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

Driving Questions

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

Getting to know you... all about you?

"Two Truths and A Dream Wish"
A variation on Two Truths and a Lie

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.

Follow the instructions below to complete the activity...

  1. Listen carefully to the instructions. This should take two minutes or less.
  2. Think of the best example of innovative teaching in your classroom that you can. For this exercise, the innovation does not have to involve computers, gadgets, or anything "techie." Right it down.
  3. Now think of a "dream wish". Something you would like to be able to do with colleagues or students, but have not been able to do yet.  Right it down. Think fast, and prepare to share. You have about two minutes.
  4. Share your examples with your teammates. You will have one minute each to share your example and any story behind it. When you are sharing, your team members can ask a question, but shouldn't "take over" the conversation.
  5. Rotate until everyone on your team has shared.
  6. Try to determine as a team each others "truths". (You have 2 minutes to do this.)
  7. Come together as a team to decide who shared the most innovative "dream wish". You have 2 minutes.
  8. A representative from your team will share the best example with the large group. Each group representative will have 1 minute 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 Apps Education Edition - Resources developed by GCTs (Lisa Thumann and Kevin Jarrett) for the GTA
Google Channels on YouTube