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