres has inspired me to work with a class or two using this exact project. Prior to GTA, I’d never even heard of Eric Curts. Chelsi, thanks for sharing this, enlightening me, and giving me a real project to work into my teaching context immediately!!
There is much more to process. Hopefully I will eventually pull it into a few posts. I complimented Andy and Chelsi via twitter about their reflections, admitting I had difficulty trying to put any of the experience in writing. So this is my attempt to begin doing just that, as encouraged by Andy. I’m really encouraged to realize I’m not the only one struggling with a sufficient reflection.
@cathyjo it could be better but I finally had to just put some words down. Took forever!
— Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) July 22, 2014