Welcome to the Google Workshop for Educators!

Google Workshop for Educators

January 25th, 2011
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (w/1 hour lunch break)
Toronto Airport Hilton Hotel,
5875 Airport Road,
Mississauga, Ontario
L4V 1N1
Lead Learner:

Cindy Lane, MSEd
Google Certified Teacher
Schooltown PD Director,
Adjunct Professor
Discovery Education PD Team,
eMINTS certified specialist
Instructional Technology Consultant
Contact me:
clane (Twitter)

YouTube Video


Welcome Slides:

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.


A few things that will help...
  • Your group (get emails/share a doc)
  • Use Firefox or Chrome
  • Learn to open a new tab in your browser (ctrl+T)
  • Come back to this page...a lot!


  • application.google.com (i.e.docs.google.com)


This workshop could not be done without the commitment & continued work of 
Google Certified Teachers from around the world.  Thank you!