What Is The Google Innovator Program?
It is a program designed and implemented by Google For Education in order to support those teachers who are determined to make a positive impact on educational practices throughout the world.
Interested In The Program?
Below is my application that I just turned. Feel free to provide any feedback or ideas of how we can make this project a success for students!
If a friend designed for you a t-shirt that described you perfectly, what would it say?
Answer: Where there is coffee, there is a way.
Tell us how you have transformed your practice, your classroom, your school, or your community (500 Character Limit).
Answer: I returned to my HS to impact the school that had impacted me. I started the tech movement in our district: joined the tech committee, played an integral part in the implementation of Google Apps, Chromebooks, & encouraged improvement of technology infrastructure in the district. Also, I organized & setup the Google Apps Domain in the HS, then the district as a whole. I redesigned my classroom from a lecture (1950’s structure) to using various tech tools so the students became the researchers.
Link to a piece of content you’ve made.
Grow: Where do you find new ideas and inspiration? (500 Character Limit)
Answer: 1st, my students. Many of my subtle, but meaningful changes in my approach have come from suggestions of students. 2nd, my fellow teachers that I teach with both in the past and presently. Their willingness to challenge me, or their new ideas make think, “How can I do that?!” The 3rd & final place is my PLN via Twitter, Google+, EdCamps, etc. Constantly I see what they’re doing in their classroom, or challenging questions they ask that cause me to re-evaluate my own practices.
Your Vision: Title
Answer: MyMaps Global Initiative
Your Vision: Brief Description: (250 Character Limit)
Answer: Database for students & teachers to display/collaborate on MyMaps projects with 3 part: Details on all the various methods of using MyMaps, display completed projects, space for MyMaps that can be collaboratively completed by other teachers/students.
Vision Deck: Link to your public vision deck.
Vision Video: You have one minute to creatively explain your problem and your vision for tackling it! Google Innovator Application “Vision” Video – Austin Houp
Imagine you are able to have coffee with one person (currently living) who would mentor you in support of your vision. Who would you pick and why? (500 Character Limit)
Answer: I’d pick Stafford Marquardt as a mentor, who was the product manager for Google MyMaps. He introduced me to MyMaps at the EdTechTeam Google Summit held in July at Kansas City. Obviously I’d be willing to work with anyone in that product line, but I greatly appreciate his knowledge, conversational ability, & willingness to share ideas. Not only would he help me to understand the intricacies of how best to manipulate MyMaps, but he’d also be a means to improve the resource for teachers.
Today I submitted my application but will not hear about wether or not I was accepted till May 10th. Best of luck to everyone, and continue to change the world through your students!