Welcome and Introductions

Please Create a Google Account before our workshop.
  • Google Accounts can be made using any email address.
  • Gmail Accounts are already Google Accounts (but not all Google Accounts are Gmail accounts).
  • Create a Google Account (if you haven't already).
  • Associate other email accounts with your Google Account!

Google Presentation

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Today's Driving Questions

1. What free and educationally beneficial services are available from Google?
2. How will you use Google services as a teacher?
3. How will your students use Google services?

Getting to know you... all about you!

This welcome activity will give you an opportunity to meet and connect with the people in your team. Think of it as "speed dating" for geeky educators! It is also meant to help you kick start your innovative thinking for the day - with a clear focus on learning. So stretch your mind and exercise your creativity. :)

  1. Follow the instructions below to complete the activity... and make an innovation connection!
  2. Listen carefully to the instructions. This should take two minutes or less.
  3. Think of the best example of innovation in education that you can. You'll have about two minutes. For this exercise, the innovation should not involve computers, gadgets, or anything "techie." The example doesn't need to be something you've done yourself. Perhaps it's something one of your teachers did when you were a student or something you've seen one of your colleagues (or heroes) do. Think fast, and prepare to share. You'll need to "pitch" your idea in 1 minute or less!
  4. Take turns until every person at your table has had an opportunity to share. 
  5. Come together as a team to decide who shared the best example of innovation in education. You have 2 minutes.
  6. A representative from your team will share the best example with the large group. Each group representative will have 2 minutes to share.
Google Almanac -
A Google Site Created by GTCs (Kyle Brumbaugh, Jerome Burg, Cheryl Davis, & Kathleen Ferenz) for the GTA
Google Hacks - A good reference book. The first half or so includes some great tips... the rest gets a bit technical.
Googlepedia - Another good reference book to use when teaching particular applications.
Google Earth Lessons - A bunch of lesson plans.
Google Aps Tutorial
Google Lit Trips - By Jerome Burg
Google Channels on YouTube
Looking to use Google Apps with your school.  Check out the instructions this site by GCT Scott Meech.

GTA Resources:

The Pink Elephant in the Room