Recently, in October, I had the amazing experience of being selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy in New York - an experience, I think, every teacher should aim for! I have written a couple of blogposts about this experience should you wish to take a quick peek!
1) A South African Educator heads off for the Google Teacher Academy in New York
2) Reflecting on the Google Teacher Academy experience
3) Gleanings from the Google Teacher Academy NY 3rd and 4th October
I came back feeling VERY excited about the potential of Google products in our classrooms. In the light of this I thought it would be great to end off the year with a SchoolNet short, free online course called USE GOOGLE FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. This will be a three week course for SchoolNet Premium Members offered during November centring on three aspects of Google that could be useful to you in your professional development with your colleagues.
The suggested outline is:
WEEK 1 (12 November): Get familiar with Google Chrome's AMAZING offerings
WEEK 2 (19 November): Get to know Google+
WEEK 3 ( 26 November): Get the hang of Google hangouts
The reason I am calling this a Google For Professional Development course is because Google+ is restricted to age 13 years and older, and Google hangouts are restricted to 18 years and older. Both these products however have great potential for connecting you to your colleagues.
This course is supported by optional 'how to' webinars and offers a Certificate of Completion from SchoolNet if certain requirements are met. Please fill in the form below if you would like to join us. You will then be sent an email directing you to the course platform. Your introductions from the sign-up form will be added to the course platform so that we can interact and get to know each other. This course will be fairly interactive in Weeks 2 and 3 as we will be joining a Google + circle and participating in a Google hangout.
Sign up for the Use Google for Professional Development course here