Why Not Minot?

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.

THANKS!!

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.

Apparently, the local news covered the event as well as Craig Nansen, the district technology coordinator for Minot Public Schools is currently the only Google Certified Teacher in North Dakota.

Minot Daily News
http://minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/540143.html

KMOT-TV
http://kmot.com/News_video.asp?news=40689

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
  • Picasa
  • YouTube
  • Google Sites
  • Search Part 2
  • Google Maps
  • Google Earth
  • Sketchup
  • 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:

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.

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Rumors Confirmed – Google Teacher Academy #7 in August

Google Teacher Academy

Boulder, Colorado

August 5, 2009

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Just over 300 educators in the United States have been certified through the Google Teacher Academy and they are gearing up for the 7th cohort this summer on August 5. In order to apply for the Academy you must complete an application including a one-minute video. Both are reviewed by a panel of educators from across the U.S. (Please read some excellent suggestions for your application at Kevin Jarrett’s blog.)

Should you not be prepared to travel to Colorado and you are in the New Jersey area you have another option this July. The CMSCE at Rutgers University has had to pleasure of hosting the Google Learning Institute in partnership with Cue along with fellow GCTs Erica Hartman, Kern Kelley and Jesse Spevack this past March for 40 NJ Educators ranging from 2nd grade through higher ed. We had such an overwhelming response, that we scheduled a second GLI for May 28 (coming up in just a few short weeks) where we will be joined by GCTs Erica Hartman, Andrew Gallagher and Jerry Crisci. But, we still had a waiting list of area educators looking to learn about all the Google Apps and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning.

GWE

Piscataway, New Jersey

July 15 and 16, 2009

On July 15 and July 16, Kevin Jarrett, Kern Kelley and several middle school students from Maine and New Jersey will join me to host a two-day Google Workshop for Educators. This two-day event will take you beyond the one-day fast-paced introduction to Google Apps and end in a proof of concept project. For more information and to register for this event, please visit the Center’s website.