We hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere like us are enjoying your summers and staying cool. And all in the Southern Hemisphere are keeping cozy in the winter. The summer has been heating up for us in Google for Educators-land, where we are currently celebrating the launch of our very new Google Apps for Education Training Center and Trainer Program; we can't wait to share these with you and invite you to Google to learn with us at our Certified Trainer Summit. And for those of you interested in fostering your students' learning about computer science, we're excited to announce the launch of App Inventor; we hope it will encourage students with limited programming experience to learn to develop new applications for mobile Android devices. For more information on all of these programs, please read on...
Google Apps for Education Teacher Training
At ISTE this year, we released a new online Google Apps for Education Training Center: http://edutraining.googleapps.com
Here you will be able to find comprehensive tutorials and step-by-step instructions for using all the products in the Google Apps suite, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, and more.
Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer program
If you are already an expert on Google Apps, you may be interested in applying to be a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer to deliver professional development to schools. Certified Trainers will be listed on the Google Apps for Education site and in the Google Apps Marketplace. Requirements include passing a set of 6 paid exams based on content in the Google Apps for Education Training Center (http://edutraining.googleapps.com).
For more information and the full application, please review: http://www.google.com/apps/teachertraining
Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer Summit: August 11-12, 2010
Those applying for the Certified Trainer program may also be able to attend the Certified Trainer summit. Spots are limited for this summit, so you must apply to the Certified Trainer program and in the application, provide information about a session you would like to lead: http://www.google.com/apps/teachertraining
**Completion of all 6 exams is not required for application to the program or summit at this time. Participants must provide their own travel, and if necessary, their own lodging.**
Agenda topics for the 2 days include:
• Technical deployment tips and timelines for Google Apps
• Deep-dive sessions on using Google Apps products in the classroom
• Hands-on workshops sharing strategies for delivering training
• Discussions for engaging schools with Google Apps
• Breakout sessions based on topics of interest submitted by attendee
We are excited to announce the launch of App Inventor for Android:
App Inventor is a Google Labs tool that makes it easy for anyone—especially students with limited programming experience—to create mobile applications for Android-powered devices. With App Inventor, rather than writing code, students visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the application’s behavior.
For the past year, we’ve been testing App Inventor in classrooms around the United States, and we’ve found that it opens up the world of computer programming to students in new and powerful ways. Margaret Butler, computer science Ph.D and Iridescent Instructor (http://www.iridescentlearning.org/),used App Inventor with 65 high school girls this past spring. She had this to say about using App Inventor, "Combining the low barrier to entry that App Inventor has, with the familiar platform of a mobile phone, and you have a winning combination that encourages young [people] to believe that they can build applications for their phones; moreover, after successfully using App Inventor, these [young people] are more interested in Computer Science and believe that they can be successful in this field."
We will be extending invitations to access App Inventor over the coming weeks. You can request an invitation by filling out this form:
You can also read more about App Inventor here:
and review our Educator FAQ:
Well folks, we will let you get back to your hard work - whether it be in the classroom teaching students, in a conference racking up some very important professional development hours, or even on beach enjoying some hard-earned rest and relaxation, get back to it. And we want to remind you how much we appreciate all the work you do all year round. On behalf of your students and on behalf of Google, we thank you.
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