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Google Teacher Academy UK – GTAUK

#GTAUK twitter feed

#GTAUK twitter feed

I am a Google Certified Teacher. Whatever this means – elitist, exciting, exclusive, awesome, globalisation, brilliant, egotistical – Google offer a fantastic range of tools that are more or less free to teachers and pupils. Well, a grand don’t come for free, so that makes us – the users – the product generating revenue for Google through advertising. Do I look bothered? Well, yes I do, somewhat. But I use Google products all the time in my work and leisure. Reservations are not dissimilar to what Doug Belshaw writes here.

Today was GTAUK12, the second GTA in London. I was at the first and it was awesome; inspiring and energising – I can still recollect the buzz I felt that day, a privileged invitee to Google’s offices. And now I have a badge!

Most importantly, what the day brought was many great teaching and learning resources. And so it did today. So here are a few I found:

  1. My bookmarks tagged GTAUK
  2. Google Sites resources from Zoe Ross
  3. GTA Resources homepage
  4. MoodTurn for a calming display and music (came from somewhere GTA)
  5. ThinkB4U – digital safety site fr teachers, pupils and parents
  6. A school’s Google Apps homepage – interesting organisational approach by Ian Addison
  7. Google Public Data Visualiser – like the awesome gapminder
  8. All Googles education projects for pupils to enter
  9. Google Art Project – much talked about and worth a look
  10. A GCT’s free guides to Google – by Richard Byrne, curator of Free Technology for Teachers
  11. Google Doc on Interesting Ways to use G+ in school (<18’s cannot sign up yet so keep this in mind)
  12. Google Maps by friend and legend Tom Barrett (there would be no GTA outside the USA without him!)
  13. Collection of GCT projects from Jim Sill.
  14. Google Chromebook classroom YouTube channel
  15. Jim Sill’s site on teenage pregnancy
  16. Google Apps training group running end of April and into May, all via G+
  17. Using G+ in the classroom. Student work from the gentleman that is Chris Allan.
  18. Teaching science on YouTube
  19. Personalised learning from Kevin McLaughlin
  20. Best of the Web video – great editing and in French too
  21. Making YouTube playlists
  22. YouTube for Teachers, the work of James Sanders
  23. A tip, not a link – make YouTube safer in classrooms by switching safe mode on at bottom of any YT web page.
  24. Intro to Google Apps Script for those who want to take it to the max, and the webinar to go with it
  25. Awesome HTML5 web experiments on chrome including infographic on evolution of the web
  26. Google Chrome ninja tricks
  27. Google Webfonts
  28. Slick presenting timer for IWB including stopwatch, countdown and YouTube alarm
  29. Make comics with Pixton
  30. Online video editing with Stupefix Studio
  31. Animation creator Zimmertwins
  32. Engage the class using any device with Socrative
  33. Back channel chatter to use in class TodaysMeet

I have undoubtedly missed many great links. All the resources used on the day are on link #3. My bookmarks include those from GTAUK10.

If there is anything else you think should be on here, please reply in the comments or tweet at me.

Finally, I made a quick twitter list of all the GCT’s I could find whilst GTA was on today (let me know if I missed you and I’ll add you – and apologies :). You can subscribe to it or follow the people on it. Mostly they are the newly certified Google teachers. Welcome to you all! The more the merrier.

Go inside Google Earth to learn how to use Google Earth - XtraNormally

XtraNormal in Google Earth video tutorials

Go inside Google Earth to learn how to use Google Earth - XtraNormally

I found this site via the Google Certified Teacher’s Google Group discussing Google Earth. It got me all of a fizzle about using this instructional layer KMZ file with pupils in Maths or Geography next year as part of ICT in Subjects.

You can download the Google Earth file here. The first link in the list contains the next ten tutorials. The last one you have to download separately. If you have never downloaded a KMZ file before then watch the video below (<2 minutes) – it’s late so forgive the narrator whomever he may be. :/

Props go to Thomas Petra who created Real World Maths.