Google Certified Trainer program

September 5th, 2016 by Michael McVey

This just might be for YOU.

For the last few years, Google has provided a program for people who wanted to earn an official training certification from Google for Education. This week they announced the launch of the new and improved Google for Education Certified Trainer Program.

The program has seven new units of study that would apply to you especially is you are a teacher looking for more training opportunities:

CREATE AND DELIVER INSPIRING AND EFFECTIVE TRAINING PLANS

  • Influence Organizational Change
  • Design Professional Learning
  • Implement Best Coaching Practices
  • Planning for Engaging Training Sessions
  • Facilitate with Professionalism

HELP EDUCATORS USE TRANSFORMATIVE GOOGLE TECHNOLOGIES

  • Integrate Google Tools in the Classroom
  • Deepen your Knowledge of Google for Education

Applications open in early October and you should have your Google Certified Trainer (Level 2) by then.

GoogleFEST

August 10th, 2016 by Michael McVey

Today, all the EDMT faculty members attended a single-day conference for teachers in Grand Rapids hosted by MACUL. The 300-plus teachers here today are working hard to leverage technology, in particular, Google applications, into their teaching. The power of the apps and their pedagogical potential cannot be ignored and I am convinced teachers in Michigan won’t ignore their potential for making a difference.

National Ed Tech Plan 2016

August 2nd, 2016 by Michael McVey

This is the introduction to the latest version of the NETP:

The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.

You may download a copy and have a pleasant read. It is packed with great examples and is a very readable document. You WILL be hearing more about it.

Seymour Papert

August 1st, 2016 by Michael McVey

I learned today that Seymour Papert passed away just yesterday at the age of 88. As the inventor of some of the earliest and most accessible programming languages, LOGO, he brought human/computer interactions to new heights for many, especially to children. He had a great influence on me and I have a copy of one of his earlier books, Mindstorms, on my shelf.

Simulated Classrooms

July 27th, 2016 by Michael McVey

Today I participated in a webinar designed to share a new possibility in teacher education. As a technologist, I am often approached about the potential for using immersive virtual environments as a way of training teachers to interact with a classroom full of students.

The technology is becoming much more engaging and the experience of interacting with student avatars is very real, some would say “surreal.”

As a teacher, you can write on a virtual blackboard and interact verbally with the avatars. Note that there is a real human being behind the avatars following scripts designed to encourage or challenge the teachers.

I am not at all sure that future Colleges of Education will ever see these simulators as part of their training but that may because I was trained with real students in real classrooms. That said, aircraft pilots have had trainers for decades and nurses and doctors are using 100,000 dollar simulator mannequins that  bleed and breath at the push of a button in a control room, so it is not unreasonable that these simulators should be used to train new teachers in “high-leverage” practices.