Google Teacher Academy Sydney application

This is my application video for the Google Teacher Academy being held in Sydney in April 2011. I originally had another idea, but it involved a humorous jab at Steve Jobs and the Apple Distinguished Educator’s program, and with the recent news about Steve standing down as CEO of Apple due to ill health, I thought it would be in poor form. So, this is what I came up with instead.

I have no idea if it’s got any chance of helping me gain a guernsey to what I’m sure will be an outstanding day, but it was fun putting it together anyway. It was filmed in our brand new school library at Toorak College, and you’ll notice the lack of furniture in the background shots. Steve, a colleague from school, helped me with the filming, and we shared a few laughs as I made attempts to get my part down in one take. Hence the out-take at the end of the video! The click sound was added to Freesound by TicTacShutUp and is licensed under a Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

Chris Betcher, Tania Sheko and Phil Hogg are a few of the many teachers who have created really interesting videos in the hope of becoming a Google Certified Teacher. Take a look at their efforts. It’s the first time Google have offered this outside of the United States, and they are seeking applicants from a variety of nations – and applicants with international teaching experience. There are only 50 places – a fierce competition is no doubt unfolding amongst all those applications Google are receiving. I’ve just scraped in in terms of my application, as it closes on January 27th. Successful applicants will hear the good news towards the end of February.

8 Replies to “Google Teacher Academy Sydney application”

  1. Good one, Jenny! You’re so natural on camera. Good luck. Anyone who knows you will be assured that, given the opportunity to be a Google certified educator, you’ll pay it forward.

  2. Hi my name is Justin Hyde and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I do feel that education is being changed more and more everyday. Where you would once have to go to a library, find a book, and then read the needed material, you can now do the same thing on the internet in a fraction of the time with a simple Google search. This opens a whole new window of education and learning. It makes you think what if one day students will not even go to class and everything will be done over web chats and online videos. Good luck with becoming a Google Instructor.

    I have been assigned to follow your blog for the next month and after the month is up I will be writing a blog on what I have learned. You can follow my blog at hydejustinedm310@blogspot, our class blog is edm310@blogspot, and also you can find me on twitter @jchyde01.

    1. Hi Justin,
      I will look forward to reading your post about what you’ve learned from my blog. The pressure’s on now – I better write something meaningful now that I’m under scrutiny!!
      Jenny : )

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