GWE Welcome - Edmonton, Alberta

Welcome Activity:

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... and make an innovation connection!
  1. Listen carefully to the instructions. This should take two minutes or less.
  2. Think of the best example of innovation in education that you can. 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 have about two minutes to think.
  3. Share the example you've chosen with the whole team. You will each have about two minutes to introduce yourself and share your example (and any story behind it). This needs to be the "elevator pitch" for the innovation you are sharing! When one team member is sharing, the others can ask questions, but shouldn't "take over" the conversation.
  4. Rotate until every person on the team has shared their example. With teams of six or seven, this should take about 12 or 14 minutes... so you'll have 15 minutes to complete sharing.
  5. Come together as a team to decide who shared the best example of innovation in education. Again, you'll have about 2 minutes.
  6. A representative from your team will share the best example with the large group. Each group representative will have 1 minute to share.

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?

Google Almanac - A Google Site Created by GTCs (Kyle Brumbaugh, Jerome Burg, Cheryl Davis, & Kathleen Ferenz) for the GTA

Googlepedia - Another good reference book to use when teaching particular applications.
Google Aps Tutorial
Google Channels on YouTube
Looking to use Google Apps with your school?  Check out the instructions on this site by GCT Scott Meech.

Keep Track of Changes with

Google Twitter Feeds
Google Blog Posts

GTA Resources:
NECC GCT Lessons
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!
    • Manage your account and Edit email addresses to add additional addresses. More detail...
    • If you use Gmail, you can also send and receive with other email accounts!

Creating a Google Account