Google offers a unique opportunity for K-12 teachers to sharpen their skills. The Google Teacher Academy offers certification to become a Google Certified Teacher. The teachers can than pass on new innovative technologies to their students and colleagues. Google describes the free program as:

The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region.

 50 innovative educators are selected to attend each GTA based on the merits of their online application. Potential applicants include classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, technology specialists, librarians, administrators, professional trainers, and other education professionals who actively serve K-12 teachers and students.

Participants are selected based on their professional experience, their passion for teaching and learning, and their successful use of technology in K-12 settings. Since the program relies on a “train-the-trainers” model, we are particularly interested in educators who actively provide technology-related mentoring or training for classroom teachers.

More information can be found at the Google site here.

Applications are also available on the site.

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