Google has announced a Google Teacher Academy for Administrators in San Antonio, TX in March 5, 2010. The deadline for application is January 25, 2010. Here is the announcement from the website -“The Google Teacher Academy for Administrators is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educational leaders 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 learn how to apply examples from our 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 – and around the world. This GTA will be held in San Antonio, Texas, right before the ASCD conference. If you’re already planning to attend ASCD, we hope you’ll also consider applying to the GTA for Administrators.”
An interesting discussion developed on Twitter and is continuing on David Jakes’ Blog – The Strength of Weak Ties about the nature of this offering. David suggests that the time has come to move beyond teaching the tools especially with this audience. David is one of my personal Web 2.0 heroes and has taught me more that he will ever know. He always is thoughtful, passionate and (except when tweeting about all things Chicago), insightful. When he speaks, I listen. It is a discussion worth following.
For those that are not familiar with the Google Teacher Academy (GTA) and the process for becoming a Google Certified Teacher, it is an offering by Google free to educators. GTAs are intensive one day sessions. They are offered periodically in major cities in the US, limited to 50 participants. There is an application process that includes producing a one minute video. It is a competitive application that draws much attention when a session is announced and I am not sure that there a published schedule of upcoming events. From my knowledge you just keep tuned to the Twitter stream or keep checking the web page and be ready when one is announced.