Google Comes to Minot
I went to a conference in Minot,
Presented by the Google group.
I was so impressed those two days,
I even felt to be in the loop!
From Google Earth to Search and more,
I left each session and with tools galore.
The leaders were all fun, energetic and bright,
And kept us enthralled, knowing our plight.
I left this workshop with both optimism and pride,
And will keep these tools with me and close to my side.
Mark Reinig – Fairmount, ND 58030
I think this poem from attendee, Mark Reinig, sums it up. Cindy Lane, Lainie Rowell and I read this on the way to the airport to catch our flights home after the two-day Google Workshop for Educators held in Minot, ND. We then forwarded it to the other Lead Learners that had presented with us: Ken Shelton, Katie Morrow and Steve Dembo.
Minot Daily News
This was the largest Google Workshop for Educators that Cue has run with about 130 educators attending. Educators rotated through a total of 10 sessions including:
- Search Part 1
- Google Docs
- Google Sites
- Search Part 2
- Google Maps
- Google Earth
- Even More
All the sessions were hands-on and the tech staff from Minot (including Brian and Alicia) kept everything running smoothly. But besides the poem, what I really wanted to share were the speed demos that we all chose to present at the conclusion of the first day. Now, I will tell you that Steve wanted to call them “Steve Dembos”, but we didn’t have time to take an official vote. These are the tools that we each had 3 minutes to demonstrate to the group:
- Ken- Image Swirl – http://image-swirl.googlelabs.com/
- Similar images
- Filtered results o Visual interface
- Steve – Google Voice – http://www.google.com/voice
- What is Google Voice?
- Google Voice in education
- Lainie – Mobile Maps – http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/
- Street View
- Transit & Traffic
- Using your computer to make it easier
- Katie – Aviary – http://aviary.com/ (included in Google Apps Education Edition)
- Image Editor
- Audio Editor
- Screen Capture
- Lisa – Gmail Labs – http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/introducing-gmail-labs.html
- Google Docs previews in mail
- Green Robot
- Got the wrong Bob?
- Nested Labels
I had a great time presenting with these GCTs and learned something from each of them. What a pleasure.
Why not Minot? Seriously, I think I may have to go back for another visit.